The profanity of American Evangelicals*

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If you want a sense of what’s gone wrong with American Evangelicals, you might start with this piece at Trump-loving American Greatness, a response to The Atlantic’s cover story about (natch) what’s gone wrong with American Evangelicals.

What matters here and now is securing a president who will achieve positive results, regardless of his personal foibles. If President Trump is achieving goals evangelicals find desirable (and that conservatives should find desirable), why ought they to care overmuch about his personal failings, whatever they be? Trump was elected president of the United States—not pope or saint-in-chief.

(Snip)

In addition, Trump has gone to work dismantling Leviathan: the administrative state. And his administration has achieved much else besides. What more could a conservative—or evangelical, for that matter—ask for?

Read the whole piece, and then ask yourself this question:

Does it reflect, at all, the notion that Evangelical Christians worship an eternal God?

While you’re reflecting on that, check out the final paragraph of the post:

Evangelicals have latched onto Christ’s command to be “as shrewd”—and one might add “as tough” or “as ruthless”—“as snakes” with good reason. Whether such a move ultimately cashes out in their favor remains to be seen.

This is what Matthew 10:16 actually says:

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

Feels different, eh?

Listen: I know liberal Christians can also substitute temporal goals for eternal ones: It’s a bipartisan problem. But this piece treats American Evangelicals as merely another political interest group; any notion of God or of having higher — or even different — standards than what exists in American politics is non-existent. And in American politics, the only real value is winning.

The AmGreatness piece is, in the most literal sense, profane.

*Apologies to my friend Robb, yes, it’s an overbroad, messy term. 

Author: joeldermole

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and son. He spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His honors include awards for best online commentary from the Online News Association and (twice) from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

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