Listening to the Pope last week commenting on his view of anyone who wishes to build walls to prevent migration (obviously referring to #Donald Trump) as not being Christian, was for sure going to be met with some heated rhetoric from the mouth of #GOP front runner Donald Trump.
On concluding his trip in Mexico, the Pope is quoted as saying “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.” This surely lit the flames in the furnaces at the Trump HQ, I am sure you can imagine the expression on his face when hearing his Holiness speaking to the media.
Who's pulling the wool over whose eyes?
Several things come to mind when listening to the Pope, is this a personal view or one of the Church itself? Are we reverting back to the days when the Church became the key to political success and leadership? Was the Pope influenced at all following his recent meeting with the Orthodox Patriarch in Cuba, where they agreed to work on healing centuries-old wounds? Is this the reality in today's “democratic society," where spiritual leaders are voicing their views and encouraging some sort of influence on the outcome of the elections? How has religion played its role in history and the "transformation" of countries and people? Who is controlling who here in the alleged free world?
Of course, dear old Donald Trump could not contain himself for very long before setting about yet another scathing attack on a new target, the Pope. Trump went public with his comments and said:
“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President, I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.”
Questioning Christian values
The Pope is not the first to question Trumps Christian values and principles, one can hardly escape the fumbled attempts to quote the Bible at recent rallies in an attempt to touch the hearts of religious voters. His track record of religion or Christianity certainly raises a few questions wherever he goes, but let’s be honest, he's a multi-billionaire trying to get the most value out of a pitch battle with anyone. Whether it's the other Presidential candidates, the establishment, his boardroom, or now even the Church.
There's no doubt that the voting public will view his Christian values with a magnifying glass -- whether it will affect the outcome of the campaign as a whole, who knows? There's a long road to follow before the White House prize package is won, but for sure Trump is showing his “true self." Christians are taught to forgive, or turn the other cheek – or at least, this is the tone of Christianity.
It would appear the jury is out on whether this will be a future match made in heaven or is the highway to hell for Mr Trump, one thing's for sure: the Pope is elected the head of the Church, and will remain in his place for the foreseeable future, unlike Mr Trump who is yet to be elected. Some hard decisions are ahead for the voting public, let’s hope they can see through the scorching words of a property mogul. The people want to find the best nomination for the new leader of United States, you decide who it's going to be. #Election 2016