As Evangelicals, we take the Bible very seriously – it is the authoritative guide for our faith. Therefore, we believe as the psalmist says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” (Psalm 24:1 -NIV). The entire earth and all who live in the earth not only belong to God, but were created by Him. As such, everyone has inherent value and dignity that comes from God himself.
Although our nation has failed throughout history to live up to these ideals, we set these Biblical values as our national goals in the founding document of our nation, The Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Therefore we are appalled at the vulgarity, as stated by this article, spoken by The President of The United States in a meeting yesterday regarding the people of African nations and Haiti. The remarks were made even more troubling by the suggestion that Norwegians somehow make for better immigrants. The comparison between Africa, Haiti, and Norway can only be taken as a judgement based on the color of one’s skin. This base calculus is repugnant, and is in no way consistent with our Biblical values or our national goals. Mr. Trump’s words are literally a profaning of the inherent dignity of each human being and a profaning of Scripture.
“What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” … Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. (Acts 10: 15a, 34-36 (NRSV).
The words spoken yesterday by the President of the United States are an affront to the Gospel, Christians, the people of the United States and our Constitution. They are an insult to the Office of The Presidency and a violation of Mr. Trump’s Oath of Office.
If Mr. Trump doesn’t immediately apologize to the people of the United States and the world, commit himself and his administration to anti-racist policies and rhetoric, and amend his ways, his ability to remain in office is in question.