Those are the words of presidential contender Donald J. Trump just a few months ago, in January 2016. The wildly colorful political contender also told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he really didn’t consider God when making business decisions. According to Business Insider:
Late last year, Trump told Republican pollster and focus-group guru Frank Luntz that when the real-estate mogul has done something wrong, he tries to correct his error without getting God involved.
“I am not sure I have,” Trump said when asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness. “I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he 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.”
But now things may have changed, according to a new report from the highly respected founder of Focus on the Family, psychologist Dr. James Dobson. Dobson reports that Donald Trump has accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Dr. Dobson, who now leads the non-profit organization Family Talk, says that he personally knows the businessman who led “The Donald” to Christ, and that it happened fairly recently. Talking with Michael Anthony of Godfactor.com, Dobson said:
“I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian. We all need to be praying for him, especially if there’s a possibility of him being our next chief executive officer.”
Dobson went on to urge patience, calling Trump a “baby Christian” who doesn’t yet know the ropes around the church:
“I think that he’s open…. He doesn’t know our language, he really doesn’t, and he refers a lot to religion and not much to faith and belief.”
Could it be true?
Well, I learned during years of working at Detroit’s evangelical radio station WMUZ-FM that Dobson was nothing if not honest. He is an evangelical, not a Catholic like I am, but I have the utmost respect for his views.
As for Trump, until now I’ve attributed his toned-down rhetoric to good advice from campaign advisors. He’s pledged that in a Trump presidency, he would appoint conservative, pro-life jurists to the U.S. Supreme Court. He mentioned Sarah Palin and South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy as possible members of a Trump Cabinet.
Could it, in fact, be his faith that’s directing his steps on the campaign trail?
Dr. Dobson was among the 900 evangelical faith leaders who met with Trump last week in New York City. He was also among a smaller group of 40 leaders who met with him earlier in the day at Trump Tower; and Dobson had the opportunity to personally interact with the candidate. Dobson said of that encounter:
“He’s a lot nicer guy than you [think]…. I think he is listening. There were a lot of people ministering to him personally.”
Oh golly gee, I hope so! Because right now I’m looking unfavorably at the two likely candidates: One, Hillary Clinton, is rabidly pro-abortion, power hungry, dishonest, and opposed to my Christian values on numerous fronts. The other, Donald Trump, began his campaign as an out-of-control blowhard who resorted to name-calling at the drop of a hat. If Trump is now a believer in a new way–if he seeks the counsel of men of God, and listens to the advice of those who understand the issues more than he–then he may be able to hold onto the reins of government for a term. I’ll be watching closely over the next few months, hoping that his behavior in the debates will show him to be a reasonable leader. And I’ll be looking forward to 2020, in the hope that a true statesman will emerge to lead our nation forward.
May God bless the United States of America.
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