Trump right about getting even?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

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 some merit.

Moore

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 portrayal.

"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 preaches truth.

"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 even.'"

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