Trump: The Evangelical’s Modern-Day Moses

Trump: The Evangelical’s Modern-Day Moses December 3, 2020

“Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Matthew 16-20

One of the many reasons I respect some of the New Testament is because Jesus’ words and life often stood in sharp contrast to the overt, ostentatious religiosity of the pharisees. Jesus seemed to tower as the epitome of compassion and altruism, while the haughty, well-educated, (tele-evangelists of his times) came across as wanting nothing more than prestige and power.

Living in an altered reality based on alternative facts. / Image by Okan Caliskan from Pixabay

It’s this dichotomy of spiritual vitality versus systemic religiosity that we see playing out today. It’s also precisely why I find the evangelical’s support of Trump so perplexing.

The evangelical’s support comes in two forms:

  • The idealization of Trump’s personal character and values
  • The acknowledgement that Trump’s policies mirror those of biblical Christianity

Which is to say, when I think of Trump, I don’t envision Christ. And when I think of Christianity’s attempts to marry church and state and to set up a theocracy on earth, I’m reminded of how far the church has strayed from its roots. It was never the goal of Christ to establish heaven on earth. Overall, the church’s goal was to instill humanity’s most notable values within people, to free them from worldliness, and to prepare them to inherit a new earth.

Establishing a “Trumpian” Theocracy

I suspect there are many evangelicals and Christians who do not idolize Trump. I gather many of them are horrified that their church has embraced this new “Trumpian” form of theocracy.

For all others, their acceptance of Trump as a replacement for Jesus’ values and the role of the church may just have something to do with how evangelicals live within their own “altered reality,” so says writer Carol Kuruvilla in this recent article in Huffpost. She also quotes historian Randall Stevens in her piece, that this altered reality is caused by how evangelicals have established their own “parallel culture.”

Essentially, evangelicals – and to a certain extent many Christians – live in their own culture bubble. They’ve created their own parallel version of life within the world that includes home schooling, higher education, publishing houses, entertainment options, online matchmaking, their own “scientific” experts, their own historians, (i.e., their own version of life on earth based in alternate facts).

How does Donald Trump fit in? He’s their modern-day Moses. He not only champions their “alternative reality,” but he’s more than willing to be the political strong arm and help them establish this alternative reality as a theocracy.

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8 responses to “Trump: The Evangelical’s Modern-Day Moses”

  1. You touch on something I’ve noticed in my area; that of distinct bubbles. Where I live, there’s an association of “Christian” homebirth nurses. These people send their kids to “Christian” daycare, then to “Christian” school. There are even “Christian” sports leagues. We don’t have any “Christian” colleges, but there are several just a couple of hours’ drive away in a neighboring state. And of course there are the “Christian” megachurches popping up everywhere.

    That kind of parallel life leads to insular thinking because they live in a bubble.

  2. I suppose the way Christians want to spend time with others who believe like them is natural. It’s similar to the way folks in other religions spend more with members of their own faiths. Atheists don’t really have this luxury. I would not send my children to a church school, because I don’t want them indoctrinated, but other than this example I don’t I am more than happy to spend time with those who don’t believe as I do.

    I lived in Utah for three years, at a place that is considered to be the Mecca of LDS’s. And the way they treated the “heathen” among them is disturbing.

    What bothers me most is the “us and them” mentality of some religious folk … that other’s who don’t believe like them are dirty, evil, or just not good enough. I once thought like this too, so I go out of my way to treat everyone as equals, even thought they might believe differently then I do.

  3. I’ve been thinking lately about an interview with a Virginia congressman who wasn’t re-elected. He said this was his first time being elected to Congress and was surprised by how tribal his party was; tribe over truth, every time. Humans are tribal to a greater or lesser degree.

    One of my co-workers spent time in Utah, but he left because his family was so very badly treated for not being Mormon.

  4. The noble side of politics is that reps need to cater to their constituencies. We expect them to disregard their own interests and fight for the interests of the people who elected them. But that’s a far cry from reps in D.C. who loose their moral compass once the get to the halls of congress, and then fight for their party rather then their constituents.

  5. Everything said about this “GOP as cult” phenomenon sounds like an echo from the 30’s. Trump’s base a Nazi believers. Many of his voters are simply the “good Germans” who go along to get along.

    Soon we’ll have a Kristalnacht. Then a burning of the Reichstag.

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