White Evangelicals: God Blessed Us With Mr Trump

by Mark Bear

For those “White Evangelicals” who voted in droves for Donald Trump – by a margin of 81% to 19%, one must ask: Do they not see the obvious now, especially considering the events of Russian involvement with the election? The President’s and GOP lawmakers critique of “where” the information came from versus the standard they applied to the leaks on Clinton which was “it doesn’t matter where the information came from because it is true,” and the recent revelations that General Flynn was in contact – along with several on the Trump campaign weeks prior to the election – with Russian intelligence? Do they even care?

Do they care that the FBI interviewed Flynn at the White House several days after Trump was sworn in, and does it bother them now that they know for a fact that Trump KNEW about Flynn discussing sanctions with Russian diplomats before he – Trump – was even sworn into office?

My guess is – based on comments I see in social media – that it bothers them little, because for these people it is all about ensuring they get to promote their theocratic agenda. That’s right! The very antithesis of what Jesus – the God they say they worship – advocated while on this earth, according to the very Book they claim they believe!

But don’t let that stop them, huh?

Betsy Devos – crusader for privatizing public schools and implementing subjective “Jesus based” education is more important, because then those White Evangelicals can have THEIR WAY in education versus objective truth. They can say, have only creationism taught versus the very well supported notion of evolution and natural selection. And if the students don’t like it? Well that is easy! Go to your own school – labeled charter.

Oh I know, you will call it choice, but then again, if you happen to take the time to research the matter yourselves, you will find the real term to describe this is “forced obsolescence.” Don’t believe me? How about Devos’ comment on “learning disabled kids being a drag on the system,” and Trump agreeing? DO tell me: What IS Devos up to with that comment? Kicking kids out of school because they have a learning disability? Seriously?

One must then ask about the well established fact that Trump KNEW for several weeks about Flynn’s discussing sanctions with Russia even before being sworn in? Either Trump is NOT the bold decision making, terminating CEO that these White Evangelicals used to justify casting their vote for him, due to his delay in terminating Flynn, or he is ignorant and does not know what is going on in his Administration. It really is that simple folks!

Again: I find myself wondering how these White Evangelicals feel today knowing all of this? Knowing that Trump believes in unquestioned authority from the press as stated by Steven Miller -his counsel – as stated on national television. What was it Miller said, “People will learn not to question the President when it comes to these matters?” Seriously! Has this administration not heard of judicial review?

So evangelicals, was it worth your vote? Seriously? Oh wait, I know; the Supreme Court! Yes, that was the rationale you folks used in order to cast your ballot for Trump. What was it you all said as White Evangelicals? Oh, I know: We aren’t electing a “Spiritual Leader.” Point taken! But then again, you surely demanded a specific kind of spirituality be present in the last President, and even though he had it, you continued to spread lies, myths and rumors in order to delegitimize him. Simply put: you slandered that man!

How do you feel now that Trump is trying to argue the Courts have no say in his Executive Orders? How do you feel now that Trump has signed over 48 Executive Orders since he got sworn in, while the previous President was bashed by your crowd when he signed one out of necessity? Why is it you folks persist in having a double standard? Can you not see it yet? Are you that blind? Here let me assist.

This, from the very book to which you profess your belief:

“The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.”

Do you happen to know which Book, Chapter and Verse that is from? Daniel, Chapter 11:36-39.

And you folks had the audacity to question MY spirituality while I supported the past President.

Me? Well you will have to forgive me, but I am feeling mightily vindicated! I didn’t buy into all the propaganda and lies about the former President spouted off by the current one or conservatives, nor did I ever buy into the notion that “I wasn’t electing a spiritual leader” as justification. Why? Because I know there is a wall which exists – or is supposed to – which separates religion and politics!

As the great and rationally minded theologian, Henri Nouwen once said,

“For Jesus, there are no countries to be conquered, no ideologies to be imposed, no people to be dominated. There are only children, women, and men to be loved.”

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13 Responses to White Evangelicals: God Blessed Us With Mr Trump

  1. Glenn R. Geist

    February 16, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Wow – that’s brilliant, but I can’t see that it’s a mystery that people believe things seemingly at random and at odds with reality. Religion is all about authority and the love of surrendering, not about questioning truth.

    • Dr. Mark Bear

      February 17, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Glenn,

      While I understand your sentiments, I must say that my personal experience has led me to question much, especially those elements associated with the faith. In its strictest form, religion IS arguably – as you eruditely point out – a matter which if abused – and often it is – turns out to be nothing more than people blindly conforming to a supposed authority.

      However, as a person who has had faith in the center of my life, and a person who has actually served as a pastor in a very strict conservative denomination, the center focus of my ministry was spent on challenging members to question everything, including that which was stated by me.

      I think at the end of the day, each of us as humans have a some sort of faith, however that interest wanes when we witness people abusing the very notion of the construct. In addition, people who abuse “faith” as it were, do not realize they are engaging in the exact opposite of what one might do with regards to faith.

