President Trump has defended his appointment of several billionaires to his cabinet by saying, “In those particular positions, I just didn’t want a poor person.” As an evangelical Christian, I have been befuddled by the broad support that the president has received from evangelicals. His position, unsurprisingly, is not a Biblical position.
James 2:4 tells us that when we show partiality to the wealthy, we become “judges with evil thoughts.” Matthew 19:24 tells us that it is “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
For a man who has a reputation for not paying his employees and subcontractors, the words of James 5:1-4 are sobering: “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have horded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you.”
Brothers, open your eyes and open your Bibles.
Sam Hagen, Kingsburg