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The hashtag #ChristiansAgainstTrump is trending on Twitter right now, as it should be. For those Christians who actually believe in the liberal teachings of Jesus Christ laid out in the New Testament, someone like Donald Trump is almost literally the devil. Evangelicals – at least the ones on the political right – do not subscribe to Christ’s teachings in any way, and instead have made up their own greedy conservative version of Christ.


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I am a Christian, but believe that everyone has a human right to worship in their own way. In other words, I have never been against someone religion. So now I am asking every Christian, "What the hell took you so long?" Why now? Where were you when, children were torn from their parents? You have to deal with this new found "lightbulb thought," with your maker! This is a shame on your Christian beliefs! Let's get back to our Christian ways. Love and caring for anyone who needs our help.
https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/christians-against-trump-turns-out-donald-trump-really-does-have-an-evangelical-problem/23864/

Agelbert NOTE: The following article is over a year and a half old, but as relevant today, if not more so, as it was then. The 2018 elections, seven months later, evidenced the accuracy of the article conclusions. Considering the nascent 🕊 #ChristiansAgainstTrump movement, which includes many 2016 Christian voters for Trump who will certainly not vote for Trump in 2020, the 2020 election results for Trump, and all the other Republican ANTI-Christian politicians supporting him, may very well be a MASSIVE LOSS.



Trump and the Death of Evangelicalism

Posted Apr 9, 2018 / by Lloyd Rang in Christ@Culture

SNIPPET:

The Republican political strategist and media consultant Rick Wilson coined the phrase: “Everything Donald Trump touches, dies.” Considering his six bankruptcies, his failed attempt to sell steak, his bankrupt casino, his marriages, his joke of a university and the steady stream of employees who have left the White House with their careers in ruins, the description seems appropriate.

So – in hindsight – when a man with the touch of death embraced American Evangelicals, perhaps they should have been a bit more cautious. Instead, they embraced him, too – and it hasn’t gone particularly well for either of them. ...


... Whatever the cause may be, the effect is clear. By turning a blind eye to Trump’s immorality, bullying, philandering, racism, lying, cheating and vulgarity – and declaring him, as James Dobson did, a “baby Christian,” American evangelicals are starting to draw the ire of their fellow Americans. “Evangelical” in many circles has grown so synonymous with “hypocrite” that some organizations are beginning to abandon the name.

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http://www.christiancourier.ca/columns-op-ed/entry/trump-and-the-death-of-evangelicalism


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Billy Graham’s grandkids come out swinging at Donald Trump

Bill Palmer | 12:01 pm EST December 21, 2019
Palmer Report » Analysis

On Thursday, leading evangelical publication Christianity Today – originally founded by the late Billy Graham – published an op-ed calling for Donald Trump to be removed from office on moral grounds. On Friday, Trump erupted with anger at the publication, falsely accusing it of being a liberal outlet, and getting its name wrong. Billy Graham’s son 😈 Franklin Graham then attacked Christianity Today, and made the dubious claim that Billy Graham voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

But now two of Billy Graham’s family members are praising Christianity Today for standing up to Donald Trump. Graham’s granddaughter Jerushah Duford appeared on CNN and said this: “My grandfather always said courage is contagious. My hope is that an article like this will be a first step for people to actually stand up.”

Billy Graham’s grandson Boz Tchividjian said this: “A heavy hearted bravo to CT! Well said on so many levels. I believe my grandfather would have had a similar perspective. Thank you.”

Meanwhile Donald Trump is foundering in his attempts at addressing the controversy. In a Twitter meltdown he appeared to accuse Christianity Today () of being run by socialists or communists. He also inexplicably referred to the publication as “ET” – setting off endless memes about Entertainment Tonight and ET the Extra Terrestrial.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/billy-graham-grandkids-come-out-swinging-at-donald-trump/23886/
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Billy Graham’s grandkids come out swinging at Donald Trump


Saw this yesterday. Apparently adherence to Christian ethics skips a generation in then Graham clan.

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Saw this yesterday. Apparently adherence to Christian ethics skips a generation in then Graham clan.

There are real Christians who have always known the score about the Trumpers who claim to be "Christians". This latest article from Christianity Today makes it clear to the Fake Christian Trump Cult that they are not going to back down an INCH from the correct Christian condemnation of ANTI-Christian 🦀 Trump and his pack of 😈 greedy, racist followers.

