aside White Evangelicals Are Worshiping The False Golden Calf President Trump, Not God

We are living in a time frame where there are about 80% of White Evangelicals who have endeavored with deliberation to catapult the republican President Donald Trump as their savior, someone who would represent their hopes, beliefs. Not at any point do these believers who represent 35% of the president’s base ever ask themselves or even God, if they are following his will.

It is my opinion that they are following a “false God” as in the “Golden Calf.” They are using the Lord’s Name in vain.

They have more faith in the US president, a very flawed character than they have in the God they profess to honor.

The president has been currying their favor by enacting policies like barring transgender soldiers from being able to serve in the military, and moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

See: Israel and Evangelicals: New US Embassy Signals a Growing Alliance/ NYT

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As per a May 2017 Atlantic edition by Molly Worthen, “American evangelicals have sometimes shown a strong preference for leaders who demand unquestioning obedience—and who, like Trump, consider disagreement a form of disloyalty.”

“Nowhere is this tendency more obvious than in the evangelical subculture that nurtured Donald Trump himself: the prosperity gospel. When Trump was a child, his family attended Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, pastored by Norman Vincent Peale, a celebrity minister whose influence radiated throughout evangelical circles and beyond. He was one of the most famous proponents of a spiritual style sometimes called the “Health and Wealth” gospel or “Name It and Claim It” faith.”

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“Praying for a new car or a promotion may sound “shockingly materialistic,” FitzGerald writes. But for believers, prosperity theology means that the material world has “a miraculous, God-filled quality.” Its basic tenets appear throughout the Bible—the notion that God answers prayers, rewards believers with worldly blessings, and punishes those who don’t keep the faith. And then, like most heresies, it pushes such orthodox teaching to an extreme. Imagine that your desired reality is true, Peale urged believers. His handy slogan: “Prayerize, picturize, actualize.” Peale, the dean of “the power of positive thinking,” would have understood Trump’s penchant for inventing his preferred reality.”

“God never goes back on his word. According to many prosperity-gospel preachers, if you don’t get that new job you prayed for, then you didn’t pray sincerely enough, live righteously enough—or give generously enough to your church. The Florida mega-church pastor Paula White, who is frequently called the president’s “spiritual adviser” (and, like him, is on her third marriage), encourages her followers to donate generously to her ministry, and to expect financial returns. “When you give the ‘firstfruits of your increase,’ as the Word says, your ‘barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will OVERFLOW,’ ” her website promises.”

Here is the rest of the story…

On February 18, 2018, Randall Balmer who is the John Phillips Professor in Religion at Dartmouth College and the author of Evangelicalism in America, penned the following commentary for the Guardian, “Under Trump, America’s religious right is rewriting its code of ethics”

The religious right’s wholesale embrace of the Republican party and of Donald J Trump, both as candidate and as president, has necessitated a rewriting of evangelical ethics. Here’s a summary, with annotations.”

Lying is all right as long as it serves a higher purpose

“Yes, we know all about that business about not bearing false witness in the Ten Commandments, but that was a very long time ago. Can’t we get beyond that? Truth and truthiness are overrated. After all, did it really matter that the “birther” nonsense was hokum? Not at all. It enraged those godless liberals and launched our brother in Christ   Donald Trump toward the presidency.”

“And all those websites fact-checking our president, claiming that he told more than 2,000 (3,000) lies his first year in office? Big deal. He’s also pro-life, and he’s trying to root out transgender folks in the military, so cut the guy some slack. Besides, that same website that tracks lying concluded that Barack Obama told 28 lies during his two terms in office. So there. (Democrats are such hypocrites!)”

See: President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims so far/ Washington Post 

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It’s no problem to be married more than, well, twice

Let’s be clear here. We’re not talking about polygamy (sorry, Mitt), only serial marriages. This revision has been a long time in the making. Yes, Jesus said: “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.” Through the 1970s, we evangelicals ostracized anyone who was divorced, let alone divorced and remarried. But then we decided to ditch a family man (and fellow evangelical) in favor of a divorced and remarried Hollywood actor in 1980. Once that barrier was breached, we concluded that, hey, if two marriages are okay, why not three?

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Evangelicals’ Definition of Family Values

Immigrants are scum

“We grant that Jesus said something about welcoming the stranger and feeding the hungry. And Leviticus says: “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself.” But our careful study of scriptural texts has led us to conclude that the almighty had Norwegians in mind, not Mexicans or Salvadorans.”

