THE EVANGELICALS



THE EVANGELICAL COWARDS

TIME MAGAZINE ARTICLE BY DAVID FRENCH 

JUNE 27, 2019   French is a TIME columnist. A lawyer and senior fellow at the National Review Institute, he is a best-selling author whose next book will be The Great American Divorce.

On June 21, the writer E. Jean Carroll came forward with a vivid and disturbing claim that Donald Trump raped her in a department store in the 1990s. She is the 22nd woman to allege that Trump committed acts of sexual misconduct. These claims are more extensive and more corroborated than the accusations against Bill Clinton.

It’s worth contrasting Trump, who denied Carroll’s claim (as well as his other accusers’), with Clinton because his scandals helped spur the Southern Baptist Convention in 1998 to issue its seminal “Resolution on Moral Character of Public Officials.” That document’s key statement was ominous and unequivocal: “Tolerance of serious wrong by leaders sears the conscience of the culture, spawns unrestrained immorality and lawlessness in the society, and surely results in God’s judgment.”

The relentless drumbeat of claims against Trump–combined with the clear moral declarations of the past–have caused millions of Americans to look at their evangelical fellow citizens and ask, simply: Why? Why have you abandoned your previous commitment to political character to embrace Donald Trump?

Part of the explanation is undeniably basic partisanship and ambition. White evangelicals are largely Republican, and they’re generally going to vote for Republicans. And proximity to power has always had its attractions for religious charlatans of all stripes. But I’d suggest the real reason for the breadth and depth of evangelical support is deeper and–perversely–even more destructive to its religious witness.


THAT REASON IS FEAR

Talk to engaged evangelicals, and fear is all too often a dominant theme of their political life. The church is under siege from a hostile culture. Religious institutions are under legal attack from progressives. The left wants nuns to facilitate access to abortifacients and contraceptives, it wants Christian adoption agencies to compromise their conscience or close, and it even casts into doubt the tax exemptions of religious education institutions if they adhere to traditional Christian sexual ethics.

These issues are legally important, and there are reasons for evangelicals to be concerned. But there is no reason for evangelicals to abandon long-held principles to behave like any other political-interest group.

Instead, the evangelical church is called to be a source of light in a darkening world. It is not given the luxury of fear-based decisionmaking. Indeed, of all the groups in American life who believe they have the least to fear from American politics, Christians should top the list. The faithful should reject fear.

This is made plain to young Christians from the early days of Sunday school. There, many millions of young believers are taught the biblical verse: “For God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

But in 2016, something snapped. I saw Christian men and women whom I’ve known and respected for years respond with raw fear at the very idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency. They believed she was going to place the church in mortal danger. The Christian writer Eric Metaxas wrote that if Hillary won, America’s chance to have a “Supreme Court that values the Constitution” will be “gone.” “Not for four years, not for eight,” he said, “but forever.”

That wasn’t faith speaking. They were the words of fearful men grasping at fading influence by clinging to a man whose daily life mocks the very values that Christians seek to advance.

But why? The American evangelical church isn’t so weak that it needs Trump’s version of secular salvation. The early persecuted church would be stunned at the modern American church’s immense political strength. It has become so strong that it exercises veto power over the political prospects of any Republican nominee.

Yet the church is acting as if it needs Trump to protect it. That’s not courageous. It’s repulsive. And so long as this fear continues, expect the church’s witness to degrade further. In seeking protection from its perceived enemies, the church has lost its way.

It’s time for evangelicals to exercise their political veto power. America’s conservative people of faith should seek a primary challenger to Trump and send a message to the GOP that it will not compromise any longer. And it should do so from a position of confidence–and faith.


HAPPY NOW -  HOW RYAN SCREWED THE EVANGELICALS 

Well, April Doomsday 5 was a disaster for many Evangelicals and you have no one to blame.   Wear your MAGA hats proudly!  It was all a scam and how many of you lower and middle class really got screwed from it, other than the twenty dollars a week on the average. 

NOTE:  Please don’t cry when you find out this year you owe the IRS.  About 800.00 dollars And you will owe that money to the IRS because the trade off was you lost critical deductions.  I warned you so many times, its pathetic you are that naive and believed in a man like T-RUMP.  

The tax bill written and submitted by Paul Ryan House Speaker was Paul Ryan’s bill,  he tried to pass for all the time he was in Congress.  It got turned down many times. I believe six or seven, Its nothing but a bill that Ronald Regan passed and it failed, we had a small recession, and Bush tried it and failed horribly.  

We had a downed DOW to a 6000 point worst recession since 1929.  Screw with taxes and spend like it’s not yours and we will bankrupt.   It’s loaded for the rich at the expense of the lower and middle class and you were not included.

Do you really believe all those fake ads by PACS on TV?  Unfortunately the GOP base and Evangelicals do. They believe the fake ads when the media is used by the Russians, and financially able PAC groups paid for my the rich who benefit from the fake tax breaks.  T-RUMP paid them.  

T-RUMP paid the rich with, billions of dollars which went to the top 2% because they were for their corporations which made more profit and were supposed for profits and tax breaks to trickle it down to the employees.  Instead the big shots got raises, the shareholders got the money, and the workers got tinkled, not trickled on.

Then the second gift, the IRS breaks for the upper class and they got a double ice cream cone with sprinkles. The lower class if lucky got a cup of yogurt if they had a debit card.  It was called trickle down...

It never worked for Reagan, it was called “ Trickle down”, a failure and also never worked for Bush, so we had to change it to “ Tinkle down”.  Thats enough to p*ss a few off... especially when you were the one p*ssed on.  And Bush, not a financial genius dropped us into the worst recession we ever had besides the crash of 29.

T-RUMP gave you twenty dollars, but your kids will inherit an additional three trillion dollar deficit, double that if he gets reelected.  And a loss of respect and safety in world travel as we become the Ugly Americans all over because of him.  Loss of respect and leadership in the world, more enemies than friends, treaties and coalitions absolved and when the hostilities begin you won’t see our allies leaving their blood on the field for us anymore.  

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