Didn’t Jesus Hang Around with Tax Collectors (and Real Estate Developers)?

Why do Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne think followers of Jesus would repudiate Trump?

“Condemning Trump and what he represents plays well to half of America. But isn’t the point of being a Red Letter Christian to follow Jesus, not gain the approval of the New York Times editors?”


Then why do Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne think that followers of Jesus would repudiate Donald Trump?

Evangelicalism was closely associated with the campaign of Donald J. Trump, and more than 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for the president-elect. This, despite large numbers of African-American, Latino, Asian, young and female evangelicals who were fiercely opposed to the racism, sexism and xenophobia of Mr. Trump’s campaign and the hypocrisy of a candidate who built a casino empire while flouting morality.

As a result, much of the good that went by the name “evangelicalism” has been clouded over; now a new movement is needed to replace it.

That way of looking at Trump calls to mind the Pharisees:

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

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