donkey hoteyTrump supporters such as Mike Gallagher like to contrast Hillary’s proven mendacity, leftist ideology, and incompetence with Donald’s “bombast”–as if “bombast” is the only reason detractors like me don’t like Trump. To tell you the truth, bombast is the least of The Donald’s problems. In fact, you cannot really label his endless character assassinations, innuendos, threats, and conspiracy theories as “bombastic” at all. The word means “pompous or pretentious.” John Kasich or even Ted Cruz is sometimes bombastic; Trump assuredly is not.

And anyway, it’s not Trump’s words that bother us so much; it’s the character, or lack thereof, that causes such nasty, unhinged words to be uttered in the first place. As Jesus said, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

“Bombast” has nothing to do with it.

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About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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