When you hear the name Donald Trump you can’t help but think about money and luxurious golf courses more than him having a good deed remembered. But “The Donald” isn’t just making news lately due to the controversy surrounding his New York taxpayer-financed public golf course or, as the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) pointed out on Mon., Jan. 23, the clever way the tycoon is addressing his 40 Wall St. property's tenant needs.
Mr. Trump is also making news outside of New York or Wall Street--and for other reasons-- which include Christian circles, thanks to a kind deed he did for a man and his wife.
Donald Trump good deed remembered
Dr. David Jeremiah is the Christian preacher lauding Trump’s kindness towards another, and in his “Investing for Eternity” series, which aired on Moody Radio’s WMBW 88.9 FM station on Monday, he told his audience all about it.
Dr. Jeremiah relayed to his radio audience the following story about Trump,
“I read in Forbes Magazine a story that is overwhelming to me. It is a true story. It happened during the 1995 Christmas holidays. Donald Trump and Marla Maples were marooned in their stretch limo with a flat tire on a busy section of the New Jersey highway. Finally, a passing motorist spots the limo in distress and offers to help the chauffeur change the tire.”
Dr. Jeremiah tells of the driver gladly accepting the passing motorists’ help and how the two men proceeded to change the tire so the limo and its occupants could be on their way. But before the limo drives off, one of the very thankful occupants inside--Donald Trump--lets down his window to inquire how he and his wife Marla can repay the kindness of the Good Samaritan.
“Just send my wife a big bouquet of flowers,” the motorist tells Trump, handing him his business card, which had his address on it.
As you may already have guessed, since Donald Trump doesn’t do anything small, an extremely large floral arrangement of Orchids arrived thereafter, along with a note that read,
“We paid off your home mortgage, Marla and Donald.”
The mortgage that was paid back then, according to Dr. Jeremiah, was over $100,000. And the Christian preacher uses the Trump story--and the exceptional offer of thanks--in order to pose a question to his audience.
“I wonder what would happen if we knew in our hearts that every kind deed we did, every act of help that we gave, would be rewarded in such an effusive way?”
Trump good deed remembered years after the fact
Donald Trump did his good deed in 1995, yet in 2012 it is still being talked about by others. Dr. Jeremiah said that when Christians give all of their resources and lives to God, they can expect a 100 percent return, as well as having their deeds and acts remembered for eternity, citing Matthew 19:29 as the biblical text to support that position.
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for my names sake shall receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life.”
The WSJ said on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 that Donald Trump is using creativity (in the form of reducing rents and giving tenants what they want) in order to keep his 40 Wall Street property filled with tenants during a difficult economic climate. But Dr. Jeremiah could argue that Trump is reaping the benefit of practicing a biblical principal: He is reaping what he has sown.
References: Wall Street Journal, Moody Radio Broadcasting Network