Melania Trump’s Plagiarism and Jesus

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Melania Trump found herself in an uncomfortable position after her speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Her speechwriter lifted whole sections from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. When you put the two speeches side by side, there is no doubt—regardless of what the Trump campaign might say—that Melania Trump’s speechwriters plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech. No doubt about it.

I felt sorry for Melania (and being absolutely no fan of Trump, that’s saying something). She didn’t know her speech had been plagiarized. She gave a good speech. She overcame any nervousness which would naturally come from standing before a live national audience and spoke on behalf of her husband. Because her speechwriters did such a poor job, Melania finds herself in the middle of a controversy.

Plagiarism in political speeches is an old trick. President Obama, when running in the 2008 Democratic primaries, plagiarized Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Hillary Clinton stole lines from former Senator John Edwards. Joe Biden had to end his 1988 presidential bid over plagiarized speeches. Ben Carson and Senator Rand Paul both found themselves in controversy over plagiarism. In fact, one of the most famous lines in American political history—“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country”—was stolen from JFK’s headmaster at Choate School.

I can’t imagine the difficulty political speechwriters face when they attempt to help a candidate prepare his or her remarks. What new can you say? What new theme can you bring to the political discussion? That is a tall challenge.

You know why the challenge is difficult: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Nothing is new under the sun. No political speech. No American patriotism. No discussion about taxes or abortion or work ethic or terrorism or war and peace or anything else you might imagine. Long before this country was ever established, men developed and spoke the same themes.

But, not Jesus. Jesus stands in a different category altogether. No, he never plagiarized a single word; in fact, he spoke differently from those in his own age. Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord would remind his hearers of the rabbinic interpretation of the Torah and then declare, “But I say unto you….” At the conclusion of the Sermon, Jesus’ hearers “were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29).

The scribes and Pharisees sent officers to arrest Jesus, but the guards returned to their superiors empty handed. When asked why they had not arrested Jesus, the guards replied, “No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46). Jesus spoke differently. No rhetoric borrowed from those who had gone before him. No hint of plagiarism. His teaching was totally different from what they people had heard before.

What made Jesus’ teaching so different? He didn’t pander for votes. He didn’t concern himself with a short sound bite that would be played over and over in the media. He didn’t check with polls and focus groups before he spoke. He spoke truth—always truth, only truth.

Jesus’ words have value that no politician or politician’s spouse can ever have: “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). The disciples recognized Jesus’ words to have value above any word from man: Peter said to Jesus, “You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). No one by the name of Clinton or Trump or Obama or Kennedy or Bush or Reagan or Nixon has the words of eternal life. No one by the name of Francis or Muhammad or Confucius or Campbell or Stone or Hardeman or Lipscomb has the words of eternal life. Jesus has the words of eternal life.

Because Jesus alone has the words of eternal life, is it any wonder that the Father declared on the Mount of Transfiguration, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Matthew 17:5)? If you want eternal life, listen to Jesus. His speech is different from anything else—his words lead to life. Are you following his words?

God bless!

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2 thoughts on “Melania Trump’s Plagiarism and Jesus

  1. Let me give you pause to reason here
    You would think that CHRISTIANS fail to understand what Hillary has really done in representing God.
    Add to the following Hillary has publicly stated Christianity needs to change Christian values to conform to society, The sole responsibility for any Christian is to vote for the candidate that makes promoting the GOSPEL of salvation around the world. Neither candidates are perfect but Hillary is ANTI-Christian so how much do you really love God?
    Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. ROMANS 13:1-5
    13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:13-17
    What Hillary did she has done as a minister of God all the lies about her e-mails, all the sworn statements she turned over all government material when she left, while keeping classified e-mail. The violation of civil rights of an innocent film maker bearing false witness and swearing to prosecute him for her lies that she knew was a lie, who is now homeless as a consequence of her actions,
    The four dead men who dies when she deserted them in Benghazi and went home and went to bed as they were dying. IT WAS HER JOB AND HER DUTY TO HER CHARGES to insure that the military followed their orders and got help there, instead the orders were rescinded and no one knows why because Hillary was not at the helm demanding the orders be followed to send help. Hillary has sanctioned her husbands action as a servant of God molesting women in the oval office with cigars and demeaned women who complained of his actions. This is the minister of God you find appealing. .Hillary has used her position as a minister of God’s justice as a cash register for personal gain selling out her position to corrupt people for corrupt purposes.
    Hillary Clinton’s speeches reveal she has two positions: What she promises to do to get votes and what she will actually do when elected.
    Hillary Clinton willingly and intentionally refused to follow the same law the latest NSA Contractor was arrested for and waiting to be prosecuted for, for violating the same statutes, because she feels she was above the law and the FBI and AG Lynch evidently felt she was also. Hillary committed the crime the FBI does not investigate intent unless a crime was committed.
    Now this is where the BUT DONALD TRUMP comes in. LET ME SAY THIS AND LET IT SINK IN NOT AS A DEFENSE of Donald Trump, but as the difference of the actions, no matter what he did or didn’t do TRUMP WAS NOT ACTING AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF GOD’s JUSTICE for the GOOD OF THE PEOPLE.
    Hillary has had that chance and HAS PROVEN SHE IS UNFIT TO BE TRUSTED TO DO THAT JOB. Trump is an unknown who doesn’t especially promote that he would be any better but also has never proven he won’t be. Under Hillary Clinton’s time in government the promotion of anti-Christian values and persecution has grown exponentially. WHY WOULD YOU ALLOW HILLARY TO CONTINUE DOWN THIS ROAD LIKE OBAMA HAS?
    At least Trump has promised to protect the Christian religion and the position of the church being able to preach the gospel that God has promoted since the garden of Eden
    If you are a Christian and cannot fathom voting for Donald Trump, but would vote for Hillary Clinton God have mercy on your soul because if you find Trump revolting then you should find Hillary a servant of Satan not God.
    Ask yourself out of everything printed in this writing about Hillary what actions of Hillary’s would you expect to find God or Jesus guilty of doing lying, cheating, stealing government information, or maybe false testimony against an innocent man to protect your political actions and failures??? This is who Hillary has portrayed God as acting as HIS MINISTER of Justice. IF it wasn’t so sad it would be laughable.
    So, if you feel God would move you not to vote for a sinful candidate then stay home and don’t vote at all. Your conscience might be clear but if Hillary wins and persecutes the Church that will also be on your heads, because you knew what she is capable of and has said she wants. One other thing I was told by a Christian they would write in a vote for God. Don’t be fooled God doesn’t need your vote to rule earth, in fact he has given it over to the prince of the air to rule until God TAKES IT BACK by Jesus defeating Satan once and for all. What God does need is for Christians to protect His church by using leaders who will allow Christians to be Christians.

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