White Trump Christians Believe He Will Force Radical Conservatism on Americans (And Bring About End Times)

Right-wing Evangelical Christians follow Donald Trump, in part, to usher in end-times eschatology. The Republican base believes Trump resembles them: a white supremacist. Influential right-wing Christian personalities like Franklin Graham, snake Jerry Falwell Jr., have corrupted Christianity – turning it into a weapon against the powerless; attracting the racist, white Christians, who themselves face poverty. Right-wing religious leaders shakedown their impoverished congregants for money. And, it works well, white, racist evangelical Christians give money hand-over-fist to these fraudsters, who want people to believe the rapture is around the corner. The rapture is a relatively new theological idea, but that’s not the focus of this post.

(Via Newsweek)

Why mention, specifically, white evangelicals, you ask. The religious-right has targeted racially anxious people for decades; the patriotic Christian movement, the anti-abortion movement, which started in the 60s after their attempt to keep school segregation became too much for suburban white women; they tested gay marriage, abortion and put their finger on the pulse of the purported “gay agenda.” Now, it’s “late-term abortion.” The right-wing is lying about abortion and claiming Democrats want to kill babies until birth. For the record, that’s untrue. Abortion doesn’t work like that. Late-term abortions are illegal — the life of the mother is an exception.

The concerns over the term have increased with big-name evangelical Christian support of Donald Trump. Are right-wing words useful? What does it make the world, fellow citizens think about Christians? The politics of the Religious Right has become a thorn in the side of the average believer. Those who identify as Christians but want breathing room between right-wing political activism in the name of Christianity.

Mostly, the white conservative Christians focus on a few cultural issues, that I do not support in the political sense. Namely, opposing gay marriage; working to end abortion; defending gun rights; supporting ‘school choice’ which is nothing more than self-segregation; far-right religious extremism. Forcing the idea that America is a “Christian Nation” and promoting Christian Nationalism. Which is a way for the Religious Right to maintain we must support a specific interpretation of a particular strain of Christianity. That’s not religious freedom. That’s fascism.

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Evangelicalism has become synonymous with white Christians, which leaves people of color out of the fold. Christianity isn’t a white or black religion. Therefore, words that suggest otherwise are, indeed, counterproductive. It’s not about political correctness; it’s about seeing each other as equal.

Christianity is about following Jesus; you need not use the term evangelical for affirming that position. Some Christians refer to themselves as evangelical, orthodox, red-letter Christian or progressive-Christian. All have the same core-principles; a relationship with Jesus Christ. However, the approach to following Christ and serving people varies.  Christianity at its core is Jesus Christ, not the Republican Party.

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