Real Christians are often accused of having a "rigid" personality because they will not back down when they make the claim that the gross immorality of a politician makes said politician unfit for office. Christians are called "hypocrites" for taking this position, as Christianity Today did in regard to Clinton, and now is doing, with still greater Christian Faith based justification, with Fascist Demagogue Donald J. Trump. I call it having a Christian moral compass, otherwise known as a spine.

Our  so-called "magical" God is far more REAL than the "situational ethics" (SEE: "dial your own moral reality", "If it feels good do it", "more is better, no matter who you take advantage of to get yours") crowd polluting BOTH mainstream political parties and most of what passes for reason based intellectual discourse in American universties.

God reveals, to anyone willing to humble themselves and listen (an 'examined life' basic tenet - see Cornel West video after article - of Christianity that, thanks to the methodical U.S. Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity from kindergarten on up, most hubris and pride filled Americans reject as "Un-American"), what is sine qua non behavior for a Christian.

While it is possible to live an examined life and not be a Christian, it is impossible to be a Christian and not lead an examined life.

You cannot honestly call yourself a Christian if you do not lead an examined life. Trump and his evil supporters eschew the examined life with every fiber of their money worshipping being.

This is not hard to figure out. I celebrate this renewed clarity of what is Christian morality and how, exactly, the Trump Administration is the destructivly evil antithesis of Christian morality by Christianity Today. I'm looking forward to an article condemning the Pence fake Christian Trump lackey as ALSO unfit for public office.

In the name of Jesus Christ, GO GET EM'!

 
 

EDITORIAL

The Flag in the Whirlwind: An Update from CT’s President

Why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump, and why the conversation must continue.

By TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE

DECEMBER 22, 2019


Reader responses to Mark Galli’s recent editorial have spanned the spectrum. We have received countless notes of encouragement from 🕊 readers who were profoundly moved.They no longer feel alone. They have hope ✨ again. Many have told us of reading the editorial with tears in their eyes, sharing it with children who have wandered from the faith, rejoicing that at last 🕊 someone was articulating what they felt in their hearts. They felt this was a watershed moment in the history of the American church—or they hoped it would prove to be. Stay strong, they told us, knowing we were about to reap the whirlwind.

On the other hand, we have heard from many readers who felt incensed and insulted . These readers felt the editorial engaged in character assassination, or maligned a broad swath of our fellow evangelicals, or revealed that we prefer the Democrats to a  President 😇 who has done a lot of good for causes we all care about. 


Of course, we appreciate the support and listen humbly to the criticisms. But at the end of the day, we write for a readership of One. God is our Tower. Let the whirlwind come.

President Donald Trump would have you believe we are “far left.” Others have said we are not Bible-believing Christians. Neither is true. Christianity Today is theologically conservative. We are pro-life and pro-family. We are firm supporters of religious liberties and economic opportunity for men and women to exercise their gifts and create value in the world. We believe in the authority of Scripture.

We are also a global ministry. We travel the world and see the breadth and depth of what God is doing through his people all around the planet. It is beautiful, and breathtaking, and immense. The global Body of Christ—and the community of evangelicals—is vastly larger than our domestic political squabbles. But partly on behalf of that global body, we can no longer stay silent.

American evangelicals have always been a loose coalition of tribes. We have fought one another as often as we have fought together. We at Christianity Today believe we need to relearn the art of balancing two things: having a firm opinion and inviting free discussion. We need, in other words, both a flag and a table.

First, then, the flag. Numerous reporters have asked whether the ministry supports what was stated in the editorial. Was Mark Galli speaking on behalf of the institution? CT does not have an editorial board. Editors publish under their own names. Yet Galli has stood in the trenches for men and women of faith for over three decades. He has been an outstanding editor in chief. While he does not speak for everyone in the ministry—our board and our staff hold a range of opinions—he carries the editorial voice of the magazine. We support CT’s editorial independence and believe it’s vital to our mission for the editor in chief to speak out on the issues of the day.

As an institution, Christianity Today has no interest in partisan politics. It does not endorse candidates. We aim to bring biblical wisdom and beautiful storytelling both to the church and from the church to the world. Politics matter, but they do not bring the dead back to life. We are far more committed to the glory of God, the witness of the church, and the life of the world than we care about the fortunes of any party. Political parties come and go, but the witness of the church is the hope of the world, and the integrity of that witness is paramount.

Out of love for Jesus and his church, not for political partisanship or intellectual elitism, this is why we feel compelled to say that the alliance of American evangelicalism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness. It has alienated many of our children and grandchildren. It has harmed African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American brothers and sisters. 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.

