A visitor from another planet – or perhaps an angel sent by the Lord to check in on the church – when figuring out what white American evangelicals are today might be slightly confused.
If she/he/it/they checked a dictionary then looked around at evangelicals in 2018 they’d wonder what idiot wrote this inaccurate description of the definition of evangelical in Merriam-Webster:
- of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels
- emphasizing salvation by faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ through personal conversion, the authority of Scripture, and the importance of preaching as contrasted with ritual.
In Trump’s America the investigating angel might be forgiven for thinking that Webster was written by idiots and write a new set of rough notes that might go like this:
White Evangelicals: relating to, or being in agreement with those trying to avoid being blamed for a generations-long pattern of rigid sexual authoritarianism and racism who have presently voted for a man everyone else in the America accurately regards as a blight, criminal con-artist.
The importance of believing that Jesus Christ saved you personally from sin or hell, and the preaching of these beliefs to other people was once the pretended prime directive of white evangelicals. Actually their history points to other priorities now fully realized in the election of Donald Trump.
So who are these white evangelicals really? A bit of history is in order. White evangelicals are about:
preserving Male authority (it means beating children),
getting involved in shady politics,
supporting wars of choice,
In other words white evangelicals are and always have been at the heart of the fascistic so-called conservative movement, and like that movement are – in Trump – reaping what they have sown for the last 100 years- plus.
Merriam-Webster call your office. Here’s a suggestion for your new definition of white evangelical:
Relating to, or being in agreement with every backward misinformed idea as long as it is mean,
A myth-based cult,
A lynch mob.
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