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America's White Evangelical Problem


America’s White Evangelical Problem - December 6, 2023




Nationalism always had a grip on the white Evangelical church. When I attended a conservative Evangelical college, I realized just how deeply those hatreds ran. Barack Obama’s election disturbed my classmates, maybe even frightened them. Here was a Black liberal with a suspicious name, and here was the loss of power they abhorred. In The Kingdom, Alberta reflects on the Obama years after speaking with Robert Jeffress, a megachurch pastor and prominent Trump supporter. White Evangelicals “had spent Obama’s presidency marinating in a message of end-times agitation. Something they loved was soon to be lost. Time was running out to reclaim it. The old rules no longer applied. Desperate times called for desperate — even disgraceful — measures,” he writes. Jeffress, he adds, “was inviting an obvious question: Once a person becomes convinced that they are under siege — that enemies are coming for them and want to destroy their way of life — what is to stop that person from becoming radicalized?”



You will know them by their fruits, the Bible says. Behold: conspiracy theories, prejudice, and fear; eventually, Donald Trump.



To his credit, for all the time Alberta spends with the radical Evangelical right, he is not desensitized to what he uncovers. Instead, he is scandalized. “Would a serious Christian see fit, I wondered, to condone this brutish behavior in any other area of life?” he writes of the Road to Majority conference where Trump had spoken to an enthralled audience. “Would they condone vicious ad hominem attacks if they were launched at the office? Would they condone the use of vulgarities and violent innuendo inside their home? Would they condone blatant abuses of power at their local school or nonprofit or church?” A “serious Christian” might not, as Alberta defines the term. He goes on to ask why these Christians accept a certain brutality in politics that they may not accept in other areas of their lives. “This compartmentalization of standards is toxic to the credibility of the Christian witness,” he writes.



Tim Alberta Book Review: America’s White Evangelical Problem (nymag.com)




 


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RE: America's White Evangelical Problem

Thanks for sharing that.

You touch on the great paradox of how anyone who can call themselves Christian can also be such a strong supporter of the most flawed and clearly criminal candidate that the US has ever had.



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RE: America's White Evangelical Problem
The Evangelicals are hypocrites that is something Jesus never tolerated. It is also shocking how a sexual deviant like Donald Trump has earned any kind of currency. It shows how corrupt America has become that they deem this deviant and thief as any kind of a leader. I have never in my lifetime seen such a remarkable simp (submissive to Melania) viewed as a hero. Let?s see if the Democrats can rise to the occasion.

   



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