Pastor Lucado: Trump's Claim He’s
a Christian 'Beyond Reason to Me'
Best-selling Christian author Max Lucado believes Donald Trump speaks with a forked tongue when he calls himself a Christian one day and launches jaw-dropping personal attacks on people the next.
"It would be none of my business, I would have absolutely no right to speak up except that he repeatedly brandishes the Bible and calls himself a Christian," the San Antonio pastor said in an interview with Christianity Today magazine.
"If he's going to call himself a Christian one day and call someone a bimbo the next or make fun of somebody's menstrual cycle, it's just beyond reason to me."
Lucado — the author of nearly 100 Christian books which have sold 80 million copies — said he had never opposed a presidential candidate before the billionaire developer entered the political arena.
"There was a time in Iowa when he said 'I'm a Christian,' and somebody asked about forgiveness and he said 'I've never asked God for forgiveness.' I can't imagine that. I'm just shaking my head going 'How does that work?'" Lucado said.
"Does a swimmer say 'I've never gotten wet?' Does a musician say 'I've never sung a song?' How does a person claim to be a Christian and never need to ask for forgiveness?"
Trump has made headlines with the shoot-from-the-lip missiles he's fired at opponents, recently ripping Sen. Ted Cruz as a "totally unstable individual" and the "single biggest liar I've ever come across."
During Thursday's GOP debate, Trump referred to Sen. Marco Rubio as "a choke artist."
He also has used expletives to describe opponents, upsetting many.
Trump referred to Dr. Ben Carson, a revered figure among many Christian believers, as a “pathological liar” and compared him to a “child molester.”
Carson did not directly respond to Trump’s attacks, but said conservatives need to look at his actual track record.
“You need to look at his fruits,” Carson said.
Trump has come under strong criticism from social conservatives for supporting Planned Parenthood, and his long history of backing abortion rights, including partial-birth abortion.
Lucado also discussed Trump in a recent blog post at MaxLucado.com.
"The stock explanation for his success is this: he has tapped into the anger of the American people. As one man said, 'We are voting with our middle finger.' Sounds more like a comment for a gang-fight than a presidential election. Anger-fueled reactions have caused trouble ever since Cain was angry at Abel," Lucado wrote.
Lucado, a father of three, is pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, which Newsmax named as one of the Top 50 Megachurches in America. He was also anointed "America's Pastor" by Christianity Today and "The Best Preacher in America" by Reader's Digest.
Marie Coppola February 2016