Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
People are claiming Donald Trump is angry. In Trump’s book, “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again,” he writes that he is angry – angry at what has happened to the country. Although I share his urgency, I don’t believe that Donald Trump is emotionally angry. Very few men truly understand “righteous anger.” Donald Trump might.
Dealing with anger and angry people the past 26 years for my nonprofit, BOND, I have focused on helping angry young black men, and all people, to drop their anger.
Anger, I believe, is the No. 1 form of “playing god” – unrighteous judgment – that holds people back in life, keeping them trapped in their passions, sin and vice.
There is no love in anger. The Bible says, “Do not be angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God requires.”
Now, many counter that the same Bible says, “Be angry, yet sin not.”
What is this “righteous anger” that overcomes evil? Some people think they know: They are angry at evil within themselves or in the world, and they feel good about judging that evil. But it does them no good; it complicates problems and stops nothing.
(If you’ll notice, evil has only flourished under Obama even after the tea party’s supposed “righteous anger” elected new feeble leadership in 2010 and 2014.)
Most people do not have love, nor real “righteous anger.” From childhood, people learn a false, emotional “love” from backward “families” in which mother is “boss,” or father is morally weak, if there at all. The resulting “love” is rooted in anger, and led by emotion, guilt – false judgment.
Many of the best Christian families I’ve dealt with through BOND, counseling, speaking at churches and rallies, show a weak imitation of love that makes them ineffective in the world –people pleasing and false “peace keeping.” They may follow rules of politeness, clean language, not insulting people, but cannot “speak the truth in love.” White Christian men have a mute, fearful spirit, picked up as children that stops them from being honest with others (including loved ones, blacks and women). They cover up their anger with a veneer of “decency,” which is really “timidity,” lacking the God-given “spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.”
Despite all the coarse language and insults coming from Trump toward those who attack him, I have not seen anger in Donald Trump. Trump honestly expresses what we know is true in his own, maybe imperfect way. Trump is fundamentally always himself. Others have tried to be “Trump” in an attempt to disparage him and his supporters, but they come off as dishonest, nasty, cheap imitations of the real thing. What these people do not realize is that they are angry. They are blind and shallow. Donald Trump is not angry. Donald Trump is fearless.
Some say Trump has “New York values,” referencing immorality and crudeness he’s embraced, especially in the past.
We all come from a world that does not align with God’s values. As a black man, I was once fooled by the illusion and fake idea called “racism.” I was unconsciously angry, misjudging police and whites as “racist.” Deep down, I unknowingly resented my mother for keeping me from my father, who, when I was a child, represented God to me. Like my father and mother before me, I made a son out of wedlock who for many years hated me as I had hated my father. In my blind state, I fell in line with liberal Democrats, fear-mongers and hate-mongers like Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan and Jesse Jackson. But God knew my heart sought Him, and eventually He allowed me to repent after I prayed that I might see myself. Thankfully, my son too has been restored to me and has forgiven me, but it seems I am a rare exception among sons and fathers who never forgive and so are never forgiven.
White men – the most kind-hearted, generous, fair-minded people in America – fall into a trap of false “love” that fears to correct out-of-line blacks and women. But the Bible says, “There is no fear in love.” This false “decency” of white men is not enough to save or restore our country. Only a few white men escape to find godly courage.
Donald Trump grew up in a world of liberal “New York values.” I understand my conservative friends’ concerns about him. Trump sees the damage done to our country, and has shunned many old immoral values.
Donald Trump exposes in a big way the same evil that conservatives have pointed out for decades: The media lies. Our government does not protect us, but enables illegal aliens and Muslim terrorists. Our government drives out American business and jobs.
Some think New Yorkers are rude. I don’t see it that way. New Yorkers are straightforward – a “New York value” that I appreciate. Donald Trump tells the truth, loves America, and keeps the big-picture priorities of the country in mind.
Article reposted with permission from Jesse Lee Peterson.