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An Open Letter to Christians about the Trump Golden Statue (Watch and Pray)

Dear Fellow Sister or Brother in Christ,

My heart has been heavy ever since I saw news reports about a golden statue of the former U.S. president at the 2021 Conservative Party Action Conference (CPAC).

Please Note: This is not an issue of political affiliation, but a heart issue. I would write this article if I had seen a Biden golden statue, a sign proclaiming “In Biden we trust,” or anything similar.

Source: @jharrisfour / Twitter, https://www.newsweek.com/trump-golden-statue-cpac-speech-1572389.

Since seeing this golden image, I recalled Mark 13 in which Jesus warns us about the signs of the end times:

And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.”

– Mark 13:5-8

Although I was hesitant to write about this subject because of the current tense political climate, I am doing so because I do not want any believer in Jesus to go astray into idolatry.

I want all of us to finish our race well in the Lord.

The alarm first sounded after I saw a sign like the one below on the Interstate a few weeks ago. It chilled me because it replaces trust in God with trust in a man:

Courtesy: https://abc7ny.com/in-trump-we-trust-sign-port-jefferson-ice-cream/5892221/

You may recall that the first commandment the Lord gave to His people was this:

You shall have no other gods before Me.”

– Exodus 20:3

Even as Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments on the mountain, God’s people were becoming restless at Moses’ return.

Because Moses was delayed, the people decided to create their own god. They asked Aaron, the leader in Moses’ absence, to make them a god in the image of a golden calf (See Exodus 32).

Tragically, Aaron complied with the people’s demand. In a failure of leadership, Aaron led the people astray, fearing them above fearing God.

The people then directed their worship to the golden calf. I see parallels in what happened back then to what is happening among some of God’s people today.

In Mark 13:33-37, Jesus tells us to watch and pray because we do not know the hour of His return.

Jesus affirmed the first commandment when asked which is the greatest commandment in the law:

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

– Matthew 22:36-40

Because Jesus will return someday, we must guard our hearts now to ensure that we are not directing our worship toward a false god or putting our trust in a man.

This is true, no matter the political affiliation. Here is a quick heart check:

  • Are we loving the Lord with ALL of our hearts, souls, and minds?
  • Are we loving our neighbors as ourselves?

After seeing the above signs, they also remind me to ensure my own house is in order!

I also asked myself this question to ensure my heart is right before the Lord:

If I knew Jesus was returning tomorrow, would it change how I live today?”

We who believe in Jesus must beware that we do not allow the cares of this world to choke God’s word within us and make us unfruitful in expanding His kingdom, sharing the Gospel with lost people (see Matthew 13:22).

As Believers, love is our calling card with people who do not yet know Jesus:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

– John 13:34-35

We also must share the truth with our Christian sisters and brothers in this matter with love as our motivator.

This is not about politics but eternal salvation. While I realize it would be a difficult conversation, think of it this way:

If you saw someone playing on railroad tracks with a train coming toward them and they did not hear the whistle blaring, would you not have a responsibility to warn them to get off the tracks?

The Lord gives us a similar admonition in Ezekiel 33:6-9:

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’

“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

If your Christian sister and/or brother refuses to heed the warning, you will have done your part. If they are lost, it will not be because they never heard the truth.

My prayer for all of us is that God perfect us in His love to cast out fear (1 John 4:18), that we will never be deceived, and that we watch and pray, looking out not only for ourselves, but for one another!

  • TBYTVA says:

    In Summary Family:

    This article is not about Trump, Biden or any political affiliation. Kim and I are declared Independents and our values align with God and the Holy Bible.

    Please, Please, Please read the article again and ALL the comments that followed with spiritual eyes and see past the man and men. See what the enemy is trying to do to God’s people. See how he is trying to divide then conquer in the spirit and not so much in the flesh because he knows the flesh is fleeting but the spirit will remain forever and that is his goal.

    To those who might say, “I didn’t sign up for this”. Be at peace because when God places something on Kim’s heart to write, this is typically where it will land and NOT in the private TBYT support group; you guys will receive it via email and here on her public Facebook page.

    Finally and again, look past the people and hear the message from God.

    To God be the Glory!

    Mike Taylor
    TBYT Virtual Assistant
    Membership Coordinator

    Comments are now closed

  • Susan Sharpless says:

    Dear Kim,
    As a Trump supporter I don’t take my allegiance from Trump. My allegiance is to God first, my husband second, them my family. I am glad that your warning against idols. As, you know people have many idols, such as food, etc,etc. For me I vote per the policy’s not the person. I am very pro-life, and as a believer I am concern about religious liberty. I don’t want to see are private platform being used for any political language. Our TBYT platform is my safe haven from a world going crazy and has been my source of comfort knowing that Godly wisdom is spoken here. I have come so much closer to God because of being challenged. Many people are ignorant and don’t realize that when you put your trust in man “there is disappointment “ I put my trust in God.
    Philippians 2:10-11 NKJV
    That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. This has been a prayer for me in praying that people would truly see Christ as their savior. I need to pray ever more Feverishly for revival, in our country and around the worldThank you Kim and Mike for loving people and for Godly wisdom during this covid crisis your desire to serve God has been a blessing to me and TBYT

    • TBYTVA says:

      AHHH Susan my dear sweet and loving sister!

