Rolling Stone published a piece entitled “False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump,” by Alex Morris. It examines the hypocrisy of the Christian right in supporting Donald Trump. No need to offer detail as to why this is so; the focus is on Trump’s immoralities in his personal life and his actions such as separating families at the borders, etc. (which demonstrates the hypocrisy of those with Trump Derangement Syndrome, as such actions were done by those who preceded Trump).
Today, 82 percent of white evangelicals would cast their ballots for Trump. Two-thirds believe that he has not damaged the decency of the presidency, 55 percent agree with Sarah Huckabee Sanders that “God wanted him to be president,” and 99 percent oppose impeachment.
Buried in the essay is the following:
…for the God-fearing evangelical, gay marriage, abortion, and the evils of socialism — as opposed to racial injustice, family separation, or income inequality — put America squarely in the path of the wrath of God.
C. Jay Engel has rightly noted that libertarians are stuck playing the political game because they view everything through a political lens. One can say the same for these Evangelical Christians. Neither understands how to move the needle toward their desired worldview.
Setting aside abortion from the above list (which one can certainly argue is murder), the rest are non-violent acts (call them “wrongs” if you like) that demand a Christ-like – not legal – response. But by going political – because Christians believe that they demonstrate their “Christianity” in the ballot box as opposed to via their actions, either individually or through their church community – they demonstrate their failing as Christians.
Jesus didn’t call us to petition the Roman government to do our good works for us. The early Church didn’t grow by asking the state to do good works; members of the Church cared for the poor, sick, and elderly.
It is no wonder that Evangelical Protestant churches are failing. By offering to be just like the larger society (political, hip to modern culture, adoring the state of Israel, worshipping the military, etc.), those in society wonder why they need the church.
They don’t. They can get all that from the network news and on primetime television.