It deeply concerns me that somebody who knows little or nothing about the Christian faith would hear Mr. Trump call himself a Christian and then make a decision based on the Christian faith, based on his behavior.
Pastor Max Lucado on what he views as inappropriate behavior from Donald Trump who calls himself a Christian.
We can insist that it’s incorrect to identify Christianity as a Muslim-hating, gay-hating, crusade of contempt for the poor, but that’s probably about as promising as insisting that it’s incorrect to say “flaunt” instead of “flout,” or “flounder” instead of “founder,” or “begs the question” instead of “raises the question.” The word “Christian” ought to mean something at least vaguely Christ-ish. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with Fr. Nary’s radical hospitality than with the brutality of the anti-Balaka. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with World Vision’s gospel-driven service to the poorest than with the sanctimonious contempt of the white evangelical bullies. But when the armies of hate are on the march, insisting that “We are Christians and we do this because we are Christians and because this is what Christians do,” then we have to recognize that the word is changing for the worse, whether we like it or not.
Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful, according to an extensive Pew Research Center survey of U.S. religious beliefs and practices.
For years, liberals have maintained that evangelicals have only been
using religion as a means to achieve absolute power, and now one of
their leaders has confirmed it.
On Monday, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention president Russell Moore wrote a column for the Washington Post blasting evangelical Christians for proving liberals right.
Donald Trump, despite his more than fleeting flirtation with fascism
and his campaign of hate and intolerance, has gained massive support
from evangelical Christians who are willing to overlook the Republican
front-runner’s lack of Christian morals as long it means they get a
president who will give them more power.
“The…problem is the behavior of some evangelical leaders,” Moore wrote.
“I have watched as some of these who gave stem-winding
speeches about “character” in office during the Clinton administration
now minimize the spewing of profanities in campaign speeches,
race-baiting and courting white supremacists, boasting of adulterous
affairs, debauching public morality and justice through the casino and
Moore wasn’t finished though. He also slammed evangelicals, a term he
is too embarrassed to use to describe himself any longer, because they
are flocking to candidates who pretend to be Christians.
“I watched one evangelical leader pronounce a candidate a
Christian, though he explicitly states that he has never repented of
sin, because he displays the fruit of the Spirit in job creation. That’s
not a political problem; it’s a gospel problem.
Why are many evangelical leaders, including some who pontificate on
nearly everything else, scared silent as evangelicalism is associated
with everything from authoritarianism and bigotry to violations of
religious freedom? How can they look the other way in silence when
politicians praise Planned Parenthood and demur about white supremacists
And then he admitted that liberals have been right about evangelicals
for years and they have been vindicated by evangelicals who have
flocked to Trump’s campaign.
“For years, secular progressives have said that
evangelical social action in America is not about religious conviction
but all about power. They have implied that the goal of the Religious
Right is to cynically use the “moral” to get to the “majority,” not the
other way around.
This year, a group of high-profile old-guard evangelicals has proven these critics right.”
Indeed, evangelical Christians have only sought power and they’ve had
no problem rewriting or flat-out ignoring parts of the Bible that do
not fit with their agenda in order to achieve it.
It’s been all about money and power, and evangelical leaders have
fleeced their congregations so they can keep trying to topple the
government and establish religious tyranny. But evangelicals have grown
more and more desperate over the years as Americans continually reject
them and their radical agenda that would confine women to the home and
sentence gay people to death as well as declare America a Christian
state governed by the Bible instead of the constitutional principles we
And Donald Trump may not be an evangelical Christian, but
evangelicals are increasingly supporting his campaign because he is
saying exactly what they want to hear and they see him as their last
chance to take power. It’s never been about the gospel or morality to
It has always been about gaining power and using it to
persecute and indoctrinate those they disagree with. And by supporting
Trump, evangelicals are telling the world that they are precisely the
fake Christians that liberals have been fighting against for decades.
The Republican candidate has been married three times, and it is widely believed that he was unfaithful during each relationship. When he was deposed in the divorce proceedings with his first wife, Ivana, he invoked the Fifth Amendment 97 times to avoid answering questions about questions regarding “other women.” He married his second wife, Marla Maples, two months after she gave birth to their daughter. Until recently, Trump embraced his reputation as a Manhattan womanizer. In case you are wondering, evangelicals typically aren’t big fans of divorce, adultery, or out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
Even a few years ago I
wouldn’t have entertained such an extreme thought as this, but it is becoming
more and more apparent that the Republican party or its base is being moved so
far to the right that it can no longer be ignored that the conservatives of
this country are no longer serious about the Constitution or Democracy. Since
the days of Reagan they have allowed and been in bed with the hardcore
fundamentalist Evangelical Christians which have dreamed of a Theocratic
nation, but they are only a small part of the total picture. The reactionary
nature of the party and abject worship of wealth and the people who hold that
wealth has corrupted them and led them to create laws that systematically
dismantle the structure of our Democracy brick by brick. With each passing
election since 1976 the Republican party has steered itself a little more down
the Fascist path, until now forty years later they are almost undistinguishable
except by name.
