Our fight to disentangle American Christianity from white supremacy, misogyny, and the instinct to defend politicians like Trump & Roy Moore can only be won through community and fellowship that has the power to refashion angry gut feelings into embracing THE INTRINSIC WORTH OF BEAUTY!
Bannon’s/Trump’s hostile secular nihilism has won the day in the pro-billionaire, anti-middle class Republican Party. The culture of FOX News/Roy Moore/Trump has turned the GOP powerfully against authentic traditional Christian values. Evidence? Just consider the pro-billionaire, anti-working people, Jesus-denying tax bill! How did we get here? Church folks, it’s all about church! Let me explain.
Social scientists have documented our tendency to reject reliable evidence– if it challenges our core emotional beliefs. White evangelical Trump/Roy Moore supporters have turned our human tendency to wallow in the denial of reality into a science. That inner “science” has utterly corrupted authentic faith.
Self-evidently truthful testimony by molested women will NEVER deter Trumped-type evangelicals who see Trump and Moore as noble martyrs persecuted by the “liberal establishment.” That’s because these days (actually for the last few decades) what I’ll call Trumped Evangelicals’ core beliefs were more strongly formed by the Fox News/Rush Limbaugh/Breitbart cabal than by the Bible.
The challenge for authentic Christian church leaders today is to find ways to help Trumped Evangelical “believers” to rediscover their own heritage of ancient ideas about how to form our ultimate loyalty to God and his kingdom rather than to FOX News, as it were.
The way people worship has consequences; shaping our response to evil and to people different from ourselves. This is something the secular media is clueless about. They’d rather parse details about the Rust Belt, than anything theological. They miss the point of what really led to Trump: Crap worship.
Evangelical “worship” became ritual entertainment cut off from history and tradition. No wonder a reality TV flake became an evangelical favorite. He was like many pastors. And most Americans worship in congregations dominated by a single racial or ethnic group. No wonder ideas of diversity scare the hell out of Christians.
Read my book and break this closed loop of evil! Yes this is a “pitch.” But it happens to be true. I’ve spent the better part of 5 years trying to write a book that will reintroduce my readers to living lives that FEEL sacred because they are!
Yes, the pitch continues! (If I keep this up I’ll make you a: As seen on TV-money back offer!) Here goes: Are you a millennial evangelical disillusioned with your parents’ generation’s inability to deal with racism, sexism and homophobia– the issues tearing our country apart? My new book is for you! (I can hear you sigh.)
America is moving away from religion so people, especially millennials, have lost something. Their community becomes primarily virtual, they’re seeing people through a screen and not flesh and blood. I’m trying to reconnect us with a tactile hands-on relationship to reality. And ironically I’m doing this with an iBook because it lets me bring you the actual art, music, film and TV illustrations I talk about. My “Lucy” project is for atheists, evangelicals, mainline liberal Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox Christians, all seeking new spiritual community.
I’ll say it again: Our fight to disentangle American Christianity from white supremacy, misogyny, and the instinct to defend politicians like Trump & Moore can only be won through community and fellowship that has the power to refashion angry gut feelings into embracing THE INTRINSIC WORTH OF BEAUTY!
Our fight to disentangle American Christianity from white supremacy, misogyny, has only begun. The words “Reform” and “Revival” hardly cover it. I’m talking about a revolution of the spirit.
Want to learn more about where we’re at and how we got here? Discover my new book Letter to Lucy: A Manifesto of Creative Redemption—In the Age of Trump, Fascism and Lies, a multi-touch book about art, love and parenting, from the fall of the Byzantine Empire to the prophetic music of Green Day and everything in between, available now exclusively on iBooks.
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