Galli’s editorial focused on the impeachment, but it was clear the issues are deeper and broader. Reasonable people can differ when it comes to the flagrantly partisan impeachment process. But this is not merely about impeachment, or even merely about President Trump. He is not the sickness. He is a symptom of a sickness that began before him, which is the hyper-politicization of the American church. This is a danger for all of us, wherever we fall on the political spectrum. Jesus said we should give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. With profound love and respect, we ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to consider whether they have given to Caesar what belongs only to God: their unconditional loyalty.

Let me protect against two misunderstandings. The problem is not that we as evangelicals are associated with the Trump administration’s judicial appointments or its advocacy of life, family, and religious liberty. We are happy to celebrate the positive things the administration has accomplished. The problem is that we as evangelicals are also associated with President Trump’s rampant immorality, greed, and corruption; his divisiveness and race-baiting; his cruelty and hostility to immigrants and refugees; and more.In other words, the problem is the wholeheartedness of the embrace.  It is one thing to praise his accomplishments; it is another to excuse and deny his obvious misuses of power.

Similarly, this is neither a criticism of the evangelical Trump voter nor an endorsement of the Democrats. The 2016 election confronted evangelical voters with an impossible dilemma: Vote for a pro-choice candidate whose policies would advance so much of what we oppose, or vote for an extravagantly immoral candidate who could well damage the standing of the republic and the witness of the church. Countless men and women we hold in the highest regard voted for President Trump, some wholeheartedly and some reluctantly.

Friends we love and respect have also counseled and worked within the Trump administration. We believe they are doing their best to serve wisely in a fallen world.

We nevertheless believe the evangelical alliance with this presidency has done damage to our witness here and abroad. The cost has been too high. American evangelicalism is not a Republican PAC. We are a diverse movement that should collaborate with political parties when prudent but always standing apart, at a prophetic distance, to be what Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the conscience of the state.” That is what we believe. This is where we plant our flag. We know we are not alone.

Now, to the table. A table is a place of welcome, a place where bread is broken and friendships are forged. In a political landscape dominated by polarization, hostility, and misunderstanding, we believe it’s critical for Christians to model how to have a firm opinion and host free discussion at the same time. Evangelicals of different stripes cannot continue to shout one another down, bully those who disagree, or exclude one another and refuse to listen.

We hold fast to our view that the wholehearted evangelical embrace of Trump has been enormously costly—but we are committed to irenic conversation with men and women of good faith who believe otherwise. (And since an open letter was published even as we were preparing to publish this statement, let me simply say that I appreciate the thoughts it expresses, and I hope this statement too can be the beginning of a dialogue.)

In the words of Proverbs 27:6, “faithful are the wounds of a friend” (ESV). Deeply aware of our own sinfulness and limitations, we are going to invite supporters and critics alike to produce essays agreeing or disagreeing with our stated views. It is time for evangelicals to have a serious discussion about how our identity as Christians shapes our activity as citizens. We will invite authors who represent a variety of viewpoints in a thoughtful and charitable manner. We will publish those essays in mid-January. We hope we can come together in convicted humility and learn from one another.

Now it is time for Christmas. Christ is still the light that shines upon a people living in darkness. We look forward to resuming the conversation soon.

The flag is planted. The table is set. We invite you to join us at either one.

Timothy Dalrymple is president and CEO of Christianity Today.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-evangelicals-editorial-christianity-today-president.html


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Desperate workers have been leaving notes inside of holiday cards, jacket pockets, and purses for years, begging for Western shoppers to send help
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Those workers in slave labor thankless jobs making clothing, who are putting pleas for help notes in shirt, jacket and pants pockets, says it all about how most humans, many who call themselves "Christians", in the egotistical greed based consumer world, that will read the notes, clutch their pearls or wallets, and continue to buy the clothing, have totally rejected the real meaning of Christmas. My decision a couple of decades ago to stop buying clothes as much as possible was based on frugality. I didn't know how bad things were, and ARE more than ever now, for those making the clothes, though I should have. I urge all people of conscience to STOP consuming slave labor made ANYTHING , not just clothing.

That Intelligencer article about the GOP evil bastard and the pseudo-Christian Crazies (i.e. the Oath Keepers) trying to gin up a "Bible based" Civil War underlines the bizarro level of heinous Bullshit that has been unleashed by those who seek to punish anyone calling themsleves a Christian who call Trump and his supporters out for being ANTI-Christian. There is a war going on all right, but it is a spiritual war.

