Here is a great opportunity to sharpen the discernment of your children, and provoke some great discussion…
Watch the short video clip below with your family (or just some of your children) and see what they can pick up from it. Before you start, brief them that this is a USA presidential candidate, and how it is far more common in the States (than here in NZ) for most people to call themselves “Christian”. Ask the children to decide whether they think the man in the clip (Donald Trump) gives answers to the questions that would indicate he is a true believer or not.
This can lead into a great discussion about what makes someone a Christian (repentance and faith, as a result of God’s work of regeneration) and why the true gospel must be preached. It could also lead to a time of asking your children where they are currently at in regard to the gospel? Perhaps ask the Christian all the things Mr Trump lists as proof of his faith, and compare that to what Scripture teaches. If you have time, let me know how it goes I would love to hear about it!
Don’t cheat and read it yet, but below the video there is a list of the things that Mr Trump gives as proof he is a “Christian” – you may pick up on others I missed.
Proofs given by Mr Trump that he is a Christian….
- He is a religious person
- He is Protestant
- He is a Presbyterian
- He prays
- He goes to church
- He loves God
- He takes communion
- He has made good business deals
- He owns lots of property
- God has helped him in life and business
[Act 2:37-38 NKJV] 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Disclaimer #1 – I am not making a political point here, it’s just a great video to highlight what it is that does/doesn’t make someone a believer.
- Disclaimer #2 – I am not saying that we can always, or should always determine/decide if a person is a believer or not by what they say – but God does call us to judge fruit, and truth, and make it clear what does/doesn’t reflect saving faith.