taking the words of Jesus seriously

I’m giving away FREE books to folks who are thinking about voting for Trump.  

I realize that many of you who follow my stuff are not Trump-supporters, but I’m hoping you will share this with people you know who are. I am sincerely trying to get underneath what is motivating many older, mostly white evangelicals to support his bid for Presidency.  

As a committed Christian, I am deeply troubled by the things Donald Trump has said, and the values he espouses. They just seem so different from the values of Jesus.

Just recently, Mr. Trump declared, “We are going to get greedy for the United States, and grab and grab and grab.” But greed is one of the seven deadly sins, something Scripture denounces over and over, saying the “love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Jesus insists that we cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:19 ), and radically proclaims, “Blessed are the poor… Woe to you who are rich” (Luke 6:24).

And that’s just the latest disturbing thing we’ve heard from Mr. Trump.

He has insulted women, folks with disabilities, immigrants and Muslims. He’s said that he could walk in the middle of 5th Avenue in New York City and shoot someone and still win the election. Without judging Mr. Trump, the fragrance of his message just doesn’t smell like Jesus. He called the Pope “disgraceful”, and has now been endorsed by the former leader of the KKK, David Duke. One does start to wonder: Aren’t the priorities of Jesus radically at odds with those of the KKK?

So — I am genuinely trying to understand how a committed Christian would be compelled to support Donald Trump.

Here’s the deal – I’m giving away as many books as I can — to people who will take the time to explain in 500 words or so how your commitment to Jesus inclines you to support Donald Trump. This is not a joke — I’m serious. Please include your phone number, if you are willing to talk and pray with me on the phone.

You can send your 500-word essay with “TRUMP?” as the subject-line to this address:

And for the sake of transparency, the book I’m sending you is Jesus for President. I think you’ll like it. It’s for political misfits and folks who are fed up with the filthy rotten system… but who also still believe in the power of love.

About The Author


Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist,
 sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.” Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author of several books, 
including "The Irresistible Revolution," "Jesus for President," "Executing Grace," "Beating Guns," and his newest book, "Rethinking Life (released in Feb 2023)." He is the visionary leader of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and co-director of Red Letter Christians. His work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.

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