The pseudo-Christian Trump worshippers are on the wrong side of it. That is what why they want a thoroughly UN-Biblical physical Civil War. This article shows that those with Christian courage will not buckle under the Trumper pseudo-Christian assault now taking place in Christian publications that expose Trump's ANTI-Christian behavior and cruel polices:

Intelligencer

12/24/2019

The controversy over Christianity Today’s pro-impeachment stance is spreading to other publications

Journalist Napp Nazworth , who has worked for the Christian Post website since 2011, said he quit his job Monday because the website was planning to publish a pro-Trump editorial that would slam Christianity Today. Nazworth, who sits on the editorial board as politics editor, said the website has sought to represent both sides and published both pro- and anti-Trump stories.

“I never got the gist they were gung-ho Trumpian types,” Nazworth said. “Everything has escalated with the Christianity Today editorial.”

Nazworth, who has been critical of Trump and suggested leaders who supported him have “traded their moral authority,” said he doesn’t know what he will do next.

“I said, if you post this, you’re saying, you’re now on team Trump,” he said. He said he was told that’s what the news outlet wanted to do.

“I’m just shocked that they would go this path,” he said, adding that even though he felt “forced” to make the decision to quit, the parting was a mutual agreement between him and the outlet.



Like the first Christmas, when Herod was busy hunting the newborn child to kill him, no matter how many children up to the age of two he had to kill to get the 👹 job done, these are perilous times. Good will eventually prevail, but many will die until it does.


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This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. -- 2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV)

President Donald Trump meets with a group of evangelical leaders in the Oval Office on Monday Dec. 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. He was presented with the "Friends of Zion Award." | (Photo: White House)

Evangelicals trade moral authority for political gain in defending Trump

By Napp Nazworth , Christian Post Reporter| Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Evangelicals who rationalize Donald Trump's misbehavior are sacrificing their moral authority at the altar of politics.

Before the election, I warned my fellow evangelicals to not vote for Trump, that associating with a person of Trump's character would damage us.

"But a revival won't be jumpstarted by voting for Trump, a person whose values are antithetical to all the Church holds dear," I wrote at the time. "If anything, backing Trump will only stunt the growth of the Church in America."

Now, two years into the Trump presidency, I'm sad to report I was correct.

Polling data shows that most white evangelicals have been influenced more by Trump's race-baiting and anti-immigrant rhetoric than the Bible. An October 2017 PRRI survey found that 61 percent of white evangelicals supported Trump's temporary ban on immigration from majority-Muslim countries. A July 2018 PRRI survey found that about half, 52 percent, of white evangelicals decried the trend of America becoming increasingly non-white.

Amid sexual misconduct scandals, Americans are rethinking the wisdom of the sexual revolution and its "anything goes as long as there is consent" sexual ethic. What a wonderful opportunity to point out what conservative Christians have been saying all along — sex is a spiritual act and should be saved for the covenantal devotion of marriage. Instead, many of us are supporting a misogynist who bragged about assaulting women, and paid hush money to a p o r n star and a Playboy bunny. Why should anyone trust us?

One common argument is that, despite all the problems with backing Trump, the alliance will ultimately be fruitful because it will lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This is a powerful argument for pro-lifers, who've worked long and hard to put an end to legalized abortion. Personal sacrifices are certainly worthwhile to stop the death of unborn babies. No one should believe protecting their public persona is more important than this.

But backing Trump won't end abortion. Just the opposite. In aligning with Trump, pro-lifers are only extending the time that will ultimately be required to end abortion because they're losing their moral authority to speak on this issue.

If you use double standards, you are harming your ability to convince others. The reasoning of hypocrites isn't trusted.

Suppose that through Trump's judicial appointments, the Supreme Court achieves a majority willing to overturn Roe. (The odds of this happening appear good after the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh.) Most likely, the Court will not ban abortion nationwide, but return to allowing each state to decide its abortion laws. This means the fight to end abortion will not be over with the overturning of Roe. We would still need to convince the public and state governments that abortion should be illegal.

At its core, the fight for the life of the unborn has always been more about persuasion than legal victories. Foremost, we pro-lifers should be working to convince the public that abortion is wrong, a fetus is a human who should have a chance at life, and there is no such thing as an unwanted baby. While ending Roe would be an important step toward making abortion illegal, doing so while diminishing our moral authority puts us one step forward but two steps back from convincing pregnant moms in crisis to not seek an abortion, and the public that abortion should be illegal.

