When I read Dr. James Dobson's interview at Charisma News about Donald Trump becoming a Christian, where he stated, "I believe he really made a commitment, but he's a baby Christian. We all need to be praying for him, especially if there's a possibility of him being our next chief executive officer," I privately emailed Dr. Dobson to get clarification. I also wanted to know that if it was true about Trump, whether or not he was being discipled.
Dr. Dobson gave me permission to publish his answer:
Only the Lord knows the condition of a person’s heart. I can only tell you what I’ve heard. First, he appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ. Do I know that for sure? No. Do I know the details of that alleged conversion? I can’t say that I do. But there are many Christian leaders who are serving on a faith advisory committee for Trump in the future. I am among them. There are about 45 of us that include Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Ben Carson, James Robison, Jerry Johnson, and many others whom you would probably know. We’ve all agreed to serve. How will that play out if Trump becomes president. I don’t know. It is a good start, I would think.
If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn’t have a clue about how believers think, talk and act. All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald. Hillary scares me to death. And if Christians stay home because he isn’t a better candidate, Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days. One thing is sure: we need to be in prayer for our nation at this time of crisis.
Hope this helps.
I appreciate Dr. Dobson's candor and honesty. His answer, as he wrote to me in a succeeding email, is stated with disclaimers of not knowing for sure if Mr. Trump actually is saved.
I told him that I am both skeptical and hopeful. My skepticism is grounded in the fact that I do not consider Paula White a minister of the word. However, even the lost can lead the lost to Christ. I am further skeptical because there is usually immediate evidence of repentance when someone comes to Christ. I've yet to see that from Mr. Trump.
I am hopeful, because if Mr. Trump did give his life to Christ, the many men of faith whom have access to him can not only help disciple him in his new life in Christ, but also help Mr. Trump to develop a biblical worldview.
We can cast stones at James Dobson, whom I find a very kind and gracious man, and completely discount Donald Trump's supposed Christian conversion.
Or we can pray for not only Mr. Trump's salvation and sanctification, but also for Trump's faith advisory committee that they would have great influence over him based on biblical principles.
Is this not what we should be praying for?