Shaking the dust from our feet

If you belong to a white evangelical church that supported Donald Trump, then it’s time to go. Don’t go quietly, but go. Now. You are not changing them, but if you stay, they will change you. So guard your soul, preserve whatever capacity you want to have for loving God and loving your neighbor, and get out of there. [Read more…]

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Kotsko on the consequences of a ‘moral trump card’

“When someone presents you with an absolute, non-negotiable moral trump card, they are not appealing to your moral sense. They are trying to blind it. They are trying to fool and manipulate you. And evangelicals have let themselves be fooled and manipulated for over 40 years.” [Read more…]

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White evangelicalism is white nationalism.

White evangelicalism yesterday performed the purpose for which it was designed: It elected a white nationalist as president. This was not the end of white evangelicalism, but the culmination of its purpose, its origin, its intent. White evangelicalism IS white nationalism. This is what it is, and always has been, for. [Read more…]

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The Sunday before Election Day

I attended Sunday services at a white evangelical mega-church in our closely watched swing-state county. Most of the service made no mention of the election just a few hours away. But then, tacked on the end, just after the closing hymn, the pastor and his congregation rushed through an obligatory reminder of the importance of voting because if the wrong side wins they’ll lose their freedom to worship, have their Bibles confiscated, and be rounded up in FEMA camps for real, true Christians. It was simultaneously extreme and insincere — and thus strangely appropriate for 2016. [Read more…]

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This is where we draw the line

“(We Don’t Need No) Color Code,” is a raucous, righteous middle finger directed at Bob Jones University from Steve Taylor’s 1984 “Meltdown” album. It’s a fun, foot-stompin’ anti-racism song. The album’s producer, a long-time CCM recording whiz, even joins in on the call-and-response chorus. That guy? Turns out he was also a member of the KKK who eventually went to prison for his role in an attack on a Nashville synagogue. [Read more…]

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Shenanigans: Evangelical identity and the evangelical brand (part 3)

Say, “Most evangelicals support Donald Trump” and they’ll say it’s unfair to deny the vast diversity of political and theological views that constitute the broader whole of evangelicalism. Say, “It’s possible to be both evangelical and gay” and suddenly you’ll find that such diversity is not allowed. They’ll inform you that it’s impossible to be both gay and evangelical, and impossible to be both gay “affirming” and evangelical. [Read more…]

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Shenanigans: Evangelical identity and the evangelical brand (part 2)

Ten years ago, the National Association of Evangelicals was battered by a string of scandals. The association’s president was forced to resign in 2006, and then two years later, it’s vice president was forced out. First Ted Haggard got caught using drugs with a male prostitute, then Rich Cizik was revealed to be a registered Democrat. Horrified board members and constituents of the NAE didn’t seem sure which was worse. [Read more…]

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Shenanigans: Evangelical identity and the evangelical brand (part 1)

Evangelical Christianity is a notoriously nebulous thing. Religious historians have long struggled to define the term. Pollsters still haven’t figured out how to distinguish the category or to mark its boundaries. And all of their efforts are further complicated by the nature of evangelical Christianity itself, which is perpetually contentious and disputed — a community marked by fierce intramural battles over who does and who does not legitimately belong to it. [Read more…]

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