Tag Archives: Evangelicals

We just had a depressing year in religion news

downloadFrom Religion News Service, here’s a rundown of some really crappy stuff that happened in the religion world, including:

  • Trumpvangelicals
  • And what precisely means “evangelicals?”
  • Religious bigotry on campus
  • And a few other ugly things.

 

 

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Oh, the places we did go!

downloadThank you for your patience as we ducked away to Newport, RI, for a few days. I hope you had a wonderful break. Now let’s settle in:

Do you ever wonder why evangelicals are losing an entire generation? I mean, as a particular breed of evangelical, I can give you a long list of why I think we fall far short, but here’s part of the answer from Amy Gannett at Word & Craft, and thank you, Sharon, for the link. I especially liked this:

Evangelicals have warned us against the allure of progressivism, but I’m here to say that we actually like the progress.

Is Donald Trump a Christian?

The presumptive Republican candidate for President has said he is a Presbyterian, and that the Bible is his favorite book (though from the video above, he has a weird way of showing it, by pronouncing the source of a verse as “Two Corinthians,” when any half-assed Biblical scholar knows it’s pronounced “Second Corinthians.”)(She said.)

But his closed-door-closed-mind suggestions about how to live (or not) with people who aren’t like him, and his overtly rude comments about women make his claim unusual, if not suspect. Regarding compassion for the poor, the Best the Republicans Have to Offer(® is about the farthest thing from Jesus you could find. So for evangelicals to get on the Fake Tan Train is weird. Then too, this piece from Christianity Today challenges the narrative that evangelicals love Trump. Well, they may love Trump as they are instructed to love everyone, but they don’t plan to vote for the guy.

Of course, Candidate Drumpt may not realize precisely what means “born-again.” Here. Let Benjamin J. Corey explain, as Patheos (and thanks, Charles, for the link.

Peter Wehner has more. He said it better in the New York Times. And thanks, Jac, for the link.

Dear evangelical friends who love Donald Trump:

download (1)From Bruce Wydick:

I also am white, identify as an evangelical Christian, but do not share your support for Mr. Trump. And the purpose of my writing this is to try to persuade you that, even in your disillusionment with the status quo, even in a world troubled with terrorism and economic turmoil that may have affected you personally , you must not support a man like this to lead our country.

Evangelicals (my people!) are late-comers to the anti-abortion fight

imagesAs I’ve repeated over and over again, I grew up in a conservative fundamentalist church. We were considered evangelicals, and never — not once — did the topic of abortion come up in my church — not in sermons (I went to three a week), not in Sunday school, not even in those embarrassing youth group discussions that made me squirm.

Evangelicals really only came to the party after they organized against Pres. Jimmy Carter’s attempts to deny tax exemption for segregated Christian schools. Then in stepped that bloviator Jerry Falwell, aided by opportunistic Republican party operatives.

This is long, but so worth it. Progressive evangelicalism. Remember that?

And thanks, DickG., for the link.

Evangelicals? The gay is not your enemy.

imagesFor years — decades, even — my fellow evangelicals and fundamentalists have thrown their weight against same-sex marriage.

(Well, not all of them did that. But enough of them did that it was kind of embarrassing to the rest of us.)

And now marriage equality is the law of the land, and even though some states (I’m looking at you, Alabama, and you, Texas) have pockets of resistance where wrong-headed clerks and others are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, their resistance — and the continued resistance of certain breeds of Christians — feels like a last-gasp effort to prove a point.

The point here, I believe, is that those Christians are in grievous scriptural error.

Jesus [a rough approximation of whom is pictured, above] said precisely nothing — No. Thing. — about gay marriage. Jesus said precisely nothing about gay anything. He did, however, give us a list of people who need our attention in The Beatitudes. Christians! In order, from Matthew 5, your thoughts and actions should be directed toward:

  • The poor (listed as No. 1, and probably for good reason as Jesus showed a particular interest in the downtrodden)
  • Those who mourn
  • The meek (They are often our best chances for good leaders)
  • The hungry (Feed ’em, fer crissakes)
  • The merciful (We can learn from them)
  • The pure in heart (Ditto)
  • The peacemakers (Ditto again)
  • The persecuted (Jesus would know a few things about this category)

There is no “gay” there, unless you count “persecuted,” which means — conversely — that the persecuted gays persecuted by Christians could use some loving attention from persecuting Christians. Go figure.

Here. This guy says it better.

The Protestants have lost the soul of America

hqdefaultLeftover sends this (we share a love of this kind of stuff) from PRRI, “10 Things the American Values Atlas Teaches Us About America’s Religious Landscape.” Mostly? For our purposes, there’s this:

1. For the first time ever, America is not a majority Protestant nation. Only 47 percent of America identified as Protestant in 2014. At 81 percent, Mississippi is the most Protestant state in the union and Utah is the least at 10 percent.

Baby Jesus is crying, sinners. Real tears. Jimmy Swaggart, too.

(If you have the heart, you can read the American Values Atlas at this link.)

(And interesting, given the numbers, how much sway evangelicals still have over the country, according to the New York Times’ Frank Bruni. And thanks, Leftover, for this link.