The Not-So-“Evangelical” Embrace Trump
Surprise! “Evangelicals” are just plain old Republicans masquerading as Christians, and my friends, it seems the, ahem, “Godly” are embracing Donald Trump’s candidacy. Pastor Jeremiah Johnson had this to say:“The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, ‘Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days. Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America like never before, but you must understand that he is like a bull in a china closet.
Many will want to throw him away because he will disturb their sense of peace and tranquility, but you must listen through the bantering to discover the truth that I will speak through him. I will use the wealth that I have given him to expose and launch investigations searching for the truth. Just as I raised up Cyrus to fulfill My purposes and plans, so have I raised up Trump to fulfill my purposes and plans prior to the 2016 election.’”
Yeah, he’s obviously off his meds. Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody writes:“Trump’s ability to cut through the clutter and paint the world in ‘absolutes’ attracts quite a few evangelical voters. Remember, evangelicals hold true to their ‘biblical absolutes,’ so to see a person like Trump let it rip and tell it like it is becomes a somewhat endearing quality to some evangelicals. Trump takes hits for his boldness, and evangelicals take hits from society for their biblical boldness, too.”
Their so-called “boldness” consists of using religion as a club to get what they want. Problem is, the world is not made up of absolutes. Call me crazy, but a bloviating ignoramus whose “absolutes” include insulting women, war heroes, and immigrants hardly seems “Christian” to me. Then there’s “Evangelical” David Lane:“Trump is tapping into deep-seated anger in America, a nation founded by Christians ‘for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith. He’s tapping into something at the grassroots, precinct level of America. America is starving for moral, principled leadership. I hope that Donald Trump brings that.”
Yeah, that’s EXACTLY what Trump is known for; let’s talk about Trump’s “moral, principled leadership” for a moment, shall we? As Red State reminded its readers last month:In 1997, Trump tried to evict an elderly widow [via eminent domain] to expand an Atlantic City casino…
In 2010 he was at it again, this time in Scotland, where David Milne refused to sell his home for a Trump golf course project. In an act of spoiled-rich-guy-childishness, Trump had a fence put up around Milne’s home, then sent him a bill for half of the cost. This hideous fence:
He didn’t sell. Now let’s look at a few of Donald Trump’s “moral leadership” type quotes, courtesy of Politico:Women? “You have to treat ’em like shit.” (New York magazine, Nov. 9, 1992)…
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” (Esquire, 1991)
“For many years I’ve said that if someone screws you, screw them back. When somebody hurts you, just go after them as viciously and as violently as you can.” (How to Get Rich, 2004)
“The hardest thing for me about raising kids has been finding the time. I know friends who leave their business so they can spend more time with their children, and I say, ‘Gimme a break!’” (New York magazine, Dec. 13, 2004)
The Right has hijacked the “Evangelical” label to bolster their calls for “biblical” discrimination and bigotry, so I guess in that respect, Trump is their perfect candidate. Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Mike Huckabee, anyone of whom should have been “Evangelicals” chosen candidate, have ultimately been sidelined.
Now they’re jumping on the Trump train, backing a man whose pronouncements are coarse, ambitions are purely selfish, politics are, well… simple-minded, and grasp of reality is questionable. Then again, “Evangelicals” embrace phony “historians” like David Barton, nut job preachers fomenting civil war like Jim Bakker, and protectively cloak white supremacists within their folds. In that respect, endorsing a Trump candidacy is hardly an aberration. If only true Christians had as loud a voice as the Far Right’s “Evangelicals”.
As Ryan Gear wrote at On Faith:… presidential candidate Donald Trump is teaching us a lesson from history. We are witnessing for ourselves how overtly racial scapegoating mixed with economic pain can propel a candidate to frontrunner status.
Candidate Trump is inadvertently revealing that when followers of Jesus fail to love our neighbors as ourselves, we allow ourselves to be exploited by people who profit from our prejudices. Ignoring the humanity and needs of others is not only sinful, it is economically harmful to everyone, including us.
Donald Trump is teaching Christians what happens when we forsake the Social Gospel.
Mr. Gear quotes Robert Ingersoll in his argument to the faithful:“They knew no better, but I do not propose to follow the example of a barbarian because he was honestly a barbarian.”