Op-Ed

Trump detractors, Jesus persecutors have much in common

A protester held a sign at Saturday’s Keep Families Together Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building. The rally was in protest of the Trump administration’s separation of families and internment of immigrant children.
A protester held a sign at Saturday’s Keep Families Together Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building. The rally was in protest of the Trump administration’s separation of families and internment of immigrant children. Associated Press

One does not usually think about comparing President Donald Trump to Jesus Christ. It is just not what comes to mind.

But Luke 6:11 caused me to consider it. “And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.”

From that time forward, it did not matter what Jesus did, his opponents were only out to get him. Trump has faced the same type of opposition. No matter what, good or bad, they are committed to getting rid of him.

If Trump were to walk on water, what would be reported would be that he cannot swim, that swimming is just not a skill that he has, and that he is an incomplete human being. The accomplishment of walking on water would be minimized, if noted at all. Really, it would be said, who couldn’t walk on water if given the chance, it’s no big deal.

In the story of Jesus, his main opponents were the scribes and the Pharisees, who were the religious leaders of that time. They would be very similar to the Republican establishment of today’s headlines. The RINOs and the Never Trumpers would be part of their crowd.

Although the man on the street and the rejects of society were pleased with Jesus, that only infuriated the “elite” more. As the verse states, they were filled with madness, and communed one with another what they might do to him.

Another part of the story of Jesus is Barabbas. He was a notable criminal, known to be a robber, and he very well may have been a murderer. Jesus had not been found guilty of anything, but his detractors were still clamoring for his death.

The authorities offered to let someone go free. The people shouted to let Barabbas go, after the religious leaders persuaded them to destroy Jesus. This is similar to the Trump story, especially in view of all the information available on the investigations into election fraud and the like.

Many don’t know much of the story, but one of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, was told that he would deny knowing Jesus. It sounded very unlikely at the time, but later he did three times deny Jesus. Peter was getting angry and saying I was not with him, I don’t know him, and I resent you even thinking that about me.

Trump supporters, and even those willing to give him a chance, often are put in like situations. People coming up to them saying, “Are you not one of them?” “Did I not see you with him?” “Surely you are one of them.”

God forbid I should equate Trump to Jesus Christ. Christ gave his life, died for us all, and rose so that we could live. Trump did give up a lot, but in a totally different way. Most people will admit that he was living a comfortable life, and was in the good graces of many. The bulk of his enemies were not his enemies until he won the election.

But comparing the two makes no sense whatsoever. Or does it?

They may not be similar, but their detractors certainly are. It seems to not have changed over the years. Madness still fills people and makes them unreasonable. People still commune with each other to commit to doing harm to someone.

You would think people would have improved over the years, but not so.

Reach Thomas W. Downey of Louisville at twayned@bellsouth.net.

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