From ‘Never Trump’ to ‘Maybe Trump’

By J. Matt Barber
Religion & Guns

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United States -(AmmoLand.com)- I was among a group of hundreds of Christian leaders asked to attend a private event in New York City Tuesday billed as a “Conversation with Donald Trump.” I'm glad I did.

It's no secret that I enthusiastically endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz during the primary campaign and have been an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump's. While I maintain many of my original reservations, after Tuesday's meeting, and as I told CBN News in an interview immediately following the event, I can now count myself among other Christian leaders in attendance who have moved from the “Never Trump” camp, to the “Maybe Trump” category.

For better or worse, this election has come down to two people: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Anyone who thinks that some third-party candidate or parliamentary shenanigans at the GOP Convention in Cleveland will change this reality are fooling themselves. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States.

I believe that if Hillary Clinton is elected, America is done, the U.S. Constitution is toast, and she will finish what Obama began – the “fundamental transformation” of America into a godless, neo-Marxist Third World banana republic.

We've had decades of the Clintons to establish beyond any reasonable doubt that this woman is not only the most corrupt elitist to ever seek the presidency, she's an evil ideologue hell-bent on the abolition of individual liberties and religious freedom. While Great Britain just voted to reclaim its national sovereignty, a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to completely relinquish our own.

Which leaves us Donald Trump.

While in many ways Mr. Trump remains a wild card and though I do remain skeptical, I saw a different side to him during Tuesday's meeting. I appreciated, for instance, that he displayed a level of genuine humility, I believe, and a sincere willingness to listen and understand both our concerns about him and his past, as well as our concerns about America's future.

Mr. Trump was clearly out of his comfort zone, the business world, yet had the mettle to answer tough questions in a room with nearly 1,000 highly dubious evangelical and Catholic leaders. The vast majority of his answers, if he honors the promises made, were extremely encouraging.

He pledged, for instance, to always appoint strict constructionist, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and pro-religious liberty judges and justices, and further promised to do away with the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which, as most credible legal scholars agree, unconstitutionally muzzles pastors from the pulpit on issues relating to politics and political candidates.

“I will tell you, folks, I watched fear in the hearts of brave, incredible people,” he said of pastors he's met with on the issue.

Furthermore, Mr. Trump gave the strongest indication yet that he intends to be an unwavering ally to Israel.

“Obama has forsaken Israel in favor of Iran,” he said to thunderous applause. “I can't imagine that Bibi [Netanyahu] likes Obama so much,” he added, noting that Obama “gave [nuclear weapons] to Iran, which is now a major power.”

Still, while I appreciated his tone and willingness to leave his element to meet with many who, like myself, have been vocal critics, I yet remain concerned that Mr. Trump clearly was not comfortable giving a direct answer on questions concerning the radical LGBT agenda. He did say he will appoint staunchly conservative, strict constructionist judges and justices, which was encouraging, but clearly dodged questions on whether, as president, he will exercise his own legal authority to protect our wives and daughters from men in bathrooms and showers, as well as whether he will ensure that Christians are not forced to violate their conscience and participate in homosexual “marriage” rituals against their will.

His roundabout reaction to these questions was to punt to the Supreme Court, which tells me he still needs education on the false notion of judicial supremacy and can gain a better grasp on the separation of powers.

“On [‘LGBT' activism vs. religious liberty] judges are going to decide,” he said. “If they're my [conservative] judges, you know how they'll decide.”

On the Supreme Court, Mr. Trump offered additional good news, saying that he's looked for guidance from the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, and that these well-respected think tanks have set “the gold standard” on judicial appointments. He noted that they helped him list 11 judges with the judicial temperament we can expect from any of his potential nominees to the high court, adding, “I will name four or five more, too, and soon.”

As to our nation's desperate need for another great awakening, Trump insisted, “We gotta spiritize this country.”

I and others in attendance wholeheartedly agree. I write about it in my new book, “Hating Jesus: The American Left's War on Christianity.” We must humbly seek God's wisdom in all we do and say, including in how we vote. We must covet the Holy Spirit's discernment and ask that, as we, a nation founded on His principles and to His glory and Honor, endeavor to elect our next chief executive, that He might direct our paths, and that His will might be done on this earth, as it is in heaven.

As my friend Larry Tomczak, who was also in attendance, noted of our “conversation” with Mr. Trump, “Franklin Graham encouraged us to look at biblical leaders like Abraham, Moses, David and the apostles to recognize all of them had major flaws. ‘None were perfect – only One is perfect, Jesus, and He's not running for president.'”

I can't know what God's doing here.

None of us can.

If he's planning to use Donald Trump as our next president – as our King Cyrus – then the last thing I want is to stand in His way.

Should you vote for Donald Trump? I don't have the answer. Pray about it.

That's what I'm doing.

