Trump’s ac­tions and words are not those of a Chris­tian

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

The foun­da­tional prin­ci­ple of Chris­tian ethics is benef­i­cence, that at­ti­tude of heart and ac­tion that wishes well to all. It in­sists upon pro­por­tion­al­ity where there is re­spect for life, for truth telling and transparen­cy, for jus­tice and com­pas­sion. It at­tempts to leave no room for harm while as­sum­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for all the peo­ple.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump em­bod­ies no eth­i­cal lead­er­ship, Chris­tian or oth­er­wise (“The red state pres­i­dent in­dif­fer­ent to red state prob­lems,” June 23). He tweets a stream of lies, nearly 20,000 of them to date. Gen­eral Jim Mat­tis says the pres­i­dent is im­per­vi­ous to the truth; he does not know or un­der­stand what truth is. He has des­e­crated sa­cred space (St. John’s Epis­co­pal Church and the Lin­coln Memo­rial) and de­clared peace­ful protest ground “bat­tlespace to be dom­i­nated.”

In ad­di­tion, with his in­sa­tiable hubris, he at­tacks and de­means peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly women, agen­cies of our so­ci­ety and gov­ern­ment, and our free press. He re­peat­edly dis­par­ages our great sci­en­tists, re­ly­ing on his “gut” and en­gag­ing in fan­tas­ti­cal ideas about COVID-19, a virus which he de­nied for months. He has failed to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble groups in­clud­ing farm­work­ers, meat pack­ing work­ers and health work­ers, even while deaths in­crease dis­pro­por­tion­ately in Black, Latino and In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

Fur­ther, he ex­hibits child­ish­ness and pet­ti­ness on the world stage re­gard­ing WHO, NATO and the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cords. He embraces au­thor­i­tar­ian lead­ers and dic­ta­tors while dis­parag­ing our country’s al­lies around the world. Many of our na­tion’s friends look upon us with pity. In short, Don­ald Trump is dan­ger­ous. He does not rep­re­sent in any way shape or form the val­ues of the ma­jor­ity of Chris­tians.

Michael Soder­strand, Bal­ti­more

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