Is Donald Trump the new face of American Christianity?

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The National Association of Evangelicals created this test to determine if you were in fact an Evangelical. Ready to play? Do you accept that;

  1. The Bible is the highest authority for what you believe.
  2. It is very important for you to personally encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  3. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that can remove the penalty of your sin.
  4. Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

What seems to be missing in this short quiz is following the example of Christ. Maybe it is implied then again maybe there is just a little bit of built-in flexibility, a loophole. One would think that words like love, compassion, and empathy would be included in this test. But instead, rather than the character of Jesus Christ we get the role, what He is good for rather than what He represents.

My biggest struggle with the Evangelical community is # 4, Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation, but I will save that rant for another day.

Now for me if there was a test to find out if you were in fact a Christian it would be your acceptance of The Beatitudes, the blessings listed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount; 

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  8. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

One of the patterns that I have noticed recently among Evangelical Christians and their vocal leadership (insert Franklin Graham) is their attachment to number eight, Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven and honestly this is why they have placed Donald Trump so high on a pedestal as their savior.

Evangelicals compare their persecution right up there with how Blacks were treated for centuries in the United States. That may sound like an exaggeration but it is in fact true. There is strength in persecution, it offers groups something to rally around. And certainly if you have followed Donald Trump for any period time you know he loves playing the persecution card himself, “The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia under a magnifying glass, they have zero “tapes” of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!” 

In my opinion, mainstream Christianity in America looks nothing like Jesus. According Sojourners magazine, “Christians in America have largely supported measures that have rejected refugees, refused aid to immigrants, cut social services to the poor, diminished help for the sick, fueled xenophobia, reinforced misogyny, ignored racism, stoked hatred, reinforced corruption, and largely increased inequality, prejudice, and fear.” In short, embraced Donald Trump as the new face of American Christianity.

I believe Evangelical Christians are headed down a slippery slope with their undying loyalty to our President. If they truly accept that there will be a day of reckoning, a day that they will have to answer for their time here on earth I wonder how they will account for the persecutions they were a party too? The persecution of the LGBTQ community. The persecution of refugees and immigrants. The persecution of the poor. The persecution of people of color and other faiths. Maybe that is the loophole they are counting on.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

 

 

 

 

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36 Responses to Is Donald Trump the new face of American Christianity?

  1. Great picture. Jesus looks so….well, Anglican. The wisdom of the ancients has been lost on these ego-driven, self-righteous, inerrant, infallible, literalistic religionists. The mystics of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism present a theology of compassion, sacrifice, voluntary poverty, and intelligence.

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    • I like the word “mysticism” much better than “infallible” and for me that has become the divide in our faiths. In the minds of too many their paths have become “infallible” and that includes everyone, Christians and Muslims, Republicans and Democrats.

      I find myself flirting with the “infallible” path from time to time. Honestly, flirting may be to weak of a description. But nonetheless, maybe it is self protection or simply anger. It certainly isn’t the mystic of being, or breathing, or accepting.

      I wish we could get back to simply examining and living in the world with wonder. We we are so busy making our world infallible we miss the wonder standing right in front of us.

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    • Suze says:

      nah…he was roman catholic…that is Pietro deMedici……….lol ohhhhhhh, how ironic! lol

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    • Suze says:

      that is Pietro de Medici….

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  2. Last night I watched a show called Revelation Today. I had seen an episode of it two weeks ago and I really liked it. It was about Hell. Last night’s episode was about American in the end times. Although I didn’t exactly agree with he said, it was very interesting though. He said that one of the Beasts in the book of Revelation is America. The reason is because it had no crowns. He also said the Beast is like a lion meaning it has Christian roots. But it loses its way and it demands it to worship the first Beast (nation) that had a wound. I missed the episode where he talks about that beast. I think it’s Russia.
    I do agree that test is missing something.

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    • Sounds like an interesting, though scary show. I contend that the Book of Revelation, the last book to be accepted, has caused more harm to the Christian faith than good. Even Martin Luther had his doubts about the book calling it “neither apostolic nor prophetic”. But hey what do I know. Thank you for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  4. persedeplume says:

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” M. Ghandi
    Dominionism has become the political arm of the Conservative movement. Trump is the symptom of the frustration over the social movement and identity politics of the left. I’ve noted on my blog that progressives main failure has been to legislate things first rather than win the war of ideas. Christianity is overdue for a second reformation to align with how society will move forward in the 21st century. Much like moving away from slavery, there will have to be folks within Christianity to lead the way.

