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A reporter asked me if, before concluding to support Donald Trump, I grappled with the same concerns expressed to him by a principled Evangelical Christian woman. She worried about the moral example Donald Trump is setting for young people.

My response:

Remind your born again friend, that all through history, God has harnessed imperfect people to fulfill His perfect will. Saul of Tarsus spent most of his life killing people whose beliefs he rejected but then became the Number One Salesman for the loving things Jesus wanted to see happen in our fallen world.

Saul definitely would have won all the incentive trips to Hawaii.

King David sent Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, off to the front lines in hopes he would be killed so David could play cozy with the guy’s wife.

David time and again states in the psalms that he delights in God’s statutes because he “loves them.” His unwavering faith in God, from the time he was a shepherd boy, inspired him to establish Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Joseph counseled Pharaoh and Daniel advised four nasty kings. Did they struggle with their role and their support of these leaders? Perhaps. These individuals can serve as role models for the Evangelical Christian woman as she considers supporting a leader with imperfections.

Donald Trump does not smoke or drink and as a father, led his impressive kids to follow suit. Lynn and I spent some time with Bill Clinton at Mohammad Ali’s memorial service and his upbeat, vivaciousness is worth emulating.

Every day we should find an opportunity to embrace Philippians 4:8  – “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—dwell on such things.”

As an Evangelical Christian, she already knows that Jesus is the ultimate role model for all of us. She makes sure her kids emulate his forgiveness, servanthood, and love for others despite how others so often disappoint.

Jesus exhorts us each day to be a channel of His love to others, His hands and feet in a hurting world and a blessing to every person he puts in our path. We are our brother’s keeper.

God blessed me with significant success, partly because I harnessed people’s strengths and pretty much ignored their weaknesses. I evaluated people not so much on their pasts or where they are today, but on what they could become.  We all are on a journey of change.

At Muhammad Ali’s service, some said he was the most revered person on the planet. We met people as diverse as the former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, former President Bill Clinton, Spike Lee, and Katie Couric.

Several years ago, Ali honored me, a white born again Christian, with his Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year award and welcomed me to his home. He was also best friends with Billy Crystal, an Orthodox Jew. But as a younger man, Ali expressed thoughts about whites some considered racist.

He changed. You and I are changing and so is Donald Trump.

Trump’s willingness to express views, at times clumsily, that the Everyday Man embraces, could put certain issues at the forefront of our political discourse that this woman would support. Issues that others are not willing to press due to their concern for how they are perceived or whether they are politically savvy.

I do believe Donald Trump truly loves America and all it stands for. His courage of expressing what he believes is best for us caused Universal Studios, Univision and Macy’s to sever business ties with him. The price he is paying and the attacks from Establishment Republicans seems to only add to his growing stature as a “folk hero.”

God bless,

Foster *****

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  • BRAD A. HEWARD says:

    Dear Foster,
    As a born again Christian, myself, I also believe in the teachings of Jesus. Forgive and forget and do not judge others. I also know the difference between right and wrong. My God-given free will gives me the power of realism. The unfortunate truth is that the evil people of the world, also know the weaknesses of devout Christians. We prefer to look at what is good about people, until they prove us wrong about them, but still forgive them. What we are experiencing today is an overwhelming example of how we have misplaced our trust and faith in the wrong people. The Clintons are an example of this. To be OK with MASSIVE FRAUD has become an acceptable part of the status quo. That is why I also support Donald J. Trump.

  • Dan Clarke says:

    Thank you Foster. Ali is an excellent example of where God can send us once we give ourselves over. I found him believable because of his passion, truthfulness and “in your face” courage. We’d be well served by those in government if they saw “winning” our trust as an obligation… not a reward. Blessings on us all

  • Dan Clarke says:

    Thank you Foster-
    Americans are focusing on how their future may play out under opposing leadership ideals. I’m concerned about the hate that is being generated. Over the past 24 years all leaders on Capital Hill have been poor custodians of America’s trust. We have too many Americans in poverty, without jobs, and relying on gov’t charity. We field a corporate military. Our peace officers are under attack in our streets. Our justice system has been taken hostage. Our education system has become static, devoid of imagination and opportunity. We’re afraid to say anything someone else might want us to apologize for. This is not a time to hate the many factions within our society. This is a time to listen, speak up, and share our hearts with others. God Bless America

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