Business mogul Donald Trump's recent convocation speech at
Liberty University caused a stir, especially when he recommended,
"Don't let people take advantage; get even!" But in a new op-ed
piece, a Liberty University professor says Trump's theology has
In his editorial titled "It's true, Christians should be tough -- like
Jesus," Johnnie Moore, vice president for executive projects
and professor of religion at Liberty University, writes, "…in its greater
oratorical context, 'Be tough. In the end -- win.'"
"At least, that's how I and lots of other people took it," he
continues. "I didn't assume that 'getting even' had to imply mal
intent; I interpreted the phrase through my own evangelical
worldview, and I understood that within the dog-eat-dog world of
corporate America, you have to be fiercely determined and
competitive to be successful."
Moore maintains the blue-eyed, blond-hair Jesus is a lopsided
"There's this tougher side of Jesus, this Jesus that wasn't
fearful to call the Pharisees hypocrites and snakes and sons of
Satan (Matthew 23:15)," he notes. "There's the Jesus that has dirt
under his fingernails and callouses on his hands. That Jesus is
someone who had a lot of love to give to the world, and he had just
buckets and buckets of grace.
"But he also had a tough side, too, and it seems … that in
modern American Christianity, we are disproportionally in favor of
Jesus the self-help teacher as opposed the truth bearer."
The university professor says he has received positive feedback
from Christians all across the world who understand the tension
between the grace-giving message of Jesus and the tougher Jesus who
"A lot of the problems we face in our culture and in our
families and in the church are problems because lots of Christians
believe one thing -- but when it's all said and done, they're
nervous to speak up about what they believe," Moore explains. "It
was the apostle Paul that told us that we shouldn't be ashamed of
the gospel (Romans 1:16)."
Moore concludes his article by stating, "Jesus might have been
meek, but he sure wasn't weak. He had a steel spine; He spoke
boldly and strongly. In the end, he had lots of enemies who nailed
him to a tree to shut him up. Then, Christians believe, Jesus just
raised himself from the dead -- showing that he was in control of
everything, anyhow. I might just call that more than 'getting
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