... the Church has misplaced its loyalties, exalting its loyalty to a particular political party over its loyalty to Biblical principles such as decency, unity, character, honesty, and morality. The Church has compromised its ability to serve as the nation’s conscience because of its own hypocritical and unflinching support of a leader who appoints lawmakers to make “Christian” laws that exceed his own moral capacity, strength of character and values.
Instead of finding the next “honest Abe,” the Church in its compromise would merely cosign absurdities, “like President Trump was a better president than Lincoln.” Instead of letting justice flow to the president, commensurate with his offenses, the Church sits in the front row of the partisan bus, wasting time that could have been spent preparing Vice President Pence or some other leader worthy of taking the mantle of national leadership.
Instead of encouraging the president to repent, the Church allows itself to become a party to blasphemy as political leaders compare the president’s trial for criminal wrongdoing to the trial of Jesus, the one who never did wrong. Instead of denouncing “race-baiting” and division, it allows the racial thermostat in America to be turned down to an icy cold and insensitive level where George Wallace-like sentiments could be uttered without rebuke, and thus failing the same test that Church failed in the days of the Founding Fathers.
Meanwhile, as all of this is taking place, the Church squanders some of its most valuable commodities, its Christian witness, the progress it’s made toward unity among the races, and the power of its influence not only in America but abroad:
“many evangelicals voted for Trump for the future while overlooking the present.” As such, I fear evangelicals have risked years of processing past racial trauma for a future devoid of Black voices among them.” (Richards(Jr.), 2018)
“We nevertheless believe the evangelical alliance with this presidency has done damage to our witness here and abroad…And it has undercut the efforts of countless missionaries who labor in the far fields of the Lord. While the Trump administration may be well regarded in some countries, in many more, the perception of wholesale evangelical support for the administration has made toxic the reputation of the Bride of Christ.” (Dalrymple, 2019).
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