A few of my pastor friends have shared their frustration and outrage with the latest antics of White Evangelicalism. At this point, I am neither surprised nor fazed by the lengths to which white people will go in order to protect white supremacy, and so I don’t usually hop on the weekly (ok, really it’s daily) outrage train. White Evangelical Christians made it clear on November 9, 2016 that their god was white supremacy, and so anything that they do is a function of that declaration.
With that said, I can’t help but be a little miffed that White Evangelicals are so invested in the narrative that Donald Trump is God’s Anointed and Appointed that they are willing to create a whole entire demonic oppression narrative to account for why the impeachment hearings are a thing.
In their eyes, it has to be the work of Satan and his minions because why else would the House be trying to impeach such a pillar of godliness and integrity?
In many ways, this reminds me of the Bible story of King Ahab in the 1 Kings 22, in . Unless you’re someone who has spent a lot of time in church or reading the Bible, you might not be familiar with this story. The short version of the story is that Ahab was an evil king who surrounded himself with 400 sycophants who claimed to be prophets of the Lord. The prophets liked to stroke Ahab’s ego and tell him what he wanted to hear, and they proph-a-lied (prophesied) to him telling him that he should go to war when God said nothing of the sort. There was one prophet, Micaiah, who told Ahab the truth, but homie wasn’t trying to hear it, and he did what he wanted to do and it didn’t go well for him.
Anyway, if I might be as bold to say that these white evangelicals like Paula White-Cain, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffries, and dozens of others are acting just like the prophetic sycophants in the Bible. Not only are they stroking not only the fragile ego of their favorite political leader, but they have also managed to convince masses of white evangelicals (and some brainwashed people of color) that Donald Trump is God’s chosen and that the nation is doing better than it ever has been under this regime. The Bible has something to say about people who declare peace when there is no peace.
Where there is no justice, there is no peace.
I find it extremely hypocritical that White Evangelicals can proclaim Donald Trump, a man of questionable moral character who claims that he doesn’t need to ask God for forgiveness (a statement that he attempted to clean up), to be God’s chosen one when they were willing to believe every lie and half-baked conspiracy theory against a man who was a professed and faithful Christian. I watched for eight years as White Evangelical Christians treated President Obama’s Christian faith with suspicion. In their minds, Obama’s very existence on the “holy ground” of the White House was an affront and a sign that Jesus was no longer in the building.
The derision with which White Evangelicals treated Obama had little, if anything, to do with Roe v. Wade, “traditional” marriage, or any of the other supposedly “Christian” reasons people opposed him. The approbation with which White Evangelicals treat President Trump has nothing to do with him being God’s Chosen One. I will talk more about just how hypocritical this is in another post.
White Evangelicals believe that Trump is God’s chosen one because they are racist. After believing that America was going to Hell in a hand basket for eight years, they needed a hero to save them. And so Donald Trump became the wind beneath their wings. He has kissed away their pain. They can cast their fears aside and they know they can survive. Even if it’s just for one term.
White Evangelicals care about protecting the interests of whiteness and maintaining white, able-bodied, cis-hetero male power. The apparent piety of their theocratic political platform is smoke screen.
They say that they care about “keeping prayer in schools” while excluding children of color from their neighborhood schools. The Christian private school and homeschool movement was built on segregationist principles and not about School Prayer or anything remotely Christ-like.
They say that they care about unborn children, but they hate social programs that would ease the burden on expectant parents in so-called “crisis pregnancies.” They oppose sexual education that would teach healthy and safer sexual practices that would prevent unwanted pregnancies.
They say that they’re pro-life, but they don’t care about the quality of life. They oppose programs that would help people in need.
They refuse to respect the rights and dignity of our queer siblings because apparently when Jesus said, “Love your neighbor,” he meant that “disagreeing with their lifestyle” was a valid reason to treat them like crap.
“Obeying the rule of law” means that it’s cool to shoot black people in the back and refuse to allow refugees into our country because of their religion and country of origin. And it’s totally cool to separate kids from their parents.
Shedding crocodile tears over “modern day slavery” (human trafficking, which is, indeed, a human rights crisis) is a noble thing, but they don’t want to say crap about the New Jim Crow.
White Evangelicalism is in love with power and they imagine they are being persecuted when they perceive that they are losing that power. The impeachment proceedings are a referendum on the power that White Evangelicals thought they had, and so now they have to spiritualize what is happening and make themselves the victims. They have to spin the corruption of the man they thought was sent to them by God to Make America Great Again into a demonic assignment that was meant to disrupt their comfortable status quo.
But woe to those who call evil good and good evil. God will not be mocked. Get right White Evangelical Church. Repent.