A friend of mine posted on facebook: “Our President is new…the Great Commission is not. As our President begins his new work, it’s time for Christians to get back to their work.”
Here was my original response. The only part I left in the comment is the part in bold below but I’m posting my full thought below.
I fear for many of our American Christian brothers and sisters, the “work” they think they’re supposed to be doing is furthering political agendas, garnished with Jesus-talk to give the facade of spirituality. I came of age in the 80s and the early days of the religious right and was an enthusiastic partaker for many years. In this election the mask was finally taken off. Principles that they swore were unshakable (and that they used to bludgeon past Presidents) suddenly were discarded. So I really appreciate the sentiment, Mark. But I don’t believe it anymore. Lord, we need a generation of Kingdom-minded, not Nationalistic, Christians who will have their focus on God’s kingdom and not on political idolatry.
The Republican party is not now and never has been the answer. I repent for ever thinking it was.
Implied in your post is a heartbreaking truth – so many devoted so much time in service of a political idol while the great commission calling on their life languished,and the witness of the American church suffered greatly. Unpopular opinion, I know.
I’m thankful for the 2016 Presidential election. It exposed a lot of illusions I had been believing about the political party I once aligned with, and has helped me at least begin becoming more Kingdom of God focused versus focused on the kingdoms our politicians promise.
It has been an incredibly clarifying year. I find myself outside of Team Red/Team Blue for the first time in my adult life.
I’m incredibly concerned about what happens next. But I’m also incredibly glad I have pushed away (or at least am pushing away) from putting my trust in “chariots and horses”. What was I thinking?
I keep thinking we’ve hit bottom. Then I realize there is no bottom.
Update 1/3/2017 – I deleted the image of the tweet. It matters not anymore, having been swallowed up in a further and endless parade of horribles in what turned out to be a hideous election season.
The audio/video from this article should give Trump supporters pause. This is sickening. I know, I know, every movement has its crazies. But this feels too much like a key part of the Trump Train’s DNA.
When James Troup decided to attend a Donald Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio, he knew that there was bound to be more than a bit of factually inaccurate fear mongering, but he never expected to see a crowd literally calling for the murder of protestors.
Read the whole thing and watch the clips.
“I didn’t join the conservative movement to become a fascist.” – Ace of Spades
(also, I’ve added a “trump” tag. I didn’t want to do it, but as I am posting these days mainly on the election – I didn’t want to do that either – and he doesn’t appear to be going away, I guess it’s time.)
I’ve always really liked Jonah Goldberg (he’s a fabulous writer and serious dog-person to boot), but my respect for him has shot through the roof in recent months due to his sane, eloquent, and always witty punditry against Donald Trump. His latest Goldberg File is fantastic and somewhat alarming. He gives voice to what I’m feeling and I only wish I could express it half as well as he does. Read the whole thing – the final money-quote is below:
I know I’m being glib and jocular as I criticize Bill [Bennett] and other friends. That’s basically how I argue. But let me be clear (as Obama likes to say too often): I hate this. I hate it. I hate attacking people I respect. I hate hearing from former fans who say they’re ashamed to have ever admired me or my writing. I hate being unable to meet fellow conservatives half-way. One of the things I love about conservatism is that we argue about our principles; as I’ve written 8 billion times — more or less — we debate our dogma. I love our principled disagreements. But I honestly and sincerely don’t see this as a mere principled disagreement. I see this as an argument about whether or not we should set fire to some principles in a foolish desire to get on the right side of some “movement.” I have never been more depressed about the state of American politics or the health of the conservative movement. I hate the idea that political disagreements will poison friendships — in no small part because as a conservative I think friendship should be immune to politics. I certainly hate having to tell my wife that my political views may negatively affect our income. But I truly fear that this is an existential crisis for the conservative movement I’ve known my whole life. And all I can do is say what I believe. If Donald Trump is elected president, I sincerely and passionately hope I will be proven wrong about all of this. But I just as sincerely and passionately believe I won’t be.
I’ve stopped being baffled. Yes, I don’t understand the Trump phenomenon. But I’ve realized I probably never will, and I can live with that. To his followers, this behavior is a feature, not a bug.
From Stephen Green’s wrap up of tonight’s debate:
I must repeat that I do not believe that Donald Trump is a fascist or a national socialist or a white supremacist or any of that.
But when it comes to pleasing the crowd, he proved himself tonight willing to play by the Führerprinzip when it comes to (ahem) enhanced interrogation.
I could try to explain to you why I thought Rubio did a good job, or maybe how Cruz seemed to downplay at least some of his more unlikeable tendencies…
But I keep coming back to that one thing: Trump and the Führerprinzip — bending the military to his will, rather than to each member’s oath to the Constitution.
I’ll repeat what I said earlier: Trump is no Hitler, but he really ought to read a history book or two.
Maybe I’m making too much of this one thing…
But shouldn’t somebody?