Matthew Schmitz wrote this back in August, but I just read it today. It is an interesting take on Donald Trump’s “faith,” and attempts to trace the influence of Norman Vincent Peale on Trump. Apparently Trump once said that Peale “thought I was his greatest student of all time.” Schmitz goes on to explain why that might actually be true.
But the best thing in the article is this description of Christianity:
“Christianity is a religion of losers. To the weak and humble, it offers a stripped and humiliated Lord. To those without reason for optimism, it holds up the cross as a sign of hope. To anyone who does not win at life, it promises that whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake shall find it. At its center stands a truth that we are prone to forget. There are people who cannot be made into winners, no matter how positive their thinking. They need something more paradoxical and cruciform.”
Matthew Schmitz, “Donald Trump, Man of Faith,” First Things (August 2016) [link].
That seems pretty thoughtful, though to my way of thinking it does not go far enough: The penultimate line should probably read: “People cannot be made into winners, no matter how positive their thinking.”
There is none righteous, no, not one.