Any many shall be…Faith and Politics: A Response to Beni Johnson of Bethel Church


I recently came across a Facebook post (the post has since been removed you can find the post quoted at the bottom of this blog) from a very influential leader in the Christian/Charismatic world, Beni Johnson, who is the wife of lead pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, CA.

Beni lays out 8+ specific reasons why she is throwing her support behind and going to vote for Mr. Trump.

I have debated as to if I should respond, as it is not my heart to cause division in the Church, however we must stand on Truth and Truth alone.  I will only address a few of the statements made.

Before I begin my response this is how Beni explained her post:

I scratched a list out and I gave it to a political friend of mine and he put all his and mine together mostly his brilliance in this list.

#1. He is not your ordinary politician. Yes, Trump is different. Guess what? That’s a good thing. His ideas – e.g., a sound immigration policy, returning manufacturing jobs to America, negotiating better trade deals – are not at all radical, but do go against the Washington status-quo.

Correct, Mr. Trump is not your ordinary politician however can you please describe to the people what exactly defines any of Mr. Trump’s policies as ‘sound’?  Mr. Trump has laid out many phrases that you have shared:

  • A sound immigration policy
    • Beyond Mr. Trump stating that he would build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, what is his plan exactly?
  • Returning Manufacturing Jobs to America
    • How is Mr. Trump going to do this?  Again it sounds great in theory, but it is not the Government that creates jobs, when the Governement gets in the buisness of buisness, we see what happens (see last 7 years of President Obama’s Policies)
  • Negotiating Better Trade deals
    • If we are to trust that how he has run his buisness’s is how he will run our country, Mr Trump has stiffed the American Worker billions of dollars over the years through his bankruptcies.  He did not just stiff the “big lenders” but the everyday contractors and workers who were hired to build and run these places for him

#2. Trump is not reliant on donors. This cannot be overstated enough. No one owns Trump. This can’t be said of any of the other candidates.

Trump is not reliant on donors, this is a ‘true’ statement.  Has he spent a lot of his own money on his campaign.  Mr. Trump states he does not need anyones money, and yet he has excepted donations from a multitude of people.  For a man that claims to be “self funding” his campaign, it appears is more of a lie than many are willing to admit.  And if he really wants to be “self funded” then why ask for money?

#5. A stellar family. We often forget that we are not only choosing a president but choosing a First Family. While the other candidates all have perfectly nice families, none has the potential for impact as the Trumps. Melania as First Lady? Absolutely. A poised, elegant, intelligent woman, already accustomed to the spotlight, who is an immigrant herself with a keen interest in women’s health issues. His children? Where to begin? Ivanka, for instance, would be a tremendous role model across the world – a working mother who is a thriving entrepreneur. And, in 2015, is it not time to consider having a ‘blended,’ modern family as the First Family?

A stellar family?!  Really!?  I am not going to stoop to the level that Trump did by attacking Ted Cruz’s wife, but they are anything but a stellar family or fit to be role models.

#6. A man of sound morals. For one, he’s known for treating his workers well. Second, is there no ugly scandal or brush with the law – he seems to lead a fairly straight-arrow life. Then there’s his family life. Two divorces? Sure. Marriages sometimes don’t work out. Ask Newt Gingrich or even Ronald Reagan himself. He’s on friendly terms with both ex-wives, though. What does that tell you? And his children routinely express what a loving, supportive father he’s been. Point me to another businessman of Trump’s money with five adult children, all of whom have stayed away from scandal and disgrace despite growing up in the spotlight. We’d be hard pressed to find one – meaning, Trump clearly did something right. Heck, forget the “Art of the Deal” — Trump should write the “Art of Parenting.”

To call Mr. Trump a man of sound morals is one of the most misguided and failed discernments of a man’s character.  Forget about just for a second, Mr. Trump’s two divorces, how about the fact that he has on multiple times he has gloated and bragged about his many extramarital affairs.  He has boasted about cheating on his wife! (I guess you can credit him with transparency)

#7. His policies are spot-on:
Particularly immigration. He’s right on pretty much every position he espouses, first and foremost that of immigration, the most critical issue facing America. In fact, if you vote based on one issue, make it that one, as it affects all others. And only Trump has the correct view, out of every GOP contender. Moreover, each time he makes an ‘inflammatory’ remark, the stats back him up.

