Evangelical leaders and even the Christian Post have warned that name-calling, lying, misogynistic Donald Trump is no Christian.
Yet, one church in New Zealand has put it in terms even the densest among the the Trump camp can understand: a simple cartoon.
The giant billboard, which features Trump nailing Jesus to the cross, is the work of Auckland church, The Community of St. Luke, and will stay up in the church for the Lenten season and then as long as Trump is still in the primary race.
According to pastor Glynn Cardy, the goal is to remind all that wealthy Donald Trump is far more aligned with those who sought to have Jesus executed than the penniless “loser” Jesus.
“For those of us at St Luke’s, the cross is about politics. Jesus was killed – violently, publicly and shamefully – because he spoke truth to power and confronted the leaders of his day about their treatment of the outcasts,” Cardy said.
“To the Trumps of his day, and to those who see winners as having money and power, the Jesus of the Bible was a loser who associated with those rejected by society. And he died broke,” the pastor continued on.
Cardy added that in fact it was Jesus’ love for minorities caused the anger that led to his execution on the cross.
“Jesus had an alternative vision of reality, however,” Cardy explained. “He was a person who sided with minorities and those who were most vulnerable, and it was this that got him killed.”
Already the billboard, which was posted on the church’s Facebook page, has drawn the wrath of Trump’s ardent fans.
“A church meddling in such politics is lead by false prophets [sic],” one Facebooker, J.B, wrote.
Another Trump fan, F.F. ranted, “You people are sick! Stay out of our elections you Kiwis!”
Then after calling someone a “troll” for pointing out that the bulletin board shows Trump for who he really is, F.F. repeated, ” Using Jesus to push a political point. Stay out of our elections!”