Donald Trump, the bloviating billionaire who is currently the GOP frontrunner for the presidential nomination, always frames himself as the best of everything. No one is better at deals than he is, despite the number of flops and bankruptcies he has experienced. No one is more respectful to women than he is, despite the way he denigrates and attacks women like Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina, Heidi Cruz, and any other woman who has gotten in his way or challenged him.
Trump also ridiculously claimed that no one loves the Bible more than he does. Never mind the fact that he could not name a book in the Bible, when he tried he pronounced it wrong, and he is the first Christian in world history who has never asked God for forgiveness because he doesn’t feel the need to bring God into that. Perhaps those things help explain Donald Trump’s view on the meaning of Easter.
Easter Sunday is Resurrection Sunday. It is the day that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when He rose from the dead. It also signals the redemption of man. By Christ’s sacrifice, we are made new.
But, Donald Trump has a completely different vision of what Easter means.
Trump appeared on ABC’s This Week on Easter Sunday. When asked what Easter meant to him, Trump responded in his typical incoherent manner.
“Well, it really means something very special. I’m going to church in an hour from now and it’s going to be — it’s a beautiful church. I’m in Florida.”
“And it’s just a very special time for me. And it really represents family and get-together and — and something, you know, if you’re a — a Christian, it’s just a very important day,” Trump said.
So, Easter is a special time that represents family and get-togethers, plus if you’re a Christian it’s an important day.
Though he never said exactly why it is important.
Maybe Trump should try picking up that Bible that he loves so much to try to learn what Easter really means.
Or maybe he could read the Easter message from his rival, Texas Senator and constitutional conservative Ted Cruz .
Here is a refresher course for you Donald, on the true meaning of Easter, in addition to a powerful connection to how the redemption message of Easter applies today, courtesy of Ted Cruz
“This weekend, Christians of every denomination remember the most transformative event in history – Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection – the ultimate sacrifice that redeemed the whole world.
“The light of Christ brings hope to every corner of the world. This year Heidi and I pray that in the wake of the Brussels attack, as we mourn for the victims who lost their lives in the subway tunnels and airport corridors at the hands of baseless terrorists, we will remember that the light of truth is stronger than the darkness of terror.
“I am reminded of Saint John Paul II’s first return to Poland as Pope. In 1979, upon his arrival, he kissed the tarmac. And the dust that had all but covered the churches ruptured as the bells rang out – one after another. Soon millions of people lined the streets. And when Saint John Paul II addressed the crowds before the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he spoke these immortal words: ‘On how many battlefields has that solider given witness to the rights of man, indelibly inscribed in the inviolable rights of the people, by falling for ‘our free¬dom and yours’!’
“And he asked for the Lord’s blessing upon the land:
‘Let your Spirit descend.
And renew the face of the earth,
the face of this land.’
“That is the redemption message. By His sacrifice we are made new. And as we remember the gift of salvation on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, let us be so bold to ask the same. We face a different enemy than in 1979 – but one with the same goal – to snuff out the light of freedom. But we also know that just like Communism in 1980 it can be defeated because good overcomes evil, truth illuminates the world, and freedom breaks the bondage of tyranny.”
But, maybe we shouldn’t be shocked regarding Trump’s view of the importance of Easter. After all, he did tweet this in 2015.