Donald Trump just launched his most scathing attack on a fellow candidate. This time, the low blow went to his rival Dr. Ben Carson.
For 10 minutes, Trump insisted that Carson is pathological, by his own admission. Carson’s admission: he once had a pathological anger problem – before he was saved.
But, Trump repeated:
“Now, if you’re pathological, there’s no cure for that, folks.”
He went on to compare Carson to a child molester. And he called Carson’s supporters “stupid” for believing his testimony.
You can watch the clip here.
What Donald Trump doesn’t understand is the gospel.
From a secular viewpoint, the gospel doesn’t make sense. It’s not credible, not believable.
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Every Christian was once a sinner in need of a Savior. All are enslaved to sin and unable to change or free themselves from this condition. Everyone is, so to speak, pathologically and incurably evil.
But Jesus Christ comes in to sinners’ lives and “breaks every chain” (Isaiah 58:6). The power of God in Jesus Christ makes possible what was impossible.
That is what salvation means.
So the Christian voters in Iowa aren’t stupid. They simply understand higher spiritual realities than Trump can understand – namely, salvation – because they’ve experienced it.
Everyone who has been saved has experienced the power of Christ in their lives, breaking the chains of sin and raising them up to new life in Christ. A life no longer enslaved to sin but enslaved to righteousness (Romans 6:17-18).
Carson’s story is a beautiful testimony to the salvation of Jesus Christ. Like all of us, Carson was enslaved to sin. And he recognized it in his anger. Every sinner has to recognize their sin and their own incapacity to save themselves before they will repent and call on Jesus.
That’s what Carson did. And Jesus Christ saved him from his anger and sin and transformed his life.
No, Trump, Christians are not stupid for believing Carson’s testimony. Because it is the same story that all of us have.
Pray for Trump. Pray that he can trust in the redeeming and transforming power of Christ.
Again, here is the video clip: Trump attacks Carson.
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