Monday, April 30, 2018

My brothers and sisters, where art thou?

Christian Evangelicals went ballistic (and rightly so) over Bill Clinton's alleged dalliances with women.

Where are my brothers and sisters to the religious right of me now?

I have been astonished since the 2016 election that Evangelicals were one of the groups that gave Trump the most support--a man on his third marriage and accused of sexual contact with well over a dozen women including a porn star and a Playboy bunny. And no matter how lewd things get around the President and no matter how many things he fabricates (in my Evangelical childhood, lying was up there with stealing as a sin!) there is not a whimper of protest from my Evangelical fellow Christians.

A recent article in The Atlantic by one of the few Evangelicals to speak out against the President gave the first insightful perspective of how Evangelicals have lost their way. It's titled The Last Temptation by Michael Gerson and was in the April edition.

One or two quotes from the article:

1) "According to Jerry Falwell, Jr....Evangelicals have 'found their dream president.' Which says something about the current quality of Evangelical dreams."

2) "I do not believe that most evangelicals are racist. But every strong Trump supporter has decided that racism is not a moral disqualification in the President of the United States."

3) "Evangelicals remain the most loyal element of the Trump coalition. They are broadly eager to act as his shield and sword. They are his army of enablers."

I long ago left the Fundamentalist and Evangelical branches of the church (they are not the same, but I grew up both!) but I always respected their moral righteousness and intolerance of bad ethical behavior. I no longer do.

I recommend the article. You can probably find it on line.

And I pray that my Evangelical fellow Christians can find their way back from the dark path Mr. Gerson's article describes.

(I saw a bumper sticker on one of the cars outside Emmanuel church that said:


Amen to that....)

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