On another issue that evangelicals care deeply about — Christian persecution — Trump's evangelical supporters have failed to successfully use their access to the president. Trump drastically cut back on the number of refugees able to seek asylum in the U.S. We should try to help all refugees, but notably, many of those for whom Trump is denying aid are our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Evangelicals urged Trump not to do this, but he did it anyway. So, what have evangelical Trump supporters gained with their access to the president? Have they been swindled by a con artist?

Before Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson became a Christian, he was a ruthless political operative who helped Richard Nixon devise his "Silent Majority" strategy. In his 1987 book, Kingdoms in Conflict, he described how he helped Nixon build this silent majority coalition, which included Southern evangelicals.

Colson would bring various leaders to the White House to enthrall them with the mystique of political power. He wrote,

"First, they [evangelical leaders] dined with me in the executive dining room located in the basement of the West Wing. I would escort my guests past saluting guards, down a long corridor lined with dramatic photographs of the president in action, then pause at the door to the dining room, pointing to another door to the right. 'That's the situation room,' I'd say in hushed tones. They all knew of the legendary super-secret national-security nerve center. The very words conjured up images of map-covered walls, whirring computers, and a bevy of generals studying the movements of Soviet aircraft. (Actually, it was then nothing more than a large crowded office with some communications equipment and old charts on the wall ….)"

The ruse worked most of the time, Colson wrote, but those who "needed more prodding" were taken to the Oval Office, perhaps even to meet the president himself.

"Invariably, the lions of the waiting room became the lambs of the Oval Office," Colson recalled.

The only exception, he said, were labor leaders. Pageantry didn't impress blue collar representatives. Christian leaders, on the other hand, were the most easily duped.

In a paragraph that every evangelical leader should heed in the age of Trump, Colson added,

"Ironically, none were more compliant than the religious leaders. Of all people, they should have been the most aware of the sinful nature of man and the least overwhelmed by pomp and protocol. But theological knowledge sometimes wilts in the face of worldly power."

Evangelical Trump-supporting leaders are making the same mistake today, thinking that this time is different, that they are different, that they can play with fire and not get burned. They are wrong.

Colson also recalled how he and Nixon won the support of one particular Christian leader they thought they needed to win certain Northeastern and Midwestern states in the 1972 election. The leader was invited to a private dinner with Nixon on the presidential yacht. In Colson's view, he was an honorable person, and to his credit was able to extract some promises from Nixon during their conversation. Yet, Colson concluded, "even such a wise, honorable, and religious person could not help but be impressed by the trappings of power."

Trump uses some of the same techniques with his Evangelical Advisory Council that Colson and Nixon used on religious leaders of their time.

At one of the White House dinners for these leaders, 😈 Trump gave them an unplanned (or was it?) guided tour of the second floor (the private residence area) of the White House. Many of these leaders expressed their enthusiasm for the personal attention they were given by a sitting president. They "were reduced to being like children," Pastor Greg Laurie said about the experience. At other times, cell phone cameras have documented these pastors' presence with Trump in the Oval Office.


They tout their access to the president. The mystique of political power trickles down. "My pastor has access to the president," congregants can then say.

In an August 26, 2017 interview with Vox, Terry Heaton, a former producer of Pat Robertson's TV show, "The 700 Club," talked about Robertson's relationship with Trump. The description is remarkably similar to how Colson described Nixon's relationship with Christian leaders of his day.

When asked about Robertson's relationship to Trump, Heaton said,

"I think that’s very, very scary. As smart as Pat Robertson is, and as good as he is at marketing, he is also highly susceptible to his own hype. In that way, Trump plays him like a piano. If you watch his most recent interview, some of the things that Trump says to Pat are really way out there in terms of manipulating Pat. He builds him up like a salesman would, and Pat is susceptible to that, I think. But he wouldn’t be susceptible if Trump didn’t speak the language that Pat wants."

For reasons I've laid out above, I don't think evangelical leaders should align themselves with Trump or participate in his evangelical advisory board. But I recognize the decision would be difficult if offered a position, and some good can be accomplished on the Board, if they are willing to exert their influence.

For those who have chosen to be on the board, I offer this advice:

1) Don't participate in public events, such as signing ceremonies.

2) Stop snapping photos with Trump, especially during a prayer, and sharing them on social media.
 
3) You don't have to share what you say to him privately, but don't feel obligated to defend him publicly.

4) Criticize him publicly when he does something wrong.


