To the Editor: On Dec. 19, 2019, an Op-Ed by Mark Galli, Editor in Chief of Christianity Today, a magazine founded by world renowned Evangelical Preacher Billy Graham, called for President Trump’s removal from office. Galli wrote that Trump, “...is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.”
In a television interview in 2016 Trump essentially stated that he has never asked God for forgiveness—to some applause from the audience. In spite of that, Trump received about 80 percent of the white Evangelical Christian vote in the 2016 presidential election.
On Dec. 18, 2019 during the House Impeachment Hearing, Barry Loudermilk a Representative from Georgia, compared Trump to Jesus Christ, arguing that Pontius Pilate gave Jesus more rights than Democrats were giving Trump because Pilate offered Jesus an opportunity to confront his accusers.
Comparing Trump to Jesus Christ is the most egregious and unconscionable example of blasphemy against Christianity in the modern world. I was reluctant to even put Trump’s name in the same sentence with Jesus.
Incidentally, in American jurisprudence, the opportunity to confront accusers applies to a criminal trial, not to an impeachment hearing. But I digress.
Nonetheless, some politicians and many Evangelicals who believe the Trump dogma have called him the “Chosen One,” using biblical scripture to compare him to Old Testament kings in an attempt to justify his corruption and moral turpitude.
Similarly, during the 400 years of American slavery, some white Christians also used Old Testament Bible scriptures as justification for it.
In the Old Testament Book of Exodus, the Hebrews were wandering through the wilderness in hope of reaching the promised land.
Today in their present journey to reach the spiritual promised land, the ethically bankrupt Christian community that supports Trump’s unrighteousness is wandering in its own personal “wilderness,” paradoxically seeking Jesus’s peace and love in Trump’s devisiveness and hate.
Like Jesus, many Christians do not support or condone putting children in cages, hatred of immigrants, demeaning opponents and non-supporters, violence against neighbors, dehumanizing others, mendacity, decadence, debauchery, or immorality.
Yet Trump, the reprobate, has led faithful Evangelicals into the wilderness and away from their long-held moral beliefs. Like the ancient Hebrews who were brought out of slavery and corrupted with a “golden calf” to idolize, Trump has corrupted Evangelicals by also building them a “golden calf” in his own image in order to gain their fellowship. He used the promise of conservative Supreme Court Justice appointments and protection of Second Amendment rights as the temptation.
Trump is idolized by many Evangelicals as he manipulates praise and worship for himself.
Over the last four years, we witnessed the gospel of Trump in full force in which Christians were proselytized and converted to Trumpism.
By defending Trump, the Evangelical faithful have fallen victim to his heresy and have lost all their credibility on issues of morality and righteousness. They desperately need a modern day Moses to bring them out of their ideological wilderness and away from this false idol in the White House.
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
John Jay College Of Criminal Justice
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