Dear Trump Christians: what in God’s name are you doing?

Dear Trump Christians: what in God’s name are you doing? November 13, 2020

Trump-supporting Christians have abandoned the call to be Christlike, and turned Christianity into something barely recognizable. It’s time to ask ourselves honestly: what are we doing?

I’ve always referred to myself a lifelong Christian, and I intend to remain faithful to God till I die. I’m very grateful for being raised in the church. If not for the solid, heartfelt faith of my parents and extended family, I’m not sure I’d still be wearing the “Christian” label. Because, Trumpism.

Here’s a quote I saw recently, trying to belittle atheists:

“When people choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

I propose that, no, the exact opposite is true:

“When people choose to believe in God, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

It’s true. We have been guilty of a massive lack of discernment, and the sooner we admit it, the better.

First we paired ourselves with a man who…well, you know the long list of strikes already against him even before he won in 2016. In spite of his many indiscretions and deep-seated vices, we Christians excused and embraced him. Every time some new trespass came to light, we found a way to brush it off.

Everyone is a work in progress; everyone deserves forgiveness and a second chance, but we’re not talking about a friend or coworker here. This is the man on track to be in charge of our country – the primary steward of our taxes, the priority-setter for the whole world. Before election day, he showed us that he was a fake Christian.

He showed us he was self-centered and arrogant. He showed us he was a racist – even as he told us he was “the least racist person in the room.” The opposite of Christlike.

We are guilty

We knew all this and we elected him. We looked at him and his Muslim ban, and his Mexico wall, and we said, “yes, this is the man for us.” We completely ignored Jesus‘ straightforward words, “whatever you have done to the least of these, you’ve done to me.”

That’s right, we turned away Jesus at every international airport and deported him at our southern border. We ripped babies from Jesus’ arms and put them in cages. Not Obama. Us.

(Yes, I know Biden/Harris are going to “kill babies.” Except, well, please get a nuanced education about abortion – read this and this and this and this, for starters. Or just read one of them. Please.)

Nearly every day for four long years, the president we elected did something obscene, or lied to us or to the world, or bullied the weak, or cozied up with tyrants. For the last ten months, he has ignored hundreds of thousands of Americans as they died.

Now, the majority of Americans are done with him.

And we can’t handle it. He is probably the most hated man in the world right now, but we think the only way he could lose an election is through some kind of massive conspiracy.

What have we become, Christians? Do we still believe we have the moral high ground here? Do we even care about integrity? It seems to me (and hundreds of millions of people around the world) that all Christians care about anymore is winning.

Are our leaders being Christlike?

Christian leaders are now (or rather, still) weaponizing Christianity, and now they’re using it to demonize and/or ridicule every American who has chosen not to vote for “our man.”

Paula White: “we break every demonic confederacy [interesting word choice there] against the election, against America, against who you have declared to be in the White House.”

Kenneth Copeland: “The media said Joe Biden is president. Hahahahahaha. Hahahahahaha.”

Michelle Bachmann: “God, take your rod of iron and smash the delusion of Joe Biden as our president – he is not.”

When the president tear gassed a peaceful protest so he could walk across the street and hold up “a Bible” for a photo op, that was distasteful. We can say, “Father, forgive him. He knows not what he does.”

But Paula and Kenneth are pastors. They know better. And Michelle is…well, I’m not sure what she is nowadays. Not only are these people’s words offensive, rude, and decidedly un-Christlike, they are using God’s name and the Bible as a weapon. They’re bossing around the God of the universe.

And let’s not forget, they’re doing this in defense of a man who watches TV and plays golf all day while Americans are dying.

So I ask again, what have we become? Does this in any way resemble Jesus? Are we being Christlike?

Look at our own actions in the last week or so. We’re pretending like we just want a fair election, but we won’t consider it fair unless our candidate wins.

Many of us have just walked away from society (such as it is) rather than confront the facts. We’ve suggested that “liberals” must have tampered with vote counts, and implied that “conservatives” would never do such a thing.

We can not accept the fact that it’s over. We are demanding to keep that person in charge of our country.

Oh, and many of us are still selfishly refusing to protect our communities by wearing a mask.

Yeah, I’m still a Christ-follower. But “Christian”? I’ll have to think about it.

“When people choose to believe in God, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

What in God’s name is wrong with us?

FEATURED IMAGE: “House fire” by Ada Be is licensed under CC BY 2.0


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