Trump Christians: don’t let yourselves be dumbed down

Trump Christians: don’t let yourselves be dumbed down October 28, 2020

Let’s be honest here. The partnership between Trump and Christians is problematic. It gives new level of meaning to the phrase “opposites attract.”

Christians who support Trump have aligned with a guy who is the opposite of Jesus; Trump has to indulge a crowd that are the opposite of his type of folks. It’s unnatural.

As I’ve said before, Trump needed you to get elected in 2016, and you needed him to get the Supreme Court. You delivered for him in 2016, and he delivered for you with the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett. You got Jerusalem too. You don’t need him anymore.

So now, not only is he using you to get re-elected, he’s making you look kinda…well, stupid. I don’t think you’re stupid, but he does. Look at the rhetoric he’s expecting you to believe.

Trump claims that Biden will:

  • kill your jobs
  • dismantle your police departments
  • dissolve your borders
  • release criminal aliens
  • destroy your suburbs
  • drive God from the public square
  • destroy Social Security
  • decimate Medicare
  • confiscate your guns
  • shut your churches down, permanently
  • get rid of windows
  • get rid of cows

You’re not gullible enough to believe this. These are all lies or oversimplifications, easily verifiable.

Maybe, maybe Russia or China wants to do bad things to America, but Biden and roughly half of American voters don’t.

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Conservative Christians, you must know that the Republican Party doesn’t have a monopoly on love for our country.

Democrats don’t want to “destroy” America or get rid of God. They wouldn’t turn America into some Socialist dystopia. They would do things differently, yes. But they would not do what Trump is saying.

You must know that Biden would not get rid of cows and windows and air conditioners and suburbs and jobs and law enforcement. He’s not stupid or evil.

But if you stick with Trump when he says these things, you come off looking simple-minded. Trump thinks you’ll believe it all and vote for him. He thinks you’ve really fallen for his fake religiosity – when in reality you’ve just been holding your nose till he gave you your court.

You have what you need to overturn Roe v. Wade. You may now abandon ship.

(If you’re still worried about killing babies, the GOP has been oversimplifying that too. Please read some of these posts: here, here, here, here, and here.)

I’ll be the first to admit, Joe Biden is no prize. But at least he’s no Trump.

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7 responses to “Trump Christians: don’t let yourselves be dumbed down”

  1. This is sad. There are two types of Christians. One is the progressive liberal Christian who practices a form of transcendent liberation theology. It’s about rejoicing in the good news and being a good neighbor. For that type, there are no enemies or evil people out to hurt them. There are only opportunities to show goodness. Very social justice warrior a la Christ.

    But the other type is a conservative. The conservative lacks that humanity that a liberal has in spades. They’re always looking at the glass and thinking “somebody stole half of it”. They’re always zero sum thinkers and black and white.

    the conservative is prone to hysteria and emotional “they’re coming for you” propaganda.

    So they won’t reject Trump. What they are looking at is sheer domination of society so that the “bad guys” don’t come. Conservatives will just find a new bogey man. Muslims. Atheists. Hindus. Feminists. And yes, even you liberal Christians will be in this group.

    It doesn’t matter how reasonable your comment is. Or even how nice it is. The Trump Christian is just going to go further into right wing fanatic radicalism. they’ve already started listing to QAnon.

    You can’t reason with them. Sometimes, a cancer needs to be burned out. Or else, the body dies. Jesus destroyed that fig tree. Maybe you liberal Christians should mimic your Jesus a bit more because this “when they go low, we go high” bs… it’s not working.

    My strategy is a bit different. I mean to firmly associate Christianity with Trump. People aren’t stupid. One bad review will travel. I can easily get a thousand bad reviews about Christians. And all I’ll ask is “Aren’t Christians supposed to be better than we are? Why should we follow their stuff when they can’t even be nice to their fellow citizens?” Already, Christianity is the only religion that has an INCREASED negative opinion after learning more familiarity with it. I will do my best to tie Trump and the evangelicals to Christianity.

    Good luck. In this upcoming election just like the one four years ago, you had one venal unfit candidate who is probably an atheist (see, I’m not a hypocrite who uses false scales) vs. a person of faith. Hillary Clinton still practices her faith. Biden is a person of faith. They both are Christians and this is how you know that conservative Christianity is a form of Satanism.