      This is Mike responding and I agree with your post completely.

      Kim and I are independents. We do not support Trump or Biden.

      Again I must point out that the article IS NOT ABOUT A POLITICAL stance but being watchful regarding the wiles of our “SPIRITUAL” enemy that roars about seeking whom he can devour.

      Our platform is what God created it to be and it will remain as such. If you will remove the name Trump, Biden or anyone else and reread the article you will see that it is definitely in line with what we do here at TBYT; we make no pretense about that.

      Kim will continue to write what God places on her heart and in her mind and allow the words to bless who they will and instruct whom God send it to.

      As for being political, we are on the side of God in the name of Jesus. Come hell or high waters, we will stand on the Word of God and ALL of its Glory!

      I trust you will remain as an intricate member of the TBYT family. We truly enjoy your participation and input and would hate to see you leave.

      Nonetheless, we all must do what God in the name of Jesus lead us to do according to His will.

      FTR: The TBYT group/platform is private and separate from this Facebook platform and you can rest assured that no political language will be allowed over there.

      To God be the Glory!

  • Marcy Ligon says:

    Kim I have followed you for years. This upsets me. I don’t worship Trump. For crying out loud. I don’t even have the words to tell you how I feel about this. Trump doesn’t claim to be God and asks no one to worship him. As a Trump supporter this offends me. The “In Trump We Trust “ is just a play on words. Just typical political stuff. Please lighten up, Kim.

    • TBYTVA says:

      Hi Marcy this is Mike responding and thank you for following Kim as she follows Christ.

      For crying out loud (and we shall) for the umpteenth time, this article is NOT about Trump, Biden or anyone else.

      It’s about being watchful as Christians. Please read the article again with spiritual eyes because I am sure you will agree

      “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

      So let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

      To God be the Glory!

  • Sheila Mouzon says:

    Keep delivering what God places in your heart. Thank you for spiritual food which will keep the weight of sin from us who believe in Jesu Christ. Thank you for teaching us about the weight of the flesh. God’s blessings to you, your family and business.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Thank you, Sheila – we receive that prayer and pray multiplied blessings to you and your family in return!

  • Rev. Doloris Grays Grays-Smith says:

    Praise God for this…. and your boldness to love Gods people enough to risk popularity…. your message is not about politics, party or an individual… it’s about love to the saving of our very souls. Thank you for sharing.
    Rev. Doloris Grays-Smith

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Yes, thank you for your confirmation, Rev. Doloris. Above worldly matters, we are told to seek God’s kingdom FIRST and His righteousness. Because our priorities reveal where our heart is, then this post is an exhortation for each of us to assess where our hearts are and what we have put our trust in.

  • Tashia says:

    Yes, it is in God we trust. God never fails! Thank you for this open letter.

  • nancy mcfarland says:

    Yes this concern me also. I see where the Lord is speaking to me about being a better witness at the gym. Thank you for the truth

  • Mary Joy says:

    Hi Kim
    This was different than your usual message! At first, I didn’t think anything of the statue! I thought it cute! Then I saw the sign. In Trump we trust – I felt a check in my spirit. Something is not right! You are right to bring it to our attention. Thank you. It is not in Trump we trust. It is in God! Yahweh We trust. We as believers have to be careful who we put our trust in!

  • Denise Boucher says:

    Thank you for sharing what God has put on your heart. The article was well written And scripturally sound. Great question is my house and order?

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Amen, Denise! It’s a question we all must ask ourselves because, although we don’t know the day nor hour of Jesus’ return, we do know He IS coming back!

  • Christine says:

    even though I live in Canada and not drawn into the whole ‘Trump issue’ it’s good to be aware of this and be reminded to always be vigilant! Thanks Kim for bringing this into the light and your concern for us/others. ❤️
    God is #1
    Amen

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Christine! May the Lord keep our minds stayed on Him because we trust in Him!

  • Kim says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I had no idea this was happening. God bless you for bringing this to our attention.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      You are welcome, Kim – the Lord tells us to watch and pray, so let’s be diligent in that so that we can finish well in Him.

  • Kecia Williams says:

    Thank you for sharing your concerns and warnings. God bless you Sister.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      All praise to our Father from whom all blessings flow, Kecia! We need to keep our focus on sharing our testimony with the lost more than ever because our Lord IS returning!

