evangelicals

Judaism: “So, the Messiah is gonna come and it’s gonna be fab! World peace, no hatred, full understanding of divinity.  Heck, G-d is gonna even make pork kosher so we can celebrate Messiah time with bacon!  And EVERYONE is invited!!! EVERYONE. Jews, non-Jews! IT’S GONNA BE SO GREAT!!! Even bad people are gonna just spend like a 1 year cooling off period in hell and then they can TOTALLY JOIN THE PARTY!!! EVERYONE IS INVITED!!!!“

Christianity: "THERE SHALL BE THE TRIBULATION AND ALL THE NON BELIEVERS SHALL ENDURE YEARS OF TORTURE! Those who have not accepted Jesus shall spend their eternity burning in the lake of fire! He is the ONLY WAY! There shall be NO FORGIVENESS for those who have rejected our lord!”

Christians to Jews: “OMG, Jews, why don’t you accept Christianity?? It’s full of love and forgiveness. Your old testament god is so cruel and barbaric!”

For decades, evangelicals have overwhelmingly voted Republican, but Trump’s flaws made him an unlikely choice for the group. Trump gathered evangelical support early in the primaries, which continued through July’s nominating convention and through the election—despite multiple high-profile scandals, including his 2005 comments about women on an Access Hollywood tape, that would ostensibly offend conservative people of faith. In November, 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for the Trump ticket—a higher percentage than voted for George W. Bush, John McCain, or Mitt Romney.

A depressing number of people genuinely believe you have to be Christian to be a “real” American

George Washington took time to write a letter to the Jewish people of Rhode Island guaranteeing them rights and safety. Thomas Jefferson specifically protected Muslims in a piece of legislation he considered important enough to put on his grave.

I grew up in a strict Catholic primary and high school education environment. They wouldn’t even teach us about contraception. But we *were* always taught about tolerating and loving others. My RE teacher (who was on the verge of becoming a priest before he met his wife) insisted on letting our school’s sole Muslim kid use the staff room for his daily prayers.  That was a brave thing for him to do.

So, no. No Evangelical who voted Trump ( 5 children by 3 different women and happily brags about grabbing p****) has the nerve to lecture me about anything

White evangelicals are reliable Republican voters. They also have a long history of demanding that politicians exemplify character and morality in public life.

So for many, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump presents a moral dilemma.

Trump has apologized for what many saw as one of his most egregious moments — bragging about groping and kissing women without consent in a 2005 recording. He has denied allegations from several women accusing him of sexual assault.

But the episode has exposed another divide in the white evangelical community — a split by gender.

Trump Presents Dilemma For Evangelical Women, Once Reliably With GOP

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Trying to find a church home

I am currently regularly attending a Lutheran campus and community group. In the campus group, I am finding too much leeway about Biblical truths and in the community setting, I’m finding too much discussion about politics and not enough Jesus.

I grew up in an evangelical setting and am attracted to a lot of evangelical practices, but am repulsed by anti-gay sentiment in the church. How do I find a church that is serious about the Bible, but which also loves its gay neighbors?

I visited an evangelical church this weekend and officially, the denomination rejects homosexuals. I really enjoyed the service and felt it was more heartfelt than what I have been too recently. I called to ask the office whether the church accepted openly-gay members. The woman didn’t understand what I meant by openly-gay, I clarified, and she said she wasn’t sure, but that everyone was welcome and that I should email the pastor. I am nervous to do so.

Does anyone have any experience in this? Recommended courses of action?