    BTW – I don’t think faith is relevant. Actions matter. Character matters. Humanity matters. In all the ways that matter, Biden and Clinton were exceptional candidates. Only evil people would have to resort to false scales and bothsiderism to create a false illusion of non-bias.

    Let’s explain. If a person came to you and said, I think that children should be raped and another person said “No, I don’t think children should be raped”, you cannot be in the center. By moving to the center, you give credence to an insupportable position. do you understand. Stop pointing at specks in one sides’ candidate while ignoring the tree trunk on the other side. This is where YOUR values and YOUR morals and YOUR character come into play. One position is good. One is absolutely evil… at least to me. Don’t do that enlightened centrism “Both candidates are bad”. Because only a foolish person would think that Biden or Clinton would behave like Trump. Raise your standards. If you have any. What does Christianity or your parents teach you if not how to be a good person? Holy Babble only goes so far. Have you fed the hungry? Have you clothes the poor? Have you comforted those who bear sorrow? Have YOU DEFENDED the weak and the marginalized?

    You are meant to be a warrior for good. You are meant to be a guardian who defends. You are not supposed to pretend that evil is okay just because it looks nice or benefits you. This is why I like Sikhs so much. It’s far more demanding and creates better people than Christianity does. Christians should study Sikhism and emulate their betters.

    Sikhism… built in egalitarianism. Obligation to defend the weak. Obligation to practice charity. No questions asked. No faith requirement or test to somebody who seeks aid. In fact, a few weeks ago, there was a “pro life tip”. It said.. .if you ever need food or help, find a Sikh. And you know what, comment after comment was “Yep, that’s true”. This is from a country with a church every few blocks. A so-called “Christian nation”. Sikhs are a tiny fraction and yet, look at the light they give off. They hold the darkness back when Christians only seek to strengthen the darkness. (Yes.. Canada, England, the US…. everywhere. Why can’t Christians be like the Sikhs? The world would be a better place.)

    Be ashamed.

  2. It’s not that Trump supporters are inherently stupid. It’s that they have been trained to believe in things that require them to turn off their critical thinking skills. Appeals to flattery and fear shut down critical thinking. And the Bible is full of exhortations to resist flattery (i.e. be self critical before criticising others) and to never act out of fear (“perfect love drives out fear”).

  3. “Trump Christians: don’t let yourselves be dumbed down”.

    Too late! The horse bolted four years ago.

  4. If you read Kristen Kobes Du Mez’s excellent new book, Jesus and John Wayne (Liveright/Norton 2020) much of the ‘opposites attract’ thesis here really disappears. Kobes Du Mez traces the evangelical love affair with ‘muscular’ Christianity, always in search of one Alpha Male role model after another, back to at least the early 1900s. Furthermore, they have always been much more interested in the public image of these He-Men than the particulars of their private lives (not surprisingly, movie and TV actors have always had a place of preference in this testosterone-soaked panoply.) George W. (‘mission accomplished!’) only temporarily filled the bill, and eight years of BHO’s very different model of admirable public masculinity left such a gaping hole in the Evangelical need for a new Alpha leader that they now don’t just tolerate DJT, but positively LOVE him! He is seen not just as ‘the current occupant,’ but ecstatically as ONE OF US!! He brings at least a consistently 80% of them to tearful expressions of joyous loyalty to such an extent that it is simply bewildering to those not caught up in the trance. In my view, they have once for all publicly shamed themselves and exposed the idolatrous core of their so-called ‘religious beliefs.’

  5. Where did i hear this…
    “…for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but became futile in their thinking…claiming to be wise they became fools;” (Romans 1:19-22)

    And again…
    “…the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.” (I Timothy 4:3-4)

    And yet again…
    “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits…On that day many will say to me ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then i will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me…”

    Oh, yeah, it’s in the Bible, again and again. This isn’t about conservative or liberal politics. It’s about knowing the people of God by the fruit of God’s Spirit.

  6. I am a conservative and have been all of my life. I voted for Trump twice now and as I read the article and the various responses, I really felt your love and compassion for we conservatives. Interestingly, your criticisms could have easily been leveled at liberals as well. The issues are far deeper and more complex than you seem to think they are, but you won’t get anywhere denigrating someone in order to change their mind. I continue to read writings by liberals hoping to find something that I am not finding. Sadly, I didn’t find it here, either.

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