  • He will only defund Planned Parenthood if they continue to perform abortions (they do offer other health care services for women).
  • Trump is anti abortion.

Apparently, if you are a one issue voter, immigration should be the one issue.  And forget about Trump’s dirty mouth, it’s okay to be “inflammatory” if you are right?  

Moving on to Planned Parenthood and Abortion.  Mr. Trumps stance on abortion and Planned Parenthood is wishy washy at best.  Many proclaim that he is not a politician, but he has flipped on this issues more than a cook at International House of Pancakes!(cheesy, I know, but its true) His policy on Abortion is far from spot-on.  *In 1999, Donald Trump claimed to be “pro-choice in every respect”, to the point he would have opposed a ban on late-term and partial-birth abortions. His position at that time reflected the extreme edges of abortion ideology. A mere 14 percent of Americans believe third-trimester abortions should be legal.

The biggest lie that Planned Parenthood has gotten the general public to believe is that they do more than abortions.  The vast majority of the health care they provide is referred out of Planned Parenthood.  There are so many other options for Women to go if Planned Parenthood ceased to exist!  Not to mention all of that Federal Funding that goes to Planned Parenthood could go to other services to support women’s health.

According to Beni Johnson, immigration is a bigger issue in America than the slaughter of millions of innocent children in their mothers wombs!  

From Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013, Planned Parenthood performed 327,653 abortions. Over the course of those 365 days (or 8,760 hours), that averages out to 898 abortions per day and 37 abortions per hour.
Planned Parenthood: We Did 327,653 Abortions in One Year” CNS News.com

I am thankful for the transparency that Beni Johnson has decided to exhibit, and the reasons why she supports Mr. Trump.  However, leaders must be vigilant in understanding their role and influence in the lives of others.  If we are going to be making statements and throwing our support behind someone, we must make sure they are in fact based in Truth.

If we claim to be followers of Jesus, then we must cast our support for Jesus.  As a Christian to place my support behind a man like Donald Trump, is in my opinion, direct enmity of Biblical Christian Morals.

 

I cannot support any candidate who is not %100 pro-life.  I encourage you to make the same pledge!

I cannot fathom a single issue that does not overshadow the issue of abortion.  

 

*Excerpt taken from “The problem with Trump’s change of heart on abortion” by:Trevin Wax

 

From Beni Johnson
“People have been asking me why I’m voting for Donald Trump. Some are asking sincerely and some are asking out of hate.
So, the other day I scratched out a short list of the reasons why I like Trump and why I am voting for him. I gave it to one of my political friends and he has completed the list which I might add is brilliant.

One thing that is not on the list that I wanted to add was that I just have a sense that Trump is the man they can get the job done. It’s a personal thing. He is also the man that can defeat Hillary.

So here it is. Please pass it on to I don’t have to keep explaining myself. Lol😊

Blessings

1. He is not your ordinary politician. Yes, Trump is different. Guess what? That’s a good thing. His ideas – e.g., a sound immigration policy, returning manufacturing jobs to America, negotiating better trade deals – are not at all radical, but do go against the Washington status-quo. You see, we’re supposed to select another perfectly malleable politician – a Republican not unlike a Democrat – who won’t shake things up too much while in office. Same ol’, same ol’. And you, little person, you are supposed to vote for more of the same and like it. But the American public has reached a tipping point – we’d rather gouge out our eyes then select another career politician or Washington insider. That’s just electing the problem to fix the problem.

2. Trump is not reliant on donors. This cannot be overstated enough. No one owns Trump. This can’t be said of any of the other candidates.

3. Yes, he doesn’t have much of a filter. Bravo. We keep hearing from the Trump-naysayers that’s Trump’s mouth is a problem. But where you see a loudmouth, I see candor. Where you see a lack of filter, I see transparency. Where you see a man who gaffes, I see a man who is willing to wipe the cancer of political correctness out of our society. Where you see a loose cannon, I see a man who says what he means and means what he says. Or, would we rather the typical Hollywood celebrity or establishment politician (the two are remarkably similar) who runs a statement by 20 handlers, 10 advisers, and a social-media team before making it? Go ahead and call him a ‘bully.’ You almost say that as though it’s a bad thing –a “bully” in Washington is precisely what the doctor ordered. (And P.S.: he is no more a “bully” than those donors in the establishment who seek to sideline our preferences with a check, or smear us with epithets.)

