4 Things Donald Trump Can Teach Youth Workers

I don’t get super involved in politics.  I don’t follow all of the political coming and goings.  In fact, I’m  Canadian, so I’m as unpolitically connected to the current American elections as I think is possible.

However, the race for nominations  has been entertaining.  And the most entertaining candidate has to be Donald Trump.  He is bigger than life and often his bigger than life mouth gets him in trouble.  But, as unreasonable as this sounds, I think we can learn from Donald Trump.

In fact, I see 4 things that Donald Trump can teach us youth workers.

  1. Does The Truth Matter?

The truth is important.  The truth is refreshing.  It is important to speak the truth.  Trump is one of those tell it like it is kind of guys. BUT, and this is a BIG but, you can’t forget love.

Ephesians 4:15 says this so well, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Or there is that other common saying, “it is not what you say but how you say it.”

What us youth workers must remember is yes we must speak truth.  Never shy away from the truth.  But it also must be said in a loving way.

  1. Standing Firm

We all have them.  You might not always vocalize them, but you have them.  They are our convictions.  Not many people are confused on what Trump’s convictions are.  He stands by them no matter what people say.

Can the same be said of us?  Do you shrink from your convictions if it will make you unpopular with certain people?  Are you like a politician that tells people what you think they want to hear.

Now don’t get me wrong, you cannot have strong convictions about everything.  But those things that you do, stand firm.

  1. Word Power

Your words have great power.  And with that great power comes great responsibility (I really hope Spider-man is good in the new Captain America movie).  The book of James talks about this very powerfully.  From such a relatively small body part there is so much power.

I think that Trump would be wise to read the book of James and meditate on it.

How about you?  Are wise with your words?  Are you thoughtful and careful with them?  Do you understand the power in your words?

  1. People Matter

Every human being on this planet has great value.  It does not matter one bit if you agree with them or not, if you like them or not.  The point is that every single person is made in the image of God.  That is enough to establish their value.  But every single person is also loved deeply by God.

These two points alone show that EVERYONE has significant value.

Because of this value, everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.  Do I need to insert a Trump comment here?  I think the application is pretty clear…….right?

As youth workers, everyone must be treat as someone with great value.  It doesn’t matter if they love you or hate, working with you or against you.

Other Lessons?

So those are the lessons from Donald Trump this Canadian sees.  How about you?  Do you see more lessons?

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Tyson Howells

Tyson is the associate youth ministry director for Vanguard Youth Ministry Institute. He has been a youth pastor for many years in Winnipeg as well as in Edmonton. Tyson is passionate in seeing relational youth ministry that results in youth that are passionate about following Jesus. He still leads a small group at the youth group in his home church.