Every image we have explored has one thing in common: a source of authority. Christianity is predominantly a text based religion. For example, previously we explored the intersection of Christianity and politics through memes. Moses was used in the example of the Ten Commandments. The Bible teaches that God spoke to Moses, who then transcribed the Ten Commandments. In terms of authority, it is important to understand that the Bible (the Christian text) is inspired by God. 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” So even though Christianity is text based, all authority is derived from God.
The authority referred to in these memes is The Bible. This can be explicitly seen in the two memes below. For example, the first meme on the left directly references the Bible and how Donald Trump mispronounced Second Corinthians. National Public Radio (NPR) states, “Then he moved on to cite "Two Corinthians 3:17, that's the whole ballgame. ... Is that the one you like?" Trump asked.”
The second meme on the right is satirical in nature. The meme focuses on mocking Donald Trump’s behavior and use of language. It also presumes his lack of knowledge over the Bible. For example, in previous interviews Donald Trump has refused to cite his favorite Bible verse or even his favorite book of the Bible. As seen, most of these presumptions emerge from an online discourse as most people only see what the media covers.
The framing of authority in Christianity affects how Donald Trump delivers his campaign. At many of his events he has kept a Bible in his hands. Not only is the Bible the Christian text, but Trump uses it as more of a symbol to connect with his targeted audience.