aside Letter To Evangelicals Who Continue To Grant President Trump A “Mulligan”

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I have been blogging questioning why the 80% of White Evangelicals who voted for him haven’t been holding him more accountable for how he openly mistreats people, displays racist leanings, denies that climate change is for real, for starters.

As a person of faith, I worry that peoples will judge all Christians including Evangelicals by the 80% of White Evangelicals’ lack of courage and decency to stand up for what’s right. Their ways may very well turn many away from ever considering the Christian way of life.

Personally, I have religious leaders who I do admire and follow like Papa Francisco, Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, Rev. William Barber II, and Bishop Joe Garlington Sr.

Here’s the rest of the story…

An author, John Pavlovitz has written a book that addresses this issue, and a blog where he is advertising his book, “A Bigger Table.” In his blog he shares a letter addressed to Evangelicals who continue to give cover to President Trump’s abusive way of treating others and for his chronic lying.

On January 24, 2018, John Pavlovitz penned the following critique, White Evangelicals, “This is Why People Are Through With You.

Dear White Evangelicals,

I need to tell you something: People have had it with you.

They’re done.

They want nothing to do with you any longer, and here’s why:

They see your hypocrisy, your inconsistency, your incredibly selective mercy, and your thinly veiled supremacy.

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

“For eight years they watched you relentlessly demonize a black President; a man faithfully married for 26 years; a doting father and husband without a hint of moral scandal or the slightest whiff of infidelity.”

“They watched you deny his personal faith convictions, argue his birthplace, and assail his character—all without cause or evidence. They saw you brandish Scriptures to malign him and use the laziest of racial stereotypes in criticizing him.”

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And through it all, White Evangelicals—you never once suggested that God placed him where he was, 
you never publicly offered prayers for him and his family, 
you never welcomed him to your Christian Universities, 
you never gave him the benefit of the doubt in any instance, 
you never spoke of offering him forgiveness or mercy,
your evangelists never publicly thanked God for his leadership,
your pastors never took to the pulpit to offer solidarity with him,

you never made any effort to affirm his humanity or show the love of Jesus to him in any quantifiable measure.

You violently opposed him at every single turn—without offering a single ounce of the grace you claim as the heart of your faith tradition.You jettisoned Jesus as you dispensed damnation on him.

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And yet today, you openly give a “mulligan” to a white Republican man so riddled with depravity, so littered with extramarital affairs, so unapologetically vile, with such a vast resume of moral filth—that the mind boggles.

And the change in you is unmistakable. It has been an astonishing conversion to behold: a being born again.

With him, you suddenly find religion.
With him, you’re now willing to offer full absolution.
With him, all is forgiven without repentance or admission.
With him you’re suddenly able to see some invisible, deeply buried heart.
With him, sin has become unimportant, compassion no longer a requirement.
With him, you see only Providence.

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And White Evangelicals, all those people who have had it with you—they see it all clearly.

They recognize the toxic source of your inconsistency.

They see that pigmentation and party are your sole deities. 
They see that you aren’t interested in perpetuating the love of God or emulating the heart of Jesus.
They see that you aren’t burdened to love the least, or to be agents of compassion, or to care for your Muslim, gay, African, female, or poor neighbors as yourself.
They see that all you’re really interested in doing, is making a God in your own ivory image and demanding that the world bow down to it.
They recognize this all about white, Republican Jesus—not dark-skinned Jesus of Nazareth.

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And I know you don’t realize it, but you’re digging your own grave in these days; the grave of your very faith tradition.

Your willingness to align yourself with cruelty is a costly marriage. Yes, you’ve gained a Supreme Court seat, a few months with the Presidency as a mouthpiece, and the cheap high of temporary power—but you’ve lost a whole lot more.

You’ve lost an audience with millions of wise, decent, good-hearted, faithful people with eyes to see this ugliness.
You’ve lost any moral high ground or spiritual authority with a generation.
You’ve lost any semblance of Christlikeness.

You’ve lost the plot.
And most of all you’ve lost your soul.

I know it’s likely you’ll dismiss these words. The fact that you’ve even made your bed with such malevolence, shows how far gone you are and how insulated you are from the reality in front of you.

But I had to at least try to reach you. It’s what Jesus would do.

Maybe you need to read what he said again—if he still matters to you.

13 comments

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    Wow! Those words are past due! Perhaps someone will read them and shovel off the coffee table and rescue their Christian Bible from under all the dust that has accumulated and actually open and read that book and it’s message! Thank you for taking the time to write this blog, as it does serve a much greater good, than some people realize…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      These Evangelicals could have led the president in a better way, but instead they have turned a blind eye to his misdeeds and have actually made excuses for him like a parent might with an unruly child.

      It is disheartening.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Gronda, as an imperfect Christian, I applaud this book. I have a friend who uses the term “Cafeteria Christians” meaning they select the pieces of the bible they like and ignore the rest. The incumbent President personifies the antithesis of WWJD. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      Do you know the Evangelist Joyce Meyer? She tweeted me wanting me be her twitter friend and then another one to call her personally.

      This is interesting/ exciting even, as long as she is not upset with my posts regarding some Evangelicals.

      None of us are perfect Christians but a work in progress. As people of faith we do have some additional help.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Gronda, that is terrific. I work with some fabulous people of faith and churches, synagogues and mosques, etc. in helping the impoverished, homeless, and hungry climb a ladder and get a reasonable meal. These people embody the teachings of Jesus, in my view in helping the “least of these” and treating others like you want to be treated. The bible can be used as source of good or it can be used as a weapon to divide. It is the latter that I am concerned about as my greatest pet peeve is bigotry from the pulpit. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          I am always awed by all that you do and thank you for being someone who exemplifies the name of Christian. How we treat others makes a huuuuuuge difference. Thanks for being the man that you are.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • Gronda, you are very kind. Most of what I do is tell the story of hard working people helping people who need some help climbing the ladder. They are the heros and heroines. Keith

  3. Wow! Quite a spiel! And I agree with every word! I’m not a believer so the hypocrisy of the “White Evangelicals” is probably even more distasteful to me than Mr. Pavlovitz. In any case, he absolutely and completely hits the nail solidly on its head. Bravo!

    • Dear Nan,

      There are a lot of peoples who are shocked by those White Evangelicals who continue to offer excuses for the president’s misbehaving ways.

      For me they are an embarrassment to Christianity.

      Hugs, Gronda

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