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  5. kertsen says:

    Most sensible people know that following the example of Jesus Christ as laid out in the gospels is impossible. In the same way to love your neighbor as yourself is beyond us all. To do these things we would have to deny human nature , our survival would be in doubt , we may end up being crucified. So the label Christian as millions apply it to themselves falls far short of the biblical meaning. They argue constantly about who does and who does not come up to standard. Many feel tremendous guilt because they know full well just how far short they fall from the gold standard.

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  6. kertsen says:

    Human nature does not work that way men fly across the world happy that they have paid their carbon dues by planting trees. Christianity has the scapegoat method to relieve guilt used at every celebration of communium . This subtle ritual oils the cogs of Christianity in the same way as charitable acts make our lives more livable. We observe at work the common denominator of human behaviour the cost of having to carry a conscience around with us due to eating of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As Freud neatly phrased it : ‘ we are at war with ourselves’.

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  7. kertsen says:

    We are all in the battle , like it or not , it is the cost of being human. Some souls are hypersensitive and cannot bear to see others suffer including animals others have managed to harden themselves or brush the guilt to the back of their minds. Sometimes we excuse violence saying it was unavoidable or perhaps deserved. The most interesting specimen is the psychopath who we are told has no conscience and apparently has a different brain scan from us more normal beings. Robert Hare is the expert in this field he has suggested about 1% of Americans are psychopaths, many moving among the population undetected. In most of us the battle rages between selfish ambition and loving concern.

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  8. K. Q. Duane says:

    Christian “Persecution” of LGBT, refugees, immigrants, poor, and people of color? Are you suggesting that as Christians we are to remain silent on the seriousness of the sins committed against God by homosexuals, knowing full-well about God the Father’s fury, and hellfire destruction, of Sodom for those very same sins? If we followed that path, we would no longer be Christians, we’d just be JERKS! We are remanded by God to warn these people that they are on a selfish journey which will lead them to eternal damnation unless they repent and reform their displeasing behavior.
    As far as Christians “persecuting” the remainder of your list of victims, those people are the very people to whom millions of Christians have dedicated their very lives and wealth to helping. And NO OTHER faith on earth has ever surpassed the Christian’s level of charity. For pete sakes, Christians invented the concept of hospitals and schools for that very purpose!

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    • “….we are to remain silent on the seriousness of the sins committed against God by homosexuals, knowing full-well about God the Father’s fury, and hellfire destruction, of Sodom for those very same sins?”

      Apparently you are Jewish, not Christian given that you follow an Old Testament God rather than the compassionate and loving example of Jesus Christ. But that is the Christian paradox so many of “YOU” have, use God as the bad Guy to justify your harass stance on everyone that doesn’t act, look, or believe as “YOU” do.

      Good luck on all that wonderful “charity” you are willing to offer to those willing to drink your Kool-Aid while you with hold your love from others. In my opinion, you missed the message of Jesus but Franklin Graham supports you.

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      • K. Q. Duane says:

        How did you jump to that inane conclusion? Do you honestly think that Christ did not believe what His Father did? The issue of homosexuality was dramatically settled for Christ BEFORE He even set foot on earth, in Sodom. It was a non-issue for Christ because there was NO doubt about His Father’s directive on this matter. NO doubt! Christ’s time on earth was defined by “compassion and loving” because His Father had done the heavy-lifting, here on earth, BEFORE sending Christ to forgive those few, by comparison, remaining sinners. There would be NOTHING more UNcharitable than to deliberately withhold redemptive information from someone who was at risk of eternal damnation! And, you ignore the fact that 95% of homosexuals were abused as children. They ALL have a backstory of betrayal, suffering and sadness. Why would you prefer to enable this abuse rather than face the reality of these horrors and assist those who need help as adults and as children? Where is the “charity” in that?

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        • Lady you are no better than your President spouting facts and figures you can’t prove. Your faith is based on fiction, stories, and fables. You would be better off worshipping the truth of Dr. Seuss at least your heart would be filled with love for all of creation rather than the ones you pick and chose because you think you know the message of Christ.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            Dr. Seuss? 😂 Those books are spawn from the mind of an author on an LSD trip! So how is that in any way relevant to this discussion? As far as proof goes, for the simple-minded, I don’t think that 11 of Christ’s 12 Apostles, who knew Him personally and lived with Him for many years, would have ALL allowed themselves to be brutally and mercilessly tortured and martyred in the name of Christ, if they believed Christ was a fraud. YOU, on the other hand, have no personal experience, or facts, upon which to base YOUR irrational conclusion that it’s all a lie.

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          • Amazing, what kind of wacky weed are you smoking? Some of your tantalizing facts;
            1. Dr, Seuss was on LSD.
            2. 95% of homosexuals were abused as children.
            3. Christians invented the concept of hospitals and schools.

