Throughout the sixteen months of the primary and general election, Trump exposed many reasons why Obama has been the absolute worst present in the history of the United States. However, Donald Trump apparently does not see much point in exposing President Obama’s mistakes and errors of judgment anymore. Trump said in the above video “President Obama, who by the way I’ve gotten along with so well.” They boo and Trump says, “No, no, no, he’s really doing great.”
Trump is now trying to be all things to all people. He is speaking out of both sides of his mouth and saying things that are not true.
TRUMP PREVIOUSLY SAID: Obama will be “the worst president, maybe in the history of our country.”
TRUMP NOW SAYS: “No, no, no, he’s really doing great. He’s been so nice.”
Trump knows that is not true and he said so on the campaign trail. Therefore, either he was lying then, or he is lying now. Some Christians may say, well did not the apostle Paul explicitly say that he was being all things to all people that he might save some?
Here is what Paul said,
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may gain more. 20 And so to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to those under the law I became as under the law, though I myself am not under the law, that I might gain those under the law. 21 To those without law I became as without law, although I am not without law toward God but under the law toward Christ, that I might gain those without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 But I do all things for the sake of the gospel, that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
Brief Comments on Our Lesson from Trump
What did Paul mean by “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” To help those who listen to us understand the good news of the kingdom, we attempt to determine their needs and concerns, their likes and dislikes, and their fears and worldview.
We cannot take the idea of becoming all things to all people beyond what Paul meant. We do not water down the truth to gain people. We do not become like the world in order to gain people from the world. We do not become like false religion in order to bring people out of false religion. Paul could be like the Jew and be under the Mosaic Law even though he was not a part of Judaism, or under the law. The Mosaic Law was no longer applicable because Jesus had nailed it to the cross, but it was also not pagan or bad, so Paul could take part in some Jewish things in order to win people for Christ. The Jewish system had ended at Jesus’ execution but was ending in a very visible way in 70 A.D., when General Titus destroyed Jerusalem, which was after Paul’s martyrdom and the Jewish people would then know for a certainty that Christianity was now the truth and the way.
How did Paul ‘to those without law [pagans, non-Jews] become as without law, although he was not without law toward God but under the law toward Christ.” For example, when witnessing to those in Athens, Paul took into account the mindset and worldview of the Grecians and spoke of an unknown God while quoting their poets Aratus and Cleanthes.
How did Paul ‘become weak, that he might gain the weak’? Paul was aware of the needs and concerns of the spiritually weak, be they Jewish or non-Jewish, so he might for example not eat meat from the marketplace because the spiritually weak might see that as a sin, for it was leftover meat from the temples, where false gods had been worshiped.
Therefore, we need to understand what it means to “become like all people that we might save some.” It does not mean that we water down the Word of God but we may witness with the Word in such a way that we season our words with salt. It does not mean that we become like the world, like the so-called heavy metal Christian bands or witnessing to people in bars. Rather we allow our Christian conduct in a humble and respectful way to reflect well on Christ and Christianity, meaning we get to know their needs and concerns, their likes and dislikes, their fears and worldviews so that we might have some common ground in which to share the good news. We definitely do not say one thing one day as truth and then say something just the opposite the next as truth.