The evangelical leaders who endorsed Trump looked oblivious and uncaring because he so obviously violated Christian values and even common decency back when he was candidate Trump. I believe that Jerry Falwell, Jr., James Dobson, and Robert Jeffress were wrong for their endorsement. Consider Trump’s ever changing positions, his lack of specifics, his bullying tactics, his objectifying women, his remarks admitting his bent toward sexual abuse, and his denigrating the other candidates, the disabled, a war hero, a gold star family, the press, and anyone who disagreed with him.
It seemed obvious that their love of conservative policies and hate for Hillary Clinton was more important than their spiritual values.
Liberals, progressives, and younger people of faith endorsed Hilary or Sanders. Some have become a part of “The Resistance” once Trump became president. I applaud their upholding common human rights for all people, but dislike the self-righteousness and mean spiritedness that I have witnessed. It seems like you have to use the exact terminology they use, down to the s/he pronoun, or you will quickly be labeled sexist, racist, homophobic, or xenophobic, even if that is the furthest thing from the truth.
They are as narrow-minded and mean spirited in the name of inclusion (the ultimate irony) and human rights as their conservative counterparts are in their zealous support of the free market and minimalist government.
Isn’t it funny how both groups believe God is on their side?
What always strikes me as counterintuitive is that Jesus had almost nothing to say about a totally corrupt theocratic puppet government that functioned in partnership with one of the cruelest, militaristic, occupying superpowers in world history.
He said pay your taxes. Paul said to pray for those in authority. They both indicated that we are part of another kingdom. Yet, we act like government should embrace our Christian values (as we understand them), as though that will change everything for the better. It won’t. There have been plenty attempts at theocracies throughout history. How did that turn out?
It is a privilege that we have something of a voice in our government. Many believe it is a responsibility to be involved. We can fight the good fight for our government to be better, more just, and more compassionate.
But there is also this other kingdom, the simple, subversive one that runs parallel with the corrupt, political one. It does not place any sort of responsibility or expectations upon the kingdom that we hear about on the news every day.
It simply reminds us that our main responsibility, our main privilege, is to love. That’s right, more effective than a conservative revolution, or a liberal resistance, is simply loving people.