Evangelicals + Trump = "An affront to God's Agenda"

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10 Jan 2020, 9:33 am

Critics of the Christian right often point out how hypocritical the Rev. Franklin Graham, Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell, Jr., the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, and other far-right white evangelicals are for supporting President Donald Trump despite his history of adultery and the fact that he been through two divorces.

Rev. William Barber, in an October 8 op-ed for The Guardian, Slammed the Evangelicals for Trump Coalition. Barber (a Protestant minister known for his work in the NAACP) writes, "I am troubled anytime I see Christianity used to justify the injustice, deception, violence and oppression that God hates.  Even if Donald Trump had a perfect personal moral résumé, his policy agenda is an affront to God’s agenda to lift the poor and bless the marginalized. The distorted moral narrative these so-called Evangelicals for Trump have embraced is contrary to God’s politics, which have nothing to do with being a Democrat or Republican."

Back in the 1960s, Barber recalls, the notorious segregationist George Wallace used religion to promote racism -- and some pastors made the ludicrous claim that he wasn't a racist, including Dr. Henry L. Lyon in Montgomery, Alabama and the Rev. R.L. Lawrence.  Long before that, Barber adds, colonists who supported the oppression of Native Americans as well as slavery hid behind religion.

"No one who has read American history can be surprised by the hypocrisy of Evangelicals for Trump", Barber asserts.  "But we can learn from the history how their undoing will inevitably come from their public arrogance."

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10 Jan 2020, 9:56 am

Seems to be quite a few of these articles floating around.



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10 Jan 2020, 9:59 am

Bravo5150 wrote:
Seems to be quite a few of these articles floating around.
Seems to be a lot of supportive data floating around, as well.


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10 Jan 2020, 10:34 am

I am not arguing about if it was supported, I was only acknowledging that it seems that a lot of Evangelicals are calling the current administration as going against their values.



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10 Jan 2020, 10:39 am

Bravo5150 wrote:
I am not arguing about if it was supported, I was only acknowledging that it seems that a lot of Evangelicals are calling the current administration as going against their values.
Certainly, but there seems to be just as many wealthy evangelicals who sincerely believe that Trump is the "Chosen One" who will make America  white  great again.


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10 Jan 2020, 12:26 pm

What are their other options?


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10 Jan 2020, 2:37 pm

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What are their other options?
Anyone who can and will run for President in 2020.


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10 Jan 2020, 3:26 pm

Personally, I don’t think that Jesus Christ would even stand a chance against the Fundamentalists. (I refuse to call religious leaders like Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, JR, etc. evangelicals. If you look at the Greek origins of the work, it means “Good News.” They certainly are not preaching that very well, nor are they really trying to live like Christ (come to think of it, neither do I, or anyone else)


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10 Jan 2020, 3:36 pm

Meistersinger wrote:
Personally, I don’t think that Jesus Christ would even stand a chance against the Fundamentalists. (I refuse to call religious leaders like Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, JR, etc. evangelicals. If you look at the Greek origins of the work, it means “Good News.” They certainly are not preaching that very well, nor are they really trying to live like Christ (come to think of it, neither do I, or anyone else)
I can imagine the following conversation...

Jesus: "What part of 'Love your neighbor as yourself' do you fail to understand?"

Evangelists: "But what about gays? What about Muslims? What about liberals, Democrats, and Socialists? What about..."

Jesus: "What about ME?"


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10 Jan 2020, 3:49 pm

What if Christ himself were to run for office?

Would American Evangelicals vote for him?

Would ANY American voting bloc support him?



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10 Jan 2020, 3:54 pm

Well, Jesus was born in what is now Palestine, so He could not legally run for president.

But as King of Kings He could, theoretically, walk into the Oval Office, tell Trump "You're sitting in my chair" and the Orange One would have no choice but to vacate.

If only ... if only ...


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10 Jan 2020, 4:00 pm

Fnord wrote:
TheRobotLives wrote:
What are their other options?
Anyone who can and will run for President in 2020.


They could behave like Christians, not morally bankrupt warmongering twitter addicts, it's a subtle distinction. :lol:


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10 Jan 2020, 4:10 pm

cberg wrote:
Fnord wrote:
TheRobotLives wrote:
What are their other options?
Anyone who can and will run for President in 2020.
They could behave like Christians, not morally bankrupt warmongering twitter addicts, it's a subtle distinction.
And give up lying, theft, and adultery?


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10 Jan 2020, 4:37 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
What if Christ himself were to run for office?

Would American Evangelicals vote for him?

Would ANY American voting bloc support him?

On the platform of "give up your worldly possessions"?

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10 Jan 2020, 4:44 pm

 
 

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