            Lady, your beliefs are the reason that Christians have brutally and mercilessly tortured others in the name of Christ, and continue to do so today. May God have mercy on your soul.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            Obviously you haven’t read Seuss’ books! If Seuss, a non-Christian, anti-Christian oddball, wasn’t doing drugs while writing his “children’s” books he was insane. His books are total garbage and the crazy characters, stories and bizarre worlds he invented hardly allow very young children to understand the world they are about to enter. They instead make it frightening and confusing. The last two are facts that stand on their own merit. And, for your further education, Christians also invented missions and became missionaries to the poor, ALL OVER THE WORLD!

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          • I wouldn’t get too proud about Christian missions and missionaries, just ask the Native Americans how that went for them. Check that fact.

            I hope you get to stand before God an answer for all the kooky bullshit you and your kind spew. When you get to explain your hate and intolerance in the name of GOD.

            I try to keep an open place in my heart for all you God-scaring Christians, but your words and your actions make it hard, very hard to do so. Peace will rein ALL OVER THE WORLD when the words and actions of haters like you and your President become silent.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            What are you taking about? The French and Spanish missionaries had great success with the Native populations where they settled. Many actually became missionaries themselves!
            Where is the “hate and intolerance”? If you believe that helping people find joy in their lives is a definition of “hate and intolerance” you are barking up the WRONG tree. Try again.

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          • You seriously are nucking futs, the Native Americans were FORCED to accept the “great success” of missionaries just as they were forced off their lands.

            And I am sorry, I didn’t realize you were helping people “find joy” by browbeating us with your bible, judging us, and criticizing our path to enlightenment because it doesn’t match yours. Do me a favor, don’t help me or my family “find joy”. Drag someone else down to your joy level.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            You were OBVIOUSLY “educated” in the public school system which is run by feminist socialists who irrational HATE everything associated with Christianity and routinely LIE to “prove” and push their anti-white Christian male agenda. Try again. And, obviously you’ve also failed to notice that I’m not the one spewing hate here, you are!

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          • So I suppose you support the white Christian male agenda? Do you also fly the Confederate Flag? Do also support the Ku Klux Klan a well known “Christian” group here in the South known for their “love and encouragement” of blacks, Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and the newest group to their advocacy Catholics?

            I love how you use words of denial to prove your “point”, then blame others for the problems in your faith and in typical righteous Christian fashion play the victim….oh poor persecuted Christians. Looks like a page from the elect Donald Trump President playbook.

            “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            I love how YOU are a flaming bigot and racist! You are obviously irrationally prejudiced and HATE white Christians.

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          • You are truly nucking futs, but that’s okay the world needs nucking futs people to keep the rest of us balanced, to show the rest of world right from wrong.

            I just assumed you were a Trumpet, then saw your Twitter account; https://twitter.com/kqduane which confirmed for me you are not only a fake Christian but a useless piece of shit fake Christian and probably a card carrying member of the Westboro Baptist Church.

            When you stand before God and condemn homosexuals, I hope you have a good answer for your love and support of a pussy grabbing, racist, money loving, adulterer. Yea, God said those were sins too you hypocrite.

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        • look to Ezekial for the reason that Sodom was destroyed. It wasn’t because of homosexuality. Ezekiel 16:49-50 declares, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me…”
          So, the arrogant, overfed and unconcerned that did not help the poor and needy were the biggest problem. Secondly, Muslims created the first hospital, and the Chinese the very first schools far before Christ was even born. Learn some history before spouting off half-truths. So far as your statistical information, you must have been listening to fake news sources, because it just isn’t true about the abuse you state 95% of homosexuals underwent.

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          • Nan says:

            You go get ’em, Suze!

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          • Ms. Suze, I don’t see any good reason to give this “lady” anymore of our space, time or oxygen. She is apparently the poster child for “You can’t fix stupid” right behind her “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned” President, The Donald. She responded to your comment (which I deleted) with this oh so witty retort : “Nice try. And I suppose you you believe that it’s just a coincidence that Sodom and sodomy are spelled nearly the same!” which included several emoji’s. She is apparently very fond of emoji’s, which makes sense given her level of intellect. We all know smiley faces are easier to draw than forming complete intelligent sentences.

            She is an old, white, racist, bigot hiding behind the cloak of Christ and a vengeful God. We have seen her kind before (Sieg Heil) and I am sure we will see her kind again. Hate spawns hate but what we can try to live by and up too are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

            We got to love her but we don’t have to give her a platform. Let her spread her hate on her own blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

            I love you Ms. Suze. Thanks for being in my universe.

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