      I find myself wondering whether there is any middle ground on the issue. The reason I ask this is because I know the mindset of those in conservative circles, and one thing which pushes them farther away from dialogue is when folks like myself engage in deligitimatizing “their” faith rather than just saying that faith is something which is not for me. Notice my argument goes both ways; the person who embraces faith needs to respect the boundaries of the individual stating he or she does not wish to be informed about faith, as well as the individual who does not have a faith based worldview ought to respect the boundaries of the other.

      From a political view, I see this issue as being more salient than ever, especially given the fact that those comprising the Republican voting bloc happen to be “evangelicals.” In other words, when liberally minded people mock those of faith, they end up – sadly – reinforcing the faulty notions associated with it. To clarify: As a person who has had faith in the center of my own life for nearly thirty years, never once did I feel it my personal responsibility to force my views on others, as Kim Davis so wrongly did.

      The issue with Davis was not that she is a person of faith per se, but that she made every attempt to make an argument that “she was personally exempt” from the court ruling regarding same sex marriage, and used this argument under the auspices of the notion that doing so would hinder her “religious freedom.” What she neglected to understand however, is that when working as a Clerk of the Court, she had a legal obligation which surpasses her personal faith. In the end, I think she brought more harm than good to people of faith, and would have done more for her own cause had she simply resigned her position, even if she had to go on record stating publicly the reason for her resignation being one of faith. But to demand she continue getting paid in a civic function, while demanding “HER” faith rights be acknowledged while ignoring the rights of those seeking relief under the new law, was a bridge too far for anyone to overcome. Thanks for your most thoughtful insight and response.

      • Glenda Durell

        February 17, 2017 at 5:55 am

        I definitely agree with you on the Kim Davis issue, Mark. Responding by simply stating that she could not compromise her faith and resigning her position would done far more for her Christian witness but instead she chose to fight the battle and kept her job but in doing so, possible turned more people against the Christian faith.

  2. Hanyewi

    February 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Excellent questions. I do not expect you will receive many honest answers though.

    • Dr. Mark Bear

      February 17, 2017 at 3:37 am

      Hi Hanyewi,

      I believe you are correct. Confirmation bias abounds with people of faith. In my case, I find myself having more questions about faith than answers as I age. Why this is not the norm is beyond me, especially when what is believed cannot even be proven. Thanks for chiming in!

  3. Michael John Scott

    February 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    The fact is when the Sky Beard, and his alleged son, Jesus, control your life common sense won’t enter into it, as you abandoned all that when you chose to believe in such unhinged mythological nonsense. Now, speaking for myself, I consider the Almighty Unicorn to be the “Good” opposing the “Evil” because the Unicorn is, himself, actually “Good,” something the Evangelical’s “God” is CERTAINLY NOT. That is all. Thanks for indulging my rant 🙂

    • Dr. Mark Bear

      February 17, 2017 at 3:35 am

      Michael,

      This is precisely why I do not believe it my right, responsibility, or burden to persuade folks who do not have faith into believing. My old saying is if God wants to get in touch with a person, and He is all we in the faith community believe – than He should be more than able to communicate with one to convert their manner of thinking, if necessary.

      When I realized the beauty of diversity in our world, only after being in graduate school to be honest, it served as a launching pad to my acceptance of any and all viewpoints, including the one you embrace. There is admittedly no evidence for my faith, and in fact, if I were to be honest, a whole lot of merit to your point.

      • Glenda Durell

        February 17, 2017 at 6:02 am

        I’m afraid that Christians drive more people away from God by being dogmatic in their beliefs or by presenting the argument that what they believe is the only truth. They are pushing a “religion” rather than a relationship with our Father in Heaven, which to me is what really matters. If we live our lives both in private and in public as God and Jesus have instructed, then our lives should draw people to desire the relationship that we have with our Heavenly Father.

  4. Stephenie

    February 16, 2017 at 11:56 am

    The very last thing Trump is, is “a blessing from God”. It’s more along the lines of torrential rain for 30 days and 30 nights. Evangelicals seem to have given him a pass on that “do unto others” and “love thy neighbor” thing.

  5. Edward J. Lawson

    February 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks Doc. Another well thought and well written piece from you.
    There is no logic or rational explanation that can explain the ideology and actions of these hypocrites.
    They operate in a sphere void of the teachings of the very same man they profess to follow.

  6. Peter Lake

    February 16, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Very nice, but the Jesus Magic is all powerful among these Bible Thumpers, and when they think someone with power, like Trumper believes as they do then he’s god given. It’s a load a crap.

  7. Susan Bear

    February 16, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Mark, as ususal you nailed it. Thank you for staying true to your convictions!

  8. Maria Acosta

    February 18, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I too was flabbergasted with the whole, “it isn’t true if there is no name attached to the accusation” compared to how they treated Hillary and harped on the information yet cared not one bit where that information was coming from.