If Trumpism is what Christianity has to offer, I’ll happily go to hell

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Jesus Christ:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday offered a full-throated defense of the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, saying that having kids does not give migrants immunity from prosecution — and found justification for his policies in the Bible.

In his remarks, Sessions hit back at the “concerns raised by our church friends about separating families,” calling the criticism “not fair or logical” and quoting scripture in his defense of the administration’s tough policies.

“Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” Sessions said. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

Sarah Sanders doubled down.

What would Jesus do? Rip families away from their children, apparently.

For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, 36I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’

I guess that kind of stuff is just for liberal snowflakes.

To the Christians who support this stuff: This is your witness. All of us are imperfect — we all fall short of the glory of God, as it were — but seriously: People are forming their view of your God, your faith, based on your support of this man and his cruel policies.

I don’t think that fairly represents your God or your faith. Some among you don’t think so either.

But let’s say Jeff Sessions and Sarah Sanders are right, and I’m wrong: That the tearing apart of families is precisely the kind of thing God is in favor of.

Well: I want no part of that religion. Not even if that God is the end-all be-all power of the universe. I’d rather go to hell than worship such cruelty.

Luckily, I don’t think that’s the case. And I think you follow Trump because you want so badly to defend your freedom to practice your faith as you see it. But you’re inflicting wounds on your church in the process. It’s not too late to change.

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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