Famous author and pastor Max Lucado gained the nation's attention in a new way when he broke with the norm by entering the fray of political opinion. His recent negative comments toward Donald Trump's presidential campaign launched a firestorm of debate.
Now on Sunday, Lucado was asked during an NPR interview why he felt so many Christians were supporting Trump and why he's warning so strongly against it.
WHY LUCADO IS SPEAKING UP IN THE FIRST PLACE
He started about by explaining, "I would not have said anything about Mr. Trump, never — I would never have said anything if he didn't call himself a Christian. It'd be none of my business whatsoever to make any comments about his language, his vulgarities, his slander of people, but I was deeply troubled ... that here's a man who holds up a Bible one day, and calls a lady 'bimbo' the next. Here's a man who calls himself a Christian and yet just has the audacity to make fun of a lady's menstrual cycle. ... He didn't just do this on occasion, but repeatedly, unrepentantly. Somebody sent me a list of 64 people he's called loser."
WHAT TRUMP SAID THAT SHOCKED HIM THE MOST
Lucado said, "Typically, evangelicals have tried to hold our leaders up, if they call themselves Christians, to a standard consistent with the faith and then of course consistent with whatever office they hold. But it seems like we're more than willing to give Mr. Trump a free pass. The classic one was in Iowa when he was asked, 'Do you ever ask for forgiveness of sins?' and he said, 'No, I don't need to.' I nearly fell out of my chair."
WHY HE THINKS CHRISTIANS ARE ATTRACTED TO TRUMP
Lucado explained, "There's an angst in the country, and I think there's a fear. I think there's a fear of we don't know what's next."
WHAT HE SAYS THE TRUE SOURCE OF THAT FEAR IS
He said, "I'm personally, of course, of the persuasion that all of our issues are spiritual issues and that a disconnect with God creates a disconnect with our neighbors and that leads to anxiety."
THE CORE OF LUCADO'S CONCERN
He concluded, "My concern is that somebody would make a decision against Christianity because of Mr. Trump's behavior. And that's my high concern here. And to that person I would say, the way he speaks about people is not the way our Master, our Savior has taught us to speak; it's not the way our scriptures urge us to speak. The reason I've gone so verbal and vocal with this is because I'm protective of the reputation of Christ and the church, and I would ask that person not to interpret the Christian faith through the words of Mr. Trump."
Do you agree with Lucado?