So I saw a Facebook post about a man running for President in 2016 named Darrell Trigg. It had a link to his official website stating what he would be campaigning. Here is the link: http://www.darrelltriggforpresident.com/campaign-platform/
This is word-for-word from his site:
1. Separation of Church and State will be changed to the Union of Church and State. God will be asked to be an integral part of the government of the U.S.
- The national religion of The United States of America will be the Christian religion . Those belonging to other religions, such as Islam, will be free to live and worship here as now, with their own religion; however, the Christian religion will be the one chosen to form the basic moral principles of our nation, to give it a strong moral foundation, and a right relationship with God.
2. Public Schools – all schools supported by the U.S. Federal and State tax systems:
- The Bible will be a standard required subject in all public schools and universities, for all grades , the same as English and Math.
- Each day of school will begin with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
- The salary and total compensation package of school teachers will be increased.
- The total budget for our school system will be increased.
- The school day will include one period of physical education that includes 30 minutes of exercise four days per week.
3. Homosexuality will not be recognized legally, or in any other manner, by the United States government or any state, city, or county government.
4. Public – Traded Corporations :
- The income and other compensation, received by the managers and officers of public – traded corporations will be limited to $300,000 per year.
5. The income of coaches of sports teams at universities will be limited to $300,000 per year .
6. The legal drinking age will be increased to 25 for any alcoholic beverage.
- Alcohol will not be allowed on university campuses.
7. Marriage and the family will be protected by the following :
- Marriage will be defined as the union of one woman with one man.
- The legal age for marriage will be 22.
- A couple wishing to get married must first attend Christian marriage counseling classes.
- Divorce will only be allowed in cases of abuse, infidelity, or incarceration.
- The penalties for abuse and infidelity will include large fines and jail time.
- Married couples who become pregnant must attend Christian parenting classes.
8. The rating system for movies and T.V. shows will be drastically overhauled :
- No show or movie will be allowed on T.V. systems or computer systems accessible by homes that contain nudity, strong sexual content, excessive foul language, blasphemy, or any form of homosexuality.
9. Abortion will only be legal in situations where the child has a small probability of living and the pregnancy is placing the life of the mother in extreme risk.
10. Industries in the United States ( U.S.) that have suffered from foreign competition with much lower labor pay rates, lower employee compensation costs, and lower environmental compliance costs will be assisted and protected. Assistance will include financial help in building or refurbishing manufacturing plants and training employees and low capital gains taxes. Protection will include tariffs on imported goods in order to establish a market fair for these U.S. industries. These tariffs will be used to help prevent inflation on these manufactured goods.
11. The Welfare Department will be overhauled. This overhaul will include training welfare recipients for jobs that match their abilities. The financial responsibilities of caring for children of mothers who are not married will be shared by the father .
12. The insurance and medical system of the U.S. will be overhauled. Employers will be required to provide insurance for their employees. The costs of medical services and pharmaceuticals will be reviewed. These will be offered at a fair price without excessive profit for the providers.
13. Illegal immigration laws will be enforced . Laws will be passed to assist this enforcement.
14. Several laws will be reviewed, including several statute -of-limitations.
15. Marijuana will not be legal except for medicinal purposes.
And here are the problems with them:
1) Christianity will be the official religion and all other religions can do what they want without being bothered. Sounds great right? Practically speaking, this will never work. It would be easier to force a camel through the eye of a needle than to force about 300 million Americans (a good majority of them non-Christian) to accept the moral standing from the Bible. This idea of Union of Church and State would be a great idea for a new nation, not one that is already occupied and has had its own government set up for the last 238 years. But say this did happen, what would be the effects? Would this new way of thinking help or hinder spreading the Gospel of Christ? I believe it would hinder it for the vast majority of non-believers. The people would mistakenly equate moralism/legalism (saved by works) with actual salvation (saved by faith alone in Christ). Not only that, but people wouldn’t understand the Gospel message and it’s practical applications in the everyday life because God has not opened their eyes to it (that’s why they are non-believers in the first place, see 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 !!)
Also, an unfortunate truth is that many believers think that America is a “Christian nation” or founded by Christians. It wasn’t, it was founded by well-known deists, those who believe that there was a God but He thought that this world was too messed up so He got up and left. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine and George Washington were all Deists. Deism is not Christianity, the Gospel says that God “Will never leave us nor forsake (abandon) us” – Hebrews 13:5; God is “not the God of the dead, but of the living” – Mark 12:27; and it is God who is behind the workings of nature (see Job 37:10-12 and Luke 12:24-28).
A bigger question would be, what Darrell Trigg defines as “Christianity”. Will it be truly Gospel-Centered (as in, the main point is Jesus Christ and all parts of the Bible point to the life, death, resurrection, and future coming of Jesus) or will it include heretical ideas such as concepts from Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses’, Gnosticism, other world religions, or his own personal convictions elevated to “Biblical Truth”?
2) The Bible will be taught as a regular subject in public schools and each morning there will be prayer. How is forcing non-believers to read the Bible, go to Bible Study, and pray to a God they don’t believe in or agree with – showing them the love, mercy, and compassion that God has to all of us? How is it loving your neighbor? It will never work, and has never worked! Shoving the Gospel in people’s faces will never turn them to God but always away from Him. You share the Gospel by just living life, being with other people, showing them the love that Christ has for all of us by our words and actions (see John 13:34-35, 1 Cor 13:1-4, Ephesians 5:1-2). Men (as in the human race) have NO power to save other men (human race), that power alone remains with God (see Jonah 2:9, Psalm 49:7, 15). Along with what #1 said, they would be blind to it anyway.
3) Homosexuality will not be recognized by the U.S. Government. I’m not going to debate the idea that any form of sexual relations outside of a single man and single woman marriage is considered sexual immorality aka pornea, which is a sin – The bible is clear on that subject. But again, forcing non-believers to conform to living a Gospel-centered life only shows your lack of understanding the Gospel, Mr. Trigg. You are not loving your neighbor by forcing regulation-driven morality – that instead, is what you are doing. You are supposed to love the sinner, not the sin NOT plow through the sinner with moralism and politics to get them not to sin – Only God can change a person’s heart.
I am not advocating sexual sin, but… Since when does the American Government regulate the personal, private affairs of a citizen (such as sex) in their home? The government does not have that power and it would be lunacy to give it to them for it would be abused.
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7) Protections for Marriage and the Family. Again, Mr. Trigg, you are putting on a few maybe-practical Gospel-Centered aspects of life and also some pretty ridiculous ones as well, and applying them to everyone, including non-believers. You are also limiting God in this one. How? The only legal age to marry is 22. For some people, that may be a good option, but you can’t have that rule for everyone. What if God (who is sovereign [which means always in control of everything that goes on]) decides with His Glorious power and knowledge that is completely and overwhelmingly more vast than you or I could ever try to comprehend, what if this same God wants two people to be married at 21, or 18, or whatever? Are you bold enough to stand up and say “No” to Him? I think not.
Also, “The penalties for… infidelity will include large fines and jail time.“. Really?, cause Jesus forgave that woman who committed adultery even though the religious leaders wanted to stone her to death (see John 8:2-11). You Mr. Trigg, are holding the stones in this situation.
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As it seems from reading your campaign platform, I am bewildered on who exactly will support you. It won’t be the vast majority of Americans since they do not believe the Gospel and it won’t be the small percentage of Americans that actually believe, understand, and live out the Gospel. So who are your supporters Mr. Trigg? I am not one of them and I do not recommend anyone be either.
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