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Donald Trump's Christmas Statement Shows How Little He Understands About Christianity

Man in a suit gives a thumbs up in front of a Christmas tree, while woman in red smiles in the background.

President Donald Trump represents a night and day difference from Barack Obama. This week, Trump gave a Christmas statement that explicitly mentioned God and Jesus Christ — while in 2015 Obama left Jesus out of a statement about the meaning of Christmas. Even so, Trump's statement revealed his complete misunderstanding of the Christian faith and the real meaning of Christmas.

"The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son and the most extraordinary gift of all — the gift of God's love for all humanity," Trump said. "Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history."

"Each and every year at Christmas time, we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it's about who we are — each one of us is a child of God," the president added. "That is the true source of joy this time of the year. That is what makes every Christmas merry."

On its face, this statement seems very positive for biblical Christians in America. After all, Trump unequivocally said Jesus Christ "changed the course of human history." This is an understatement — not just because Christians believe Jesus reconciled sinners to God, but because His resurrection inspired many elements of modern prosperity: science, hospitals, organized charities, free markets, limited government, the abolition of slavery, and more.

Even so, Trump made two tragically inaccurate statements that seriously damage the real meaning of Christmas, according to the Bible. Indeed, these statements could be seen as a rejection of the gospel message at the center of the Christian faith.

First, Trump mischaracterized the Holy Family (Jesus, His mother Mary, and her husband Joseph). The president said the Christmas story involves "a mother, a father, [and] their baby son."

The biblical accounts of Jesus' birth present his mother Mary as a virgin when she gives birth in Bethlehem. How could a virgin give birth? The archangel Gabriel answered this very question in speaking to the virgin Mary: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy — the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).