James MacDonald, megachurch pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in an Chicago suburb of Illinois, has shown himself to be a false prophet. MacDonald was a originally a supporter of Donald Trump after Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination. But following the airing of an 11-year-old tape in which Trump made crude and sexually aggressive remarks about women, MacDonald took back his endorsement of Trump, calling him “lecherous and worthless.” I have no problem with his calling Trump lecherous. That may very well apply to him. But worthless? What if he had described homosexuals and women who get abortions as worthless? And could you imagine Jesus calling someone worthless? I couldn’t because Jesus saw worth in everyone. That’s why he died on the cross for everyone. Calling someone worthless implies that Jesus wasted some of his blood. It is, in effect, trampling Jesus’ blood under your feet. Jesus warned us not to call anyone a fool. He said anyone who does would be in danger of hell fire. I can’t imagine that a person who calls someone worthless would be in any less danger.
But even more disturbing is the fact that MacDonald did not stop there. He endorsed violence against Trump. He said that Trump is the kind of “guy who gets a punch in the head from worthy men who hear him talk that way about women.” A true minister of the gospel would never say anything as egregious as that, which, by the way, should result in MacDonald getting a visit from the Secret Service. Jesus said a lot a things about various people but he never implied that they deserved to become victims of violence. That was a completely atrocious and unacceptable remark on the part of “Rev.” MacDonald. He should fall on his knees immediately and beg God to forgive him for saying such a thing while pretending to be a pastor. And just who exactly are those “worthy” men who get to punch Trump in the head? To paraphrase Jesus’ admonition to those who were preparing to stone a woman who was caught in the act of adultery: He who is without sin, throw the first punch. Sin is sin. Trump’s sins are no worse than anyone else’s. MacDonald should open his Bible and focus on the part that says, “Judge not lest ye be judged.”