Sunday, on CNN’s State of the Union, Jake Tapper spoke with Donald Trump briefly about God, prompting Trump to brag that he “had a great relationship with God.”
Tapper, noting that Trump had spoken to pollster Frank Luntz months ago, stated, "You said that you’d never asked God for forgiveness. Do you regret making that remark?”
Trump: “No. I have a great relationship with God. I have a great relationship with the evangelicals; in fact, nationwide, I’m up by a lot, I’m leading everybody, but I like to be good, I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness. And I am good. I don’t do a lot of things that are bad. I try and do nothing that’s bad.”
That’s a whole lot of smoke Trump is blowing there about his “great relationship with God.”
- Asked last August to name his favorite Bible verse, Trump dodged the question, hemming and hawing, “Well, I wouldn’t want to get into it. Because that’s very personal. You know, when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal. So I don’t want to get into it.” Pressed again, he lamely protested, “No, I don’t want to do that.” When asked whether he preferred the Old or New Testament, Trump offered his usual vague reply with the usual bombast: “Probably equal. I think it’s just incredible, the whole Bible is incredible.”
- Trump asserted last August that he attends Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, “as often as I can, a lot.” Yet that church stated, “Donald Trump has had a longstanding history with Marble Collegiate Church, where his parents were for years active members and one of his children was baptized. However, as he indicates, he is a Presbyterian, and is not an active member of Marble.”
- Trump’s variable position on infanticide, AKA abortion, would not exactly please a God who clearly instructs his children to “Choose life.” (See Deuteronomy 30:19)
- In his conversation with Luntz, Trump said, "I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't."
Trump's relationship with God may be great in his own mind, but a close relationship usually implies a familiarity with the terms from both sides. In Trump's rhetoric, his relationship with God seems to be rather one-sided.