Evangelical Theologian Wayne Grudem Supports Trump’s Wall

grudemI have written about evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem before.  During the 2016 election he was pro-Trump.  Then he had second thoughts.

Now he says that he supports the building of a wall on the US-Mexico border because biblical cities had walls.  Here is a taste of his article at the conservative website Townhall:

Is building a wall on our border a morally good action? As a professor who has taught biblical ethics for 41 years, I think it is – in fact, the Bible itself repeatedly views protective walls with favor.

Walls gave peace and security. In the world of the Old Testament, people built walls around cities to protect themselves from thieves, murderers, and other criminals, and from foreign invaders who would seek to destroy the city. People could still enter the city, but they had to do so by the gate, so that city officials would have some control over who was coming in and going out. Today’s debate is about a larger area – a national border, not a city – but the principles are the same.

A strong wall gave peace and security to the city, and one prayer of blessing for a city was, “Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!” (Psalm 122:7). There was also a spiritual component, for the Lord himself strengthened the gates in the walls so they would protect the children and the peace and prosperity of a city:

Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat (Psalm 147:12-14).

After King David established his capital in Jerusalem, he prayed, “Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem” (Psalm 51:18) –  God’s blessing would include strong walls! After David came King Solomon, who finished and strengthened the wall around Jerusalem (1 Kings 3:1).

Read the entire piece here.

Here is a taste of The Christian Post‘s coverage of Grudem’s remarks:

Radio host and author Eric Metaxas praised the Grudem’s words on Twitter Monday calling his article “a sane view of the border wall controversy,” and approvingly shared it.

Yet others were not impressed with his application of Scripture on this issue, a topic presently roiling American politics.

“I admire much of Wayne Grudem’s work. But this is a crass politicization of biblical interpretation. It helps confirm secular critics’ worst caricatures of evangelicalism as politics masquerading as piety,” tweeted Thomas Kidd, a professor of history at Baylor University Monday.

The list of modern American political issues that the Bible speaks to directly is short, he said, adding that it reminded him of “the Moral-Majority era voting lists which touted tax cuts and such as the ‘biblical’ position.”

“There are lots of biblical principles that inform a Christian’s political views, of course. And I don’t question the idea that nations need secure borders and a sane immigration system,” Kidd continued.

“But caring for the sojourner is a much more applicable biblical principle in today’s immigration politics than ‘ancient cities in the Bible had walls, thus the Bible supports Trump’s border wall.'”

Brian Baise, a professor of philosophy and apologetics at Boyce College in Kentucky, was less charitable.

“There are genuinely good arguments that can be offered re: a wall, border security, and national sovereignty,” he tweeted.

“But hooooo boy this is a train-wreck,” he said of Grudem’s essay.

Read the rest of The Christian Post coverage here.

What is particularly troubling is that Grudem is revered in Reformed evangelical circles for his Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Theology.

One thought on “Evangelical Theologian Wayne Grudem Supports Trump’s Wall

  1. I guess that this is why the Trumpinistas are always trying to conflate desperate families that are fleeing desperate conditions with invading foreign armies. Which, if I recall my Old Testament correctly, means that we should call upon God to smite them at the border rather than coddling them with child stealing and interment camps. Of course God would need an armed secular force to do his bidding. And a strong man to lead them.

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