Considering everything that Donald Trump has done that goes against what Jesus taught, all the commandments he’s broken, and generally all the stuff he’s said and done that seems to be against Christian beliefs, how can any Christians still support him? Long-time televangelist and Trump supporter Jim Bakker has the answer. Trump is “a test [of] whether you are even saved.”
“Only saved people can love Trump,” Bakker says in a video posted by Right Wing Watch. “No, you gotta be really saved! You gotta forgive! You gotta be able to forgive…you forgive when you’re saved!”
Jim Bakker declares that supporting Trump "is a test [of] whether you are even saved." pic.twitter.com/Lay3BNfihc— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) January 6, 2020
In spite of the laughter from the audience, Bakker seems to be entirely serious in this assertion.
Trump has done so many bad things in his life and especially during his time in power that even moderate Evangelical Christians are turning on him, like the editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, who published an article calling for his removal from office. However, many far-right Evangelical leaders have remained firmly in the Trump camp in spite of (or because of) his actions.
Jim Bakker, for example, makes for a perfect Trump fan, being no stranger to financial scams himself. In 1989, the televangelist was convicted on eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy after his fundraising scam was exposed by reporters. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, of which he served five, and then quickly went back to televangelism. For some reason, people still listen to him.
Well, some people listen to him. Others only think about him when it’s time for mockery.
His point seems to be that Trump is so sinful that only a serious Christian could be forgiving enough to embrace him. Forgiving Trump is so *difficult* that it's a test. https://t.co/BKZmeH9vV2— Ruth Graham (@publicroad) January 6, 2020
Nah, it's a test of your intelligence.— God (@thegoodgodabove) January 6, 2020
If you like him it proves you're an imbecile. https://t.co/MamAY0o26o
Jim Bakker does not represent the views and opinions of the staff and management of the kingdom of heaven. https://t.co/x0dObkg8BV— Jesus Christ (@JesusOfNaz316) January 6, 2020
That’s not the only bucket of 💩💩💩 Jim Bakker is shilling: pic.twitter.com/LfJPsBKimh
— HucksterFinn (@FinnHuckster) January 6, 2020
— Ms. Imani (@ImaniKushan) January 6, 2020
What if I don’t support Trump but I buy Jim Bakker Survival Products, does that count?
— Dr. Enlightenment 💀🌹 (@jcat_5150) January 6, 2020
Jim Bakker is a test of the human capacity for patience.