Vulgarity is a sign of strength and resolve

“The president’s scatological comments about Haiti and African nations provided a welcome relief to the rhetoric of those coddling the so-called Dreamers. As Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, noted, Brother Trump was “right on target”.

A Syrian refugee with her child.
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White lives matter (much more than others)

“Perkins also addressed the Council of Conservative Citizens, the “uptown Klan”, when he was a state representative in Louisiana. Therefore, we had no problem whatsoever with Steve Bannon or with the president’s statement blaming the violence in Charlottesville on “many sides,” both the white supremacists and those demonstrating against them. We took the Brother Trump at his word when he declared that the ranks of white supremacists and neo-Nazis included “some very fine people”. That’s why none of us criticized him. Besides, he wants to jettison the Johnson amendment to allow us to campaign from the pulpit while retaining our tax exemptions.”

A tangled web: Elliot Broidy, Shera Bechard, and Donald Trump. Photo: WWD/Rex/Shutterstock; Getty

There’s no harm in spending time with porn stars

“Once again, we have a precedent: David Vitter, the Republican senator from Louisiana and outspoken champion of “family values” whose phone number appeared in the date book of a Washington madam – and who continued to enjoy our support. Regarding that messy situation with Stormy Daniels, think of the opportunities for the president to share what Franklin Graham calls his “concern for Christian values”. We’re confident that as details emerge, we’ll learn that the Brother Trump was discussing his theological perspectives on human depravity and the second coming.”

See: More Evidence That Broidy Was Covering for Trump in Affair – NYMag

It’s all right for adults to date children

“We’re not yet prepared to embrace pedophilia, but we see nothing wrong with a 30-something attorney trolling the local shopping mall for teenage dates. After all, didn’t Jesus say, “suffer the little children to come unto me”? Roy Moore was simply being Christ-like. Besides, he opposes abortion, and he asked their mothers for permission.”

The ends justify the means

“Too many Americans think of evangelicals as dogmatic and uncompromising, so we’re eager to demonstrate that when it comes to ethical standards we can indeed be flexible. Very flexible.”

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8 comments

  1. Many who call themselves “Christians” have found it easy to sup with the devil. Think how many of the spiritually certain find it perfectly acceptable to amass great wealth while at the same time ignoring the poor and suffering who were the focus of early Christianity. What we have here is insecurity giving birth to hypocrisy on a grand scale. It’s not about Trump; it’s about a great many American people who feel they have been ignored too long, who feel the “American dream” has evaporated while they sat on the sidelines and watched it vanish into thin air. Trump simply assures them it is still possible and they love him for it.

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    • But to such pious people, isn’t their being favored by God enough for them? What do they need the government before if they are promised everlasting life in the presence of the Father? I mean how could a government actually stop God if he wanted to reward those who love Him so much?

      I agree with your statement, but the hypocrisy is too much to bear at times.

      The American Dream has been swallowed up by people like the very one they elected for president.

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      • Dear Swarn Gill,

        I agree that the hypocrisy of folks using God’s name in vain (my opinion) is off the charts.

        That is why I love Maggie Smith’s quip on the subject of religion. I am a believer and am content to be quiet about it. The way I live my life should be reflective of my faith. I see folks wearing God. religion on their sleeves that would make most peoples run as far away as possible if they are examples of peoples of faith.

        Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Dear Hugh,

    I am in agreement with your thinking on this subject of Christianity and Evangelicals.

    There are two stories in the Bible that I like to focus on to drive home the point that God does look at the behaviors of those who call on Him. The narratives involve two men who found favor with God but who were not part of any religious group:

    The Good Samaritan story is told by Jesus. In the tale, He praises the good Samaritan who helped a stranger who had been injured from his travels. He provided medical assistance and brought the man to an inn where he left enough monies to pay for any additional help that this stranger might need. The Samaritan provided help while many of the stranger’s faith( Judaism) passed him by. At the time Samaritans were shunned by Jews.

    The other story involves a man named Cornelius who was not of the Jewish faith and who knew nothing about Jesus Christ. But this was a man who treated his family and all around him well, who gave generously to the poor and who consistently prayed for guidance. St Peter was instructed by an Angel to meet with this man.

    In short, God does look at peoples’ actions, what I call their fruit. The fruit produced by our Evangelical brothers and sisters stink to high heaven.

    Hugs, Gronda

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