Evangelical Trump supporters will continue to face a choice between God's values and Trump's values. Will they face the fiery furnace? Are they prepared to be thrown to the lions? Unlike Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they wouldn't face the death penalty for opposing their political leader, but they do face a loss of moral authority for supporting him. Will they have the courage to publicly oppose Trump when he offends God's values? All evangelicals, not just those close to Trump, must ask themselves this question in the age of Trump.

Adapted from the author's book in progress.

The Christian Post published a response to this op-ed by Michael Brown on Thursday.


https://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelicals-trade-moral-authority-for-political-gain-in-defending-trump.html


Agelbert NOTE: Pat Robertson gets along quite well with 🦀 Trump because they are both birds of exactly the same GRIFTER CON ARTIST "feather". That goes for every single opportunistic preacher hellspawn on Trump's "Evangelical" Advisory Council.

Napp Nazworth, a Christian who walks the talk, just quit his job at the "Christian" Post because they went full pro-Trump in attacking Christianity Today's pro-impeachment stance. The Christian Post caved to evil. It is now the Pseudo-Christian Post.


The lines are being drawn between who the REAL Christians are and the lovers of themselves and this world, passing as "Christians". Make sure you are on the right side of this spiritual battle. God is NOT mocked.

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« Reply #96 on: December 26, 2019, 07:17:54 am »
Have come across the Napp Nazworth story in other media and find this interesting. Wonder how this will end up-- and if a schism in the evangelical right will open for 2020.

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Re: Napp Nazworth story
« Reply #97 on: December 26, 2019, 09:20:08 pm »
Have come across the Napp Nazworth story in other media and find this interesting. Wonder how this will end up-- and if a schism in the evangelical right will open for 2020.

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For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

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Re: Napp Nazworth story
« Reply #98 on: December 27, 2019, 08:47:29 am »
Have come across the Napp Nazworth story in other media and find this interesting. Wonder how this will end up-- and if a schism in the evangelical right will open for 2020.




‘Civil war’ among evangelicals is the last thing Trump needs
12/26/19 10:45 AM
By Steve Benen
Christianity Today, one of the nation’s leading evangelical publications, published a striking editorial last week, condemning Donald Trump’s actions in the Ukraine scandal as “profoundly immoral” and the president himself as “morally lost and confused.” It added, “The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration.”

It wasn’t long before the Republican returned fire, not by defending his actions or his principles, but by insisting he’s delivered on the evangelical community’s political goals – which in Trump’s mind, entitles him to support from evangelical publications.

But stepping back, the president wasn’t just bothered by a critical editorial; he also seemed concerned about a division among politically active Christian evangelicals, whose support he sees as a core element of his Republican base. As he heads into a re-election year, Trump expects this voting bloc to march in lock step behind him, and the Christianity Today’s editorial represented dissension the president apparently sees as dangerous.

It was against this backdrop that a rival publication, the Christian Post, published a rebuttal, accusing Christianity Today of, among other things, adopting an “elitist posture.” As the New York Times reported, this led a Christian Post editor, Napp Nazworth, to resign in protest.

In an interview on Tuesday evening, Mr. Nazworth said he wanted the publication’s politics section “to be an open space for both sides.” He said the site had worked to include voices that praised and criticized the president, and he objected to labeling the column as an editorial representing the site’s opinion.

“There was an impasse. We couldn’t find a compromise,” he said. “I said, ‘If this is what you represent, you’re announcing that The Christian Post is joining Team Trump.’”

The Post, it’s worth noting for context, did run an opinion piece from a contributor this past weekend, arguing that the Senate should convict Trump and remove him from office, because the U.S. Constitution “is more important than abortion.”

It’s all part of what the Daily Beast described as “a spiraling evangelical Christian civil war” over Trump, his misdeeds, and the proper response from the faith community.

And while it’s best not to overstate matters – polling suggests Trump’s support among evangelical Christians is much higher than among Americans in general – these divisions and public conflicts are exactly what the president’s re-election campaign hoped to avoid.

For his part, the Washington Post’s Michael Gerson wrote in his latest column, “Christians are called to be representatives of God’s kingdom in the life of this world. Betraying that role not only hurts the reputation of evangelicalism; it does a nasty disservice to the reputation of the Gospel.”

That’s almost certainly not what the White House wants to hear.

Postscript: Trump attended Christmas Eve services at an evangelical church in south Florida this week, rather than the more progressive church near Mar-a-Lago where he and First Lady Melania Trump were married. As the Palm Beach Post added, “It is unlikely that the first-couple’s absence from Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach and surprise appearance at Family Church Downtown gained or lost the president votes among either congregation.”

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