Seemingly every month for years Roy Schimelpfenig has lamented to readers of this newspaper that Americans are not Christian enough. Ironically, in his latest letter (“Our feeble president,” Our Readers’ Views, Sept. 12), Schimelpfenig berates President Biden, who beyond any measure of doubt is a far more Christian man than Donald Trump, because President Biden doesn’t share Trump’s “willingness to kill terrorists.”
One wonders about Schimelpfenig’s understanding of Christianity. Willingness to kill others is not, of course, a principle of Christianity. According to the Bible, Jesus taught “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44), not “kill them.”
Schimelpfenig and others who advocate a Christian Nationalist worldview do a disservice to both Christianity and nationalism in the United States. Christianity embraces people from all countries (not just the United States), and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the establishment of any particular religion, thereby embracing Americans of all religions (not just Christianity).
Contrary to Schimelpfenig’s conclusion, in the 2020 election 80 million Americans didn’t hate Trump more than they loved their country; they sent Trump packing to save their country from the catastrophe of another four years of a Trump administration.