I know there are plenty of right-wing people who are
calling me liar. Why not? You believe yourself a follower of God and associate
Fascists with atheists and genocide, but there are numerous articles that can
prove to you what I say here is true. One is a very simple little quiz by Randa
Morris here http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/12/09/are-you-a-nazi-a-ten-question-quiz-for-conservatives/.
It gives you ten questions to ask yourself. Ten questions that if you agree
with you would like the NAZI’s and Fascism. The thing is, they are principles
that the current Republican Party espouses openly. I could recount them all
here, but that would keep people from reading and taking the quiz.
Unfortunately, I doubt any Republican will take it and actually think about it because
they will automatically assume that it is just “liberal lies.”
The thing is, I would like Republicans to truly think
about your party and your philosophy for a moment. What do you truly stand for?
What do your Representatives actually do for you? Do they do what you want, or
do they do what their corporate master’s want? Think about your answers very
hard. Try to remember how much they have actually helped you personally, and
not the rich guy who doesn’t need the help. After all, he is rich. Giving him
more money just makes him richer so he and his family has more money to spend
on bigger fancier cars and other toys you’ll never have. You’ve seen the
reality shows - Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and other shows that focus on
the ultra rich. The people in Congress and your state houses say they are
working for you, but they pander to these people, because these rich people
fund their elections and keep them in office. Sure they give lip service to
your causes, but every time you turn around they are cutting services that you
need, raising your taxes, and making it harder for you to survive by getting
rid of the jobs you rely on to make money. All this time they are cutting the
taxes of the wealthy, giving them kickbacks, and even more incentives to close
their factories and move them overseas.
Do any of these things truly help you? Do the people who
enact these measures represent you? Aren’t these the sorts of things that are
angering you? This is all by design. That anger is what they want so they can
steer you where they want. When you have lost much and you are starting to feel
desperate, the rhetoric they spew starts to take a deep hold on your
consciousness and you begin to long for better days. You want a hero to pull
you out of the mess. You want to make America “Great Again.”
Do you begin to see the manipulation? It is nothing new.
The Fascists and other totalitarian governments use it all the time. It is
important that the liberals and Democrats NOT lose this election and start
educating the populace. WE MUST TAKE
THIS SERIOUSLY. I can’t stress that
enough. The Republican Party is in the last stages of a Fascist takeover. It
will not be long before they are openly calling for isolation, then actively
doing mass deportation of anyone who they disapprove of. Hatred is fueling
their party. Hatred for anything they think is not American, and not American
enough. Right now they are controlling a majority of the state houses and we
need to push them out of there, and make certain they never again control the
White House. The reason I say this is simple. A party that is fueled and led by
hate will only have one goal in the long run. To kill. History will repeat
itself unless we have the foresight to stop it now while we still have the
You may think I am being overly dramatic in this warning,
but then I would point you to the numerous rants online against our current
President when he mentions anything against guns, or even going to see the
victim’s families from the latest mass shooting. They cannot even hold a
rational discussion without resorting to death threats and racist remarks about
something that should be approached with compassion. If that is too
controversial, how about talk radio. Is that also too controversial? Hmm, let’s
go to mainstream media and Fox News and their prime time talk show hosts like
Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. They also have guests on that decry liberal
politicians, the President, immigrants, and have even had people fuel the
hatred. Since the start of Fox News nearly twenty years ago they have been a
constant source of hate speech, especially since President Barack Obama has been in
I hate to say it, but the Republican party has decided
that the Constitution does not matter and neither does Democracy. They have
given in to the oligarchs and to the religious zealots and are fervently trying
to reformat the country into something completely different. The question is
whether we willingly go along with their designs to change the country or not.
This may be the very last election where we have a chance to make a difference,
so I hope everyone who still believes in our Constitution and Democracy shows
up at the voting booths to try and make their vote heard.
Bottom line - women do not need evangelicals “permission” in order to exercise leadership just like LGBTQ people do not need their approval in order to be Christian. In some ways, over explaining this stuff to them belies an assumption we need their permission.
I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.
The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to our extensive new survey of over 35,000 Americans.
Some key findings:
The share of Americans who identify as Christians fell 8 percentage points in just 7 years.
19% of U.S. adults are former Christians, and 13% are former Catholics.
The drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults.
36% of Americans ages 18-24 are religiously unaffiliated.
Just 16% of Millennials are Catholic.
For every unaffiliated person who has joined a religion, more than 4 people have left a religion to become “nones.”
18% of U.S. adults were raised in a religious faith and now identify with no religion.
Generational replacement is one of the most important factors in the declining share of Christians in the U.S. and the growth of the unaffiliated.
The unaffiliated are now second in size only to evangelical Protestants among major religious groups in the U.S.
It’s been quite a dramatic few days in the Ben Carson campaign, what with him comparing women who have abortions to slave owners and suggesting that the government monitor the speech of college professors among about a dozen other inflammatory comments, all delivered in his trademark somnambulant style. People seem to be surprised that someone so pious and so intelligent could be so misinformed, if not outright ignorant of basic concepts of our democratic system. But they really shouldn’t be. This sort of misunderstanding is common among the evangelical set Carson travels in. And there is one particular “mentor” among them who bears much of the responsibility.