What is it about Donald Trump that elicits such vitriol by his detractors? Is it his moral failures in his treatment of women in his younger days? Is it his position on keeping people out of harm’s way? Is it jealously of his financial success or his fame and notoriety? Is it that he is not “one of the guys “of the political world? Is it his ideology? Is it his appearance and or demeanor? The list is lengthy, but does it rise to the level of hatred that is being directed toward him and his family?
I believe it is a little deeper that these surface issues but very simple to understand. “If you find the godless world is hating you remember it got its start hating me.” It is not Donald Trump. It is what Donald Trump represents. Donald Trump points to Jesus. Ben Carson points to Jesus. Mike Pence points to Jesus. Ted Cruz points to Jesus. Maybe not in the opinion or expectations of many Christ followers but in the eyes of their detractors this is about Jesus. The detractors may not even understand.
Jesus put it this way, “If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one if its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.” I understand. Donald Trump may not be the best representative of a follower of Jesus. That doesn’t matter. He represents a connection to the truth that Jesus lived and there is a higher power. That there are absolute truths that restrict choice and behavior.
Jesus goes on, “Remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them. They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don’t know the One who sent me.”
It isn’t Donald Trump. It doesn’t matter who is in the seat of power. Whoever believes, espouses, represents, or is perceived to be connected to Jesus will attract hatred with fervor and intensity. “If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language” Jesus explains,” it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is they have no excuse. Hate me; hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father.”
It is that simple. Hatred of Jesus and his followers has been around now for two thousand and seventeen years and it intensifies every day. Jesus is an alien in this world. By association all those that choose to follow Him are also aliens. By nature, aliens are disliked. They do not fit the mold. They speak another language. They don’t look the same. They must be silenced or removed. They pose a threat to freedom for those that disagree with their lifestyle.
“Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’”
The hatred of Donald Trump and anyone that follows or represents the truth of Jesus will continue and intensify. How does one live in a world of such dislike? By holding onto the hand of the one that is hated most. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”
Follow the truth…Love in return to anger…Focus on the one who is hated more than anyone that has ever lived…Rest in the hope of His return.