The Flag in the Whirlwind: An Update from CT’s President doubles down on Mark Galli’s recent editorial .
I read the first eight paragraphs and thought CT was looking to bring people of faith together which is something I certainly support.
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Can we all say AMEN!
Out of love for Jesus and his church, not for political partisanship or intellectual elitism, this is why we feel compelled to say that the alliance of American evangelicalism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness. It has alienated many of our children and grandchildren. It has harmed African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American brothers and sisters. And it has undercut the efforts of countless missionaries who labor in the far fields of the Lord. While the Trump administration may be well regarded in some countries, in many more the perception of wholesale evangelical support for the administration has made toxic the reputation of the Bride of Christ.
When someone says “out of love for Jesus and his church,” that’s usually a dog whistle that the next words will not be loving, will not have to do with Jesus, and will have nothing to do with church. (I’ve always wanted to work dog whistle into an article!)
Leave us continue by putting this back into context:
Out of love for Jesus and his church, not for political partisanship or intellectual elitism, this is why we feel compelled to say that the alliance of American evangelicalism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness.
I am not an evangelical but if I were, I’d find this deeply insulting. The implication, or so it would seem to me, is that American evangelicals are looking the other way on important issues in order to have support on other issues; what some might call “making a pact with the devil.” Continuing:
It has alienated many of our children and grandchildren. It has harmed African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American brothers and sisters.
Here’s where CT begins to do what they say they don’t which is to dabble in politics. Let me just point out that the Democrats are the ones deserting the church in droves. Republican attendance has been relatively stable although there are certainly issues there as well.
Clearly, any “alliance with evangelicals” isn’t having any affect whatsoever on “Christian witness” and if evangelicals children are alienated, it doesn’t show up in the numbers.
The people who are in trouble are the mainline Protestants of which I are one and it doesn’t have anything to do with Trump but rather the growth in “none.”
It has harmed African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American brothers and sisters.
How in goodness sake does a supposed Evangelical alliance harm these people? No clue. I guess the author was starting to self-trigger. What perhaps they meant was “Orange Man Bad” and these people are sad. I think we’ve all seen the polls suggesting record highs for President Trump among African Americans and Hispanic Americans. Asian Americans, if you believe the MSM, pretty much vote Democrat. We’ll see what his support of Hong Kong, the China trade deal, and the possibility of improvements in Korea bring about.
And now, unfortunately, we get to the “toxic rage” that’s at the heart of all of this:
The problem is that we as evangelicals are also associated with President Trump’s rampant immorality, greed, and corruption; his divisiveness and race-baiting; his cruelty and hostility to immigrants and refugees; and more.
- Rampant immorality. President Trump. Nope, sorry. No evidence other than Orange Man Bad.
- Greed. Nope, sorry. The man has plenty of money and hasn’t done anything to try to better himself. He also isn’t a politician (for good and bad!) so he’s not looking to accumulate power.
- Corruption. How ironic is it that the man most associated with rooting out corruption, Rudy Giuliani, is at work trying his best to root out actual corruption? Sorry, no corruption.
- Divisiveness. Only to those who disagree. We who support the president are completely united.
- Race-baiting. Race-baiting — no. Attacking people who are making a living off of race — yes. On the later, the one thing I wish he’d done was go to Baltimore with Elijah Cummings. I think he missed a great opportunity.
- Cruelty and hostility to immigrants and refugees. This really chafes my hide. The president has been clear — if you are an immigrant (meaning you voluntarily wish to move here), come in legally and we’ll prioritize based on merit. Just because you want to live here doesn’t mean you get to live here! If you are a refugee (meaning that you have been forced out of your homeland), we will take a limited number based on the cap established by the president. The only thing that’s truly cruel is that we essentially put refugees in jail while we adjudicate their request. As the president has often said, this system is broken and needs to be fixed.
But he was IMPEACHED! I’m sorry but his supporters simply don’t care and stand completely ashamed at the entire circus.
In other words, the problem is the wholeheartedness of the embrace. It is one thing to praise his accomplishments; it is another to excuse and deny his obvious misuses of power.
Again, if I were an evangelical, I’d be insulted. Christians, in general, don’t seem shy about expressing opinions and to think that evangelicals have made that “pact with the devil” to ignore things they disagree with is insulting. If CT’s interest was in uniting Christians by calling a group of them fools, then I think we have a total fail. If they were just trying to buck up their membership and get a little press, then maybe that will work out for them.