About J. Matt Barber:

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in-chief of BarbWire.com and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. In addition to his law degree, Matt holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University. Matt is both an author and a popular columnist. He’s known for a unique writing style (an entertaining blend of thoughtful analysis and Swiftian satire, delivered with a rapier wit). Many newspapers and online publications run Matt’s columns, to include WND, TheBlaze, the Washington Times, TownHall and many more. Author of the book, “The Right Hook: From the Ring to the Culture War,” Matt is currently penning his first novel. Setting him apart from others in his various fields, Matt was an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer retiring in 2004. Prior to turning pro, he was a several time state and regional Golden Gloves champion, competing in the 1992 Western Olympic Trials and winning a Gold Medal in the 1993 Police and Fire World Games.

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    james
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    james

    If you compare the experience the World Famous JV POTUS BHO aka ‘Community Organizer’ has
    since his early days in government, never ONCE having made a payroll or employed people,

    DJT had tons of experience.

    You can not do the job of POTUS all by yourself, you have good people to help you and give you options and make a decision, unlike the JV POTUS BHO who surrounds himself with relics from the Corrupt Chicago Political Machine.

    JohnC
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    JohnC

    Trump is dangerous not only to the U.S. but to the world. He is lacking in experience, and temperament. Secretary Clinton has the patience to withstand hours and hours of hammering by the Republican inquisitionist and decades of accusations by a group of inept Republican politicians. She knows many world leaders by face and name. Her two biggest plusses over Trump are that she witnessed a great Governor and President at the closest of quarters, and she is sane.
    The Christian leaders are looking for a way to follow Trump and having a difficult time at doing it.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    The only ‘hammering’ that HiLIARy should be experiencing is breaking rocks in prison. Grow up and wake up.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Please JC, stop. I am laughing so hard that my stomach hurts. You know, of course, after the election, we are going to chide you mercilessly about these things that you are writing. We are keeping track of them.

    JohnC
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    JohnC

    Yes sir, I thank you for reading. I believe this election is no laughing matter. I do respect your opinions and beliefs and would gladly buy you a beer,
    Stay armed and strong but do not sell the nation down the river to an mentally unbalanced egomaniac.

    TEX
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    TEX

    Bill,after the election the JohnC dumbass will have to change his handle. Talk about being totally ate up with the dumbass !

    gil
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    gil

    Maybe you’re right, Trump is politically inexperience but he is not insane. Maybe you’ re also right when you say Trump is dangerous, but he is patriotic. But you’re wrong when you say that it is only Hitlary who knows and meet the head of states and you’ re also wrong when you say that Hitlary has the patience to withstand the hammering. She is just corrupt because if you are the one who made the same mistakes that she made, you’ ll be in prison for the rest od your life.

    JohnC
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    JohnC

    Yes sir, but I am aware that I am not Presidential material. Trump is completely deluded. I wish that Kasich or one of 8 others were the Republican nominee but no the voters chose Trump. In 2001 I campaigned against the Iraq war, I was in the vast minority, I was right, and I am right this time.

    TEX
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    TEX

    @JohnC,you might be pissant material but that’s it you dumb bast*ard !

    Colonialgirl
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    Colonialgirl

    GEE johnc; Suffered from Recto-Cranial Insertion Syndrome long or is your total idiocy the result of Sniffing the Methane emissions from the rectum of the Shrill Lying HAG and Criminal too long?
    HILLARY is a low life traitor and exposed USA secrets to the world of hackers, She has granted favors to ISLAMIC MUSLIMS in return for DONATIONS to her “foundation” Sure and she defend her Intern and woman raping and molesting “husband” Bill and persecuted the women he raped. She is totally INSANE, Listen to her spew and laugh; THAT IS NOT a SANE person NOR an HONEST person.

    kobs
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    Quote “Should you vote for Donald Trump? I don’t have the answer. Pray about it.”
    In the end, prayers will not save you from Hillary and what she wants to do with this country, which is follow in Obama’s footsteps and go further. You need to get up off of your praying knees and vote for someone who will save your country.
    So to answer your question, hell yeah you should.

    gil
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    I don’t understand why a religion has to be forced for anybody to understand. Why a religion worshiper would hate another religion worshiper if they say that what they preaches is love and betterment of mankind. If people would kill each other because of a religion, why do muslims come to America and why christians convert to muslim. America is predominantly a christian country. Is there any chance that muslims stays where muslims are and christians live where christians are. In that way there’ll be no conflict and no lives lost. If muslims believe in their faith so much, they… Read more »

    Lou
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    Lou

    It’s really quite simple,
    The Jewish population of the US presently outnumbers the Muslim population by a few million.
    The Jewish Lobby, insures support for Israel,
    Muslims have one of the highest birthrates on Earth.
    Obama attended an anti Semitic Church for many years. He is attempting to flip the balance of
    political power against Israel, to end the dominance of the Israeli Lobby. This will take perhaps
    twenty years, but that’s OK with him.

    CW3RDL
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    CW3RDL

    What Winston Churchill wrote about Islam in the “River War” in 1899 still stands. How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in… Read more »

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    Lowell

    You’d be amazed how many atheists are doing everything they can to help out Christianity, and I believe The Donald is one such person. They understand that secular humanism cannot inspire strong enough belief to resist Islam, only another strong religion can do that, and among white people that means Christianity. If they have to deal with a religion, they would rather it be one that doesn’t chop off their head or throw them off a roof.