4. He speaks for us little people. Hate to break it to ya’ – but we don’t have much of a voice. We have politicians who will throw us meaningless bones, corny platitudes about the “American dream”, and make big promises they will never keep. At the end of the day, all do their donors’ bidding, and the bidding of Big Business rather than ours. Try speaking up and you will be flattened. It takes someone powerful, who is beholden to no-one more powerful, to lift up our concerns. Thank heavens we have someone who understands those concerns and is willing to be that voice. Consider this online comment:
Trump actually discusses the concerns of the middle-class, blue-collar worker. Bringing jobs back to the American worker is something about which most politicians care little, if at all. Why? Because nearly all are crony-capitalists, tucked into the pockets of Big Business executives who want to outsource your job to China. The other GOP contenders will pay lip-service to middle-class concerns but, in reality, it’s all “wink-wink” behind closed doors in trade deals that ensure your job is lost, and immigration policies that ensure your wages remain stagnant and you’ll face stiff competition for housing or even a fast-food gig.

5. A stellar family. We often forget that we are not only choosing a president but choosing a First Family. While the other candidates all have perfectly nice families, none has the potential for impact as the Trumps. Melania as First Lady? Absolutely. A poised, elegant, intelligent woman, already accustomed to the spotlight, who is an immigrant herself with a keen interest in women’s health issues. His children? Where to begin? Ivanka, for instance, would be a tremendous role model across the world – a working mother who is a thriving entrepreneur. And, in 2015, is it not time to consider having a ‘blended,’ modern family as the First Family?

6. A man of sound morals. For one, he’s known for treating his workers well. Second, is there no ugly scandal or brush with the law – he seems to lead a fairly straight-arrow life. Then there’s his family life. Two divorces? Sure. Marriages sometimes don’t work out. Ask Newt Gingrich or even Ronald Reagan himself. He’s on friendly terms with both ex-wives, though. What does that tell you? And his children routinely express what a loving, supportive father he’s been. Point me to another businessman of Trump’s money with four adult children, all of whom have stayed away from scandal and disgrace despite growing up in the spotlight. We’d be hard pressed to find one – meaning, Trump clearly did something right. Heck, forget the “Art of the Deal” — Trump should write the “Art of Parenting.”

7. His policies are spot-on:
Particularly immigration. He’s right on pretty much every position he espouses, first and foremost that of immigration, the most critical issue facing America. In fact, if you vote based on one issue, make it that one, as it affects all others. And only Trump has the correct view, out of every GOP contender. Moreover, each time he makes an ‘inflammatory’ remark, the stats back him up.

-How about taxes? Trump is the only one willing to take on the hedge-fund managers and blast their ridiculously unfair tax rate. It’s the ideal position – someone with a conservative tax plan but who realizes attacking the hedge-funders’ sweet deal doesn’t make one a “liberal” – and simply shows an individual with an astute understanding of finance and a genuine sense of fairness.

-His love and support for our military and vets

-Against Common Core

-Building a wall with an open door policy, not to discourage immigration but to encourage it be done legally.

-He will only defund Planned Parenthood if they continue to perform abortions (they do offer other health care services for women).

– Trump is anti abortion.

– Against Mandatory Vaccinations

– Believes in protecting our Second Amendment Rights

-Strong supporter of Israel but also acknowledges that there needs to be productive talks from both sides.

-His strong stance to destroy Isis and protect Christians being persecuted.

-His medical reform. Supporting the rights of patience to choose their doctors.

8. Negotiation skills. Presidents have the benefit of being surrounded by highly talented experts in their respective fields – it’s the entire basis for the Cabinet appointments. But, what’s the one area on which a president is on his own? Negotiations. When our leader walks into an international forum, or that one-on-one meeting with the British PM, there is no adviser that can speak for him. It’s the one time the president sinks or swims on his own merits. As such, a stern – even arrogant — president with negotiating expertise is of paramount importance. Governors have keen negotiating skills, sure – so do CEO’s.”

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