Evangelical leaders are meeting this week at Wheaton College to try and figure out post-Trump how to make evangelicalism respectable again. Good luck with that!
You can’t advance Jesus’ vision of liberation by oppressing the conscience of others. That’s all evangelicalism is about.
The problem with white evangelical Trump supporters is that they aren’t Christians but “Bible believers,” in other words mentally ill delusional cult members.
There is no alternative evangelical narrative — a more positive model of social engagement to offset the Trump fiasco. As long as evangelicals believe in the Bible instead of rational thought, science and truth they are doomed.
Evangelicals’ problem isn’t that post-Trump they’re identified with a certain kind of white-grievance populism, which cuts them off from the “best of their history.” Their problem is that they believe in things that are demonstrably lies. Trump is just what lies buy you: a vision of life where everything you disagree with is “fake.”
Trump and the Republicans have reduced white evangelicalism to the status of a political interest group seeking to restore its (deservedly) lost status. To restore evangelical status would take evangelicals admitting that the Bible — when taken literally — is a destructive dumb book.
Evangelicals have lost cultural standing. They think Trump can help them win it back. The evangelical problem isn’t our post-1960s culture wars they’ve lost but the stupidity of their beliefs. Trump is the result — not the cause — of the evangelical addiction to false certainty.
If evangelicalism ever wants to play a more positive role in social and political life after their false god Trump falls, they could begin by admitting that the Bible is full of race-tribe-lie-based mythology, repent of it and call for the abolition of all fundamentalism.
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