//Back to the days when you could lynch a black person on Saturday and attend church on Sunday and be assured your immortal soul was headed for eternal salvation//
Trump’s launching of an overtly racist attack on four Democratic Congresswomen by calling on them to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” has inflamed the issue of how Christians should treat Donald Trump. The matter arose on day one of Trump’s presidential bid, and became more and more acute as he became increasingly wedded to a racist, nativist, xenophobic, misogynist, white nationalist agenda.
Three recent articles lay out the debate:
During America’s ‘most segregated hour,’ preachers grapple with President Trump’s politics
For Spewing Hate, Trump Should Quit, a Priest Tells Parishioners
In a recent sermon, the Rev. Percival D’Silva, an officially retired priest, spoke of how the “current occupant of the White House spews hatred, bigotry and intolerance” and must resign…attendees at the service said D’Silva also:
- Talked about how racism is a sin and referred to the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Racism of 1979, which called upon the church at every level to confront the evil of racism and work toward full inclusion of racial and ethnic groups
- Stressed the need to “respect one another as children of God”
- Talked of racism as being rooted in fear
The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity
“Support for Trump comes at a high cost for Christian witness.”
By Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.
- “…evangelical Christians should acknowledge the profound damage that’s being done to their movement by its braided political relationship—its love affair, to bring us back to the words of Ralph Reed—with a president who is an ethical and moral wreck.”
- “Until that is undone—until followers of Jesus are once again willing to speak truth to power rather than act like court pastors—the crisis in American Christianity will only deepen, its public testimony only dim, its effort to be a healing agent in a broken world only weaken.”
- “At this point, I can’t help but wonder whether that really matters to many of Donald Trump’s besotted evangelical supporters.”
Segregationists, Now Trump: Christian Tolerance of Evil Repeats Itself
For many Americans, the question of Christian relations with Trump evokes memories of the passivity of Christian churches as African Americans in the 1960s waged their struggle to end segregation and gain the full measure of the Civil Rights due them as Americans. I had thought that long ago we had settled the question of who was right and who was wrong in that struggle. Most southern Christian leaders either supported segregation outright or tolerated it by their silence.
Christian pulpits on Sunday remained silent as blacks endured violence, beatings, killings, bombings, attacks by police dogs and water hoses, and intimidation of all sorts. One photograph riveted in my memory shows Christian adults spitting in the faces of black school children as they walked to a recently desegregated school. It took incidents like the bombing of the church in Birmingham that killed four young black girls and the horrific beatings inflicted on innocent demonstrators on the bridge in Selma to finally move some Christians to point an accusatory finger—but Christian churches never experienced an epiphany that caused them to repudiate segregation and discrimination outright.
The idea that most pastors, reverends, and preachers did not take a strong stand in favor of those fighting for basic human rights will forever remain a stunning rebuke of those so-called Christians.
Finally, the outrage of Americans nationwide put an end to legal segregation and shunted the racists off to the fringes of American society. But now comes Donald Trump and his Republican minions who are working zealously to revive and nurture the racist mentalities and attitudes that we thought had been permanently placed on the dustbin of history.
Christians Rally behind Trump’s Decadence and Degeneracy
Trump’s Disregard for God’s 10 Commandments
Once more, Christians not only rise in support of policies that drive a dagger into the heart of the Judaeo-Christian ethos; like the deluded segregationists of old, they fervently declare that those policies represent the true spirit of Jesus Christ.
The deluded brains of people who call themselves Christians but support Donald Trump staggers the human mind. Two of God’s Commandments are explicit: thou shalt not bear false witness and thou shalt not commit adultery. Donald Trump has lived a life in wanton disregard of both of those Commandments. He started his political career by telling the whopping Big Lie that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. He has made over 10,000 false or misleading statements since becoming president.
Trump not only has committed serial adultery, he has bragged about it and paid hush money to at least two adulterous partners to cover it up—and lied to the American people about doing it.
Trump’s Disregard for Jesus’ Golden Rule
Trump has waged an all-out war against Jesus’ Golden Rule. Name one Trump tweet that reflects the spirit of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Instead, his words every day are full of hate, slander, insults, and invective. Show us Jesus in mocking a handicapped person, praising neo-Nazi demonstrators, or calling women bimbos, fat, ugly, a dog, or Miss Piggy.
Besides lying about Obama’s birthplace in his announcement speech, Trump lied about the alleged criminality of Mexican immigrants and demeaned the military service of John McCain. During the campaign, he spoke racial and ethnic slurs and incited his followers to violence. As president, he has zealously promoted an agenda of racism, nativism, xenophobia, and white nationalism. He reached a new low early on by praising neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville in 2017.
His standard campaign speech in 2018 expressed unvarnished hate-mongering and race-baiting. He labeled Hispanic migrants as animals. As Americans united in paying homage to John McCain on his death, Trump insulted his memory by raising the White House flag even as the memorial services continued. Meanness and pettiness combined.
Trump Doubles Down on Racism—and Christians Applaud
Trump has now adopted a campaign strategy based on explicit racism, nativism, and xenophobia. He speaks about the four congresswomen—and Hispanic migrants—the way Hitler talked about the Jews.
Trump wages a daily war against God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’s Golden Rule—and so-called Christians praise him instead of condemning him? “Christian” preachers cannot denounce this hate-spewing person from their pulpits?
Our Christian denominations were already experiencing serious decline. The current crop of befuddled Christian leaders are sounding Christianity’s death knell.
The silence of our religious leaders in the face of the Nazi-like horrors being inflicted on imprisoned Hispanics is another nail in the coffin of organized religion. A big nail. You do have to ask: have the Antichrist already seized control of the Catholic, Mormon, Baptist, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian churches?
READ MORE (From our archives):
Republicans Mimic the Segregationists and Unleash the Wolves of Hate
“When the wolves of hate are loosed on one people, then no one is safe.”
–Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill, recognizing the broader truth behind the bombing of the Jewish Temple in Atlanta in 1958.
IndieDems Comment: President Donald Trump’s speeches during the final weeks of the 2018 midterm elections established an irrefutable fact: Trump and his Republican followers are overtly committed to a racist, xenophobic, misogynist, nativist, ethno-nationalist agenda, and will use lies, fearmongering, race-baiting, and demagoguery to advance that agenda.
The Bible and Immigrants
There are about 22 Bible passages about welcoming immigrants. A sample:
Exodus 22:21 “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.”
Exodus 23:9 “You shall not oppress an alien, for you know the heart of an alien, seeing you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”
Leviticus 19:33-34 “‘When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.”
And so-called Christian reverends, pastors, preachers, priests, bishops, archbishops, cannot find reason to denounce gthe immigrant-bashing Trump from their pulpits? And putative ordinary “Christians” not only cannot condemn Trump—they worship him like the second coming of Der Fuhrer?