Mockery

Evangelicals have made a mockery of Christianity. Evangelical Franklin Graham states: "While the media scratches their heads and tries to understand how this happened [i.e., how Donald Trump won the electorate college for the presidency], I believe that God's hand intervened Tuesday night to stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control of our country." (link) (emphasis added) Whose country, exactly? To whom does "our" refer? To Franklin Graham's white, privileged, greedy and wealthy evangelical country?

From the same source the conservative evangelical Graham also states:
Hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the United States have been praying. This year they came out to every state capitol to pray for this election and for the future of America. Prayer groups were started. Families prayed. Churches prayed. Then Christians went to the polls, and God showed up.
God showed up. The contemporary conservative evangelical mind is a curious reality. Evidently, according to a conservative evangelical mindset, God controls who gets elected in American politics. The prophet Daniel claims that God "deposes kings and sets up kings." (Dan. 2:21) Yet the prophet Hosea declares God's complaint: "They [Israel] made kings, but not through me; they set up princes, but without my knowledge [or approval, consent]." (Hos. 8:4) But never mind the contradiction: evangelicals cling to Daniel and ignore Hosea.

Why? Why would conservative evangelicals favor one prophet's message over another? Because of their right wing agenda. Evangelicals have been convinced, since the era of the late Jerry Falwell, Sr., that Republicans would, according to former Religious Right advocates Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson, give them the power to "right every wrong and cure every ill and end every frustration that God-fearing people had been forced to submit to by [their] 'oppressors,' whom [they] labeled secular humanists, abortionists, homosexuals, pornographers, and 'liberals."1 Remember the context here is the late 1970s and early 1980s. Does this message sound familiar to you? Franklin Graham states this summer:
The enemy is not the British today, but godless secularism [the same wording taken from the 1970s] and people who call themselves progressives who are undermining the morals and the God-given biblical foundation that our Founding Fathers gave this nation. These foundations are under attack, and the election coming up is so critical for America's future. (link)
Nearly forty years later and Religious Right evangelicals like Franklin Graham are still pushing the Republican right wing agenda because they think that Republicans are going to support, defend, and legislate their evangelical religious values. Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson explain: "We opposed them all with the righteous indignation we thought came directly from God. We opposed them because we knew they were the reason America was in decline. And we had been raised up by God himself to reverse that decline."2 What was their conclusion? Failure: they were betrayed by the Republicans they voted into office.



Sadly, though, when Ronald Reagan won the election, his victory was deemed by the Religious Right as "proof that God was on our side and that he was well-pleased. We believed we could restore 'moral sanity' by might and by power, with the Spirit of the Lord upon us."3 Yet they were wrong. They are wrong this time, too, but they are still blinded by political might, deceived, and are still making a mockery of Christianity. They think God is "on their side," proof of which is the victory of a religious hypocrite and an unregistered sex offender: Donald J. Trump, president-elect of the United States of America.

Another religious fraud, Charismatic heretic Rick Joyner, claims that Donald J. Trump is akin to having all of Jesus' disciples in one person. (link) Evangelicals have for decades warned about end-times deception. Now we are seeing that deception unfold from within the very camp that granted us those warnings. They, unbeknownst to their very selves, are the ones about whom we were warned. Donald Trump was caught confessing, at age 59, married to his current wife and while she was pregnant, that he gets away with sexually assaulting women because of his celebrity status. Did that cause evangelicals to falter? No. Why? Because all they truly care about is power, authority, and control. This is how we know that evangelicalism is corrupt and a false expression of the faith.

Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson lament that their socio-politico-religio cause not only failed but actually made life in this country worse; and, when the Moral Majority of the Religious Right folded in the late 1980s, the Christian Coalition and other Religious Right and political right wing organizations began, and they used, "with minor variations, the same strategies to achieve the same ends we failed to achieve."4 They finally conceded: "Real change must come from ... the inside out."5 In other words, true and lasting change derives from a change of heart. You cannot politicize or legislate a change of heart. If evangelicals had been true to their faith, and to the teachings of Jesus, they would have discipled people (Matt. 28:19) rather than seeking political, social, and religious converts.

Instead, contemporary conservative evangelicals have made a mockery of Christianity in the public square, insisting that Jesus elected Donald J. Trump into office in order to "save" America. What America? A white America? A so-called "Christian" America? An America that denies equal rights to minorities? An America that betrays and mocks its own founding values to adopt "the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of a teeming shore"? An alt-right America intent on preserving a white America and grants Nazi salutes to Trump? Jesus will have nothing to do with this mockery of either this nation or His teachings. Evangelicals: you have become corrupt, a false faith, and a house of devils. The time is overdue for your repentance. God will not be mocked.

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1 Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson, Blinded By Might: Can the Religious Right Save America? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999), 22. The answer to the subtitle is a loud and resounding no.

2 Ibid.

3 Ibid.

4 Ibid., 23.

5 Ibid.