I have reviewed the new book The Faith of Donald Trump: A Spiritual Biography for the Weekly Standard. You can read it here:
Erick, I truly appreciate the review here. Though we may disagree on the value or rightness/wrongness of voting for Trump, we are clearly in agreement that there is ample reason to question the wholesale willingness of so many to jump on the "Trump is a follower of Jesus" bandwagon. Part of that, I think, goes to the heart of what has become so wrong about Western Christianity when we allow "believe in Jesus" to embrace virtually any level of cognitive acceptance of a few facts of the Bible, regardless of the level of inconsistency between said belief and expected corresponding actions and attitudes.
Quite frankly, it's not different than what I experience in my own congregation as a pastor. Serving in a congregational system, it's a constant uphill battle to strive for elders who truly embrace the message and the model of Jesus, rather than simply voting for leadership based on who has business experience or who the most influential member of the congregation might be that week.
In WWII-era Germany, the believers were much split between the 'confessing' and 'compromising' church, with the former being by far the minority of the culture. I can't help but notice that we appear to be following a related trajectory. May the grace of God spare us and the Spirit of God empower us as we strive to resist such momentum and stand instead for what it really means to be a 'disciple' of the Master.