A Bible signed by President Donald Trump — ostensibly at a 2016 campaign rally — just sold for $325 on auction site eBay.
AL.com reported on the sale Tuesday, which happened not long after Trump made headlines for autographing Bibles at a recent event in Alabama following a rash of deadly tornadoes in the central part of the state. While the Bible did sell for more than $300, it did sell for $200 less than what the seller originally asked for. The seller also said the Bible came with a certificate of authenticity, though that was not shown in the photos posted to eBay.
The seller also said that the Bible for sale had never been opened.
While Trump signing Bibles created a wave of controversy, Hershael York, dean of the conservative Southern Baptist Theological School in Louisville, Kentucky, told the Associated Press he didn’t view the president signing Bibles as an act of heresy.
“Though we don’t have a national faith, there is faith in our nation, and so it’s not at all surprising that people would have politicians sign their Bibles,” York said. “Those Bibles are meaningful to them and apparently these politicians are, too.”
However, selling a signed Bible in an online auction may fly in the face of scripture. Matthew chapter 6, verse 24 in the New Testament warns Christians against serving “two masters.” That particular verse is part of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” in chapters 5-7 of the Book of Matthew.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other,” Jesus told his disciples. “You cannot serve both God and money.”
In 2017, USA Today contributor Brian Klaas wrote that Trump is the “walking embodiment of the seven deadly sins,” — pride, wrath, sloth, gluttony, lust, envy, and greed.
“American presidents all have failings. We are all human. But Trump departs from all presidents since Richard Nixon in that he is unable to control his impulses and manage his sins,” Klaas wrote.
Carl Gibson is a politics contributor for Grit Post. His work has previously been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and NPR, among others. Follow him on Twitter @crgibs or send him an email at carl at gritpost dot com.