Jomo K Johnson, a founding member of the Black Lives Matter branch in Savannah, Georgia and a minister formerly associated with the conservative Presbyterian Church in America, has just published The Gospel: King Trump Version which castigates evangelical Christians for supporting Trump in the 2016 election.
The “satirical gospel”, according to this report, is independently published through Amazon and available on Kindle and in paperback.
Amazon’s blurb says:
What this Gospel does is the same thing Christian Trump supporters did during the election: take Jesus out in order to put Trump in. The book puts the campaign actions and sayings of Donald Trump in the biblical format of the Gospel of Mark, as a witness against all those who claim the name Christian while also voting for Trump. And as the Republican National Committee wrote on Christmas to their followers, ‘Herald Your New King’.
Johnson has been full time minister for the last seven years, has a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary and considers himself to be a progressive-conservative evangelical. After leaving the PCA, he now runs his own home ministry called Church for THUGS (Those Helpless Until God Saves), which seeks to bring faith to gang members, prisoners, and others in urban areas who don’t go to church.
As exit polls show that an overwhelming majority of evangelicals backed Trump, Johnson told The Christian Post that he was shocked to see so many evangelicals vote for a man who has unabashedly made a number of highly questionable statements that critics say degrade women, minorities and immigrants.
According to Johnson, the book takes the Gospel of Mark and removes all the biblical characters and replaces them with an account of Trump’s campaign from the beginning.
It follows actions, sayings, statements, and things that Trump has done throughout the campaign and beyond, kind of in place of the Gospel. It broke down the Gospel of Mark, kind of the same literary form and same sequence and same challenges. It is Trump replacing Jesus in the Gospel and the implications of that.
As exit polls show that about 81 percent of evangelical voters voted for Trump in November, Johnson said that the result:
Seemed to be a continuing trend of American Christianity that kind of replaces the Gospel with pieces of the capitalistic gospel. The whole thought was to do it not as a comedy but to do it in such a way to where it serves as an indictment against the Church more so than Donald Trump.
Although many evangelicals, including leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, were highly critical of Trump and refused to vote for him, Johnson said that he doesn’t believe that his book is an overgeneralisation of evangelical voters, adding that Moore received much pushback from evangelicals because of his opposition to Trump.
I identify as an evangelical myself. I guess I identify as a progressive evangelical. I think American evangelicalism has kind of embraced self-centered conservative values that hasn’t reflected a great concern for minorities, women and immigrants. I think that evangelicalism as a whole needs to be confronted with itself. I have heard some evangelicals say that ‘You can call me an evangelical for now’, suggesting that there might come a time pretty quickly when we don’t want to be identified by that title.
Although Johnson is a member of Black Lives Matter, he still considers himself to be somewhat conservative. Before joining PCA, Johnson held a theo-political view of “Democrat Only” But after the terror attack on September 11, 2001, he began to embrace more conservative nationalistic views.
Johnson left the PCA in 2015, an 80-precent white denomination, after seeing how churches were not responding to racial issues and the string of shootings of unarmed black Americans at the hands of police officers that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. He said:
I still consider myself a conservative but a more progressive than an extreme conservative.