  • Ruth says:

    Kimberly,
    Thank you for sharing this news. We are truly living in the end times and the Church of God should not be fooled. The Word says that the very elect will be deceived!
    Let us truly watch and pray-stay on the wall. Jesus is soon to come.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Amen, Ruth – We are awaiting Jesus’ return eagerly!

    • TBYTVA says:

      Hi Ruth, this is Mike.

      FTR:
      The Word say “If it were possible” the very elect would be deceived.

      You are correct, as long as we stay on the wall my dear sweet sister, God’s Holy spirit will lead us and guide us unto all truth.

      Matthew 24:24 (KJV)
      For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

      To God be the Glory!

  • L. P. says:

    Thank you for taking a stand for righteousness!!!

  • Lisa says:

    I saw the Trump statue and never was did I look at it as it was put there as an idol to worship. What you should be concerned about is the changes that are political leaders have implemented and are pushing since Biden took office. It is turning us into an ungodly nation and I’m very concerned.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      I respect your views, Lisa – God bless you!

    • TBYTVA says:

      Hi Lisa, this is Mike responding.

      I am glad you did not observe the statue as an idol.

      Politics is NOT my (our) concern and we will not allow it to be.

      Render unto to Caesar what is Caesar and unto God what is God.

      We shall keep our eyes on the True Prize which is the promise and Word of God in the name of Jesus!

      To God be the Glory!

  • Carol B. says:

    As a stanch Trump supporter, I’ve seen people go over from “supporters” to what I’d call “worshipers”, too. No man, no woman, and no thing on this earth or in this universe should be worshipped, however, except the Lord Jesus. I believe Trump was a good president, as far as any president goes, and quite a bit better than many other presidents. And he won my loyalty for sure by marching for the unborn. But he’s just a man, sinful and needing a Savior just like me. Always important to check our hearts, no matter what. Idolatry is entirely too easy to fall into!

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      I respect your views, Carol – it’s all about keeping God first and putting our trust in Him.

    • TBYTVA says:

      AMEN CAROL AND AGAIN I TYPE AMEN!

      This is Mike responding.
      The thing that concerns me the most in all of this is the shrewd way I see the enemy using the war tactic of “Divide and Conquer”.

      There is NO WAY that dastardly Demon will separate me from the Love of my Father and brothers and sisters in Christ.

      Who is my brother and sister? The one who does the Will of my Father in Heaven in the name of Jesus.

      To God be the Glory!

      • Carol B. says:

        YES!! The way the Bride has been divided…that is something that completely and totally breaks my heart! I believe it breaks God’s heart too.

        Worship how you want, go to the church you want, whatever. But if you proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, then you are my brother or sister.

        • TBYTVA says:

          WOW Sis!

          You are SOOOOOO full of wisdom!

          I LOVE the way you phrased “The Bride has been divided”. I’d like to add “…but NOT for long!”

          Be well my sister!

    • Julie says:

      Well said, Carol! Thank you!
      Come LORD JESUS!

      • TBYTVA says:

        I know Julie, then I begin to get sad because there are so many members in my biological family that has yet to make Jesus their Lord and Savior.

        Nonetheless, let God’s Will be done in the earth as it is in Heaven.

  • R.Boide says:

    I do not agree with this golden statue of Trump. Since you went there with politics how about Biden ? How do you feel about Biden allowing for all the LGBTQ stuff ? How about abortion ? I’m still trying to figure out how so many “Christians” can align with stuff that’s clearly not biblical. Please somebody make it all make sense !

    • TBYTVA says:

      Hi R. Boide,

      This is Mike responding.

      Please reread the article as we did not “go there” in politics.

      As a child of the most high God in the name of Jesus, I’m sure you will agree that we must be careful of the enemy tactics of dividing and conquering.

      Trump or Biden are NOT the focus of the Take Back Your Temple Ministry.

      We at TBYT align our values with the values of God in the name of Jesus. You will find that atmosphere throughout our website and the members of TBYT know that very well. If God in the name of Jesus says “It is right” then it is “RIGHT!” If God in the name of Jesus says “It is wrong” then it is “WRONG!”

      When we see things that challenges the Word of God in the name of Jesus, we speak out. As for the other stuff, render unto Caesar what is Caesar and unto God what is God in the name of Jesus.

      Notice how much I say “In the name of Jesus”. For there is only ONE name given under Heaven whereby men shall be saved and that is the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

      Be well and to God be the Glory!

      • Taris says:

        Mike I gotta say I love the way you cover Kim! Perfect example of Christ loving the Church! Reminds me of my deceased husband whose name just so happened to be Mike. He did not play about me! Those Michaels are fierce! You don’t have to publish this. I just wanted to say what I said.

        • TBYTVA says:

          Indeed my sister. I cover her as God covers me.

          Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

          Thank you for noticing and to God be the Glory!
          🙂

    • Wms says:

      I think you may be missing the aim of the post. It’s to call attention to idolatry in our hearts for anyone/anything. This instance just so happened to involve a Trump statue. It could have as easily been something pertaining to Biden or any figure. We shouldn’t erect any monument (in the physical or in our hearts) that we give place over The true and living God. It’s a heart check for everyone. It could be about our jobs, cars, children, money etc.

      • Kimberly Taylor says:

        Exactly our point, Wms! Thank you for your confirmation.

      • TBYTVA says:

        AMEN WMS!

        I could not have said it better!

        I do feel that many haven’t read the article in its entirety and do miss the point which is why Kim had to move a paragraph about Biden to the top so that there are no misunderstandings.

        To God be the Glory and thank you for your support.

  • Rick says:

    Kim, thanks for having the courage to share here. A number of things have happened during the past year that make me even more grateful to be a child of God.

    At the same time, my heart aches to see Christians of varying political affiliations engage in hero/idol worship, buy in to delusions put forth by mainstream media outlets and end relationships with other believers who happen to have differing political views.
    The Lord Jesus and His apostles warned against the end times. The strong delusion we’re seeing now could point to the approach of the End. I pray we will all be watchful, show grace to others and speak the truth in love to those who need it in this lost and dying world!

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Amen, Rick! After all, Jesus said that we would know that we are His disciples by the love we have for one another, not by how many Bible verses we quote or how many Christians songs we know: John 13:34-35 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

      • Well said. My heart is heavy around what’s going on in this world. I’ve been praying and will continue to pray. This isn’t about politics it’s about souls and deception. When we look to man over God we are truly lost.

        I’m thankful for relationship with Him.

  • Trude Renken says:

    I can’t believe people would say – in Trump we trust – that is obviously blasphemy. Thank you for pointing these things out to us. Take heed lest you fall (sic) 1 Cor. 10:12

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      My mouth dropped open when I saw that sign too, Trude. But the golden statue really compelled me to write about this. Let’s stay on the wall in watching and praying – the prayers of the righteous avail much!

      • Kathy Leon says:

        Did it ever occur to you and others that The Person who wrote the Word “trust” in connection to DJT was simply making a statement of mistrust of Joe Biden as President?

        • TBYTVA says:

          Kathy,

          Please read the article again as it is NOT about Trump, Biden, the Republicans, the Democrats or the local school board but about being watchful as Christians in ALL things.

          To God be the Glory!

  • Krista Painter says:

    Thank you for speaking to us on this. It is heavy on my heart and mind as well.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Let’s stay on the wall in watching and praying Krista – the prayers of the righteous avail much!

      • Ann Navara says:

        I’m concerned as well but this sounds one sided. That is very much the reason for so many people to be upset especially people who are independent. We see it on both sides happening. It’s easy to grow tired of one side pointing fingers at the other. I’ve gotten emails for tshirts saying In Biden we trust. I feel like people on both sides of the aisle are struggling with idolatry and putting government officials as Gods. People need to pray and stop the bias.

        • TBYTVA says:

          Hi Ann.

          This is Mike of TBYT.

          This is indeed “ONE-SIDED” which is GOD’s Side in the name of JESUS!

          As for me an my house, we will serve the Lord.

          I am 64 years old. I was a democrat at the age 18-21 because my parents were democrats. From the age 22 to the present I have been a declared independent.

          It is just as WRONG to say “In Biden we trust.”

          We will NEVER point fingers at anyone because we are acutely aware of the three fingers pointing back at us. We simply want our fellow brother and sisters in Christ to be aware of the Words spoken in the Bible and then choose this day whom we will serve.

          You will NEVER get into a debate from TBYT as we are mere messengers and will speak only that which we hear from our Father in Heaven and/or what the Holy Word says.

          I certainly agree that men (male/female) should pray always!

          To God be the Glory!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Thankyou. Blessings

  • Nancy says:

    I’m afraid it’s too late. I have never faced more vitriol than when I’ve questioned fellow church members’ unswerving loyalty to Trump.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Hi Nancy – I am praying that the Lord give you the words so that you speak truth in love. God’s word says we are not to grow weary in doing good for we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Please don’t give up in praying for the Lord to soften their hearts and to open their eyes to the truth so that they keep Him first in all things.

    • Theresa says:

      Nancy, I too and my family, have been separated from our Church. They unfriended us, wouldn’t speak. I’ve been teaching my grandchildren from my home. I can’t get through, because how many Christians have Love Trump more than God’s people. And the Cherry on top, a lot a fallen into Qanon. ✝️

  • Kathleen Anne Cole says:

    These things concerned me as well.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Kathleen – we must continue to watch and pray as Jesus commands. Nothing is more important than ensuring we finish our race well in the Lord and sharing the gospel with lost people. This world will pass away but God’s word will be no means pass away.

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