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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday mornin' coming down

One of the worst political trends today is the fact that many people of faith have allowed themselves to get in bed politically with a moral degenerate with no faith, religion or real ideology except an excessive love for himself, Donald Trump. A man who lies with impunity. White evangelical Christians have been co-opted and are now practically synonymous with a GOP that has framed many important issues of our time like we are in a national religious war or crusade.

There was an interesting article at Huff Po yesterday; White Evangelicals Aren’t As Worried About COVID-19 As Other Faith Groups: Study. The last two paragraphs sort of put it all in a nutshell:
“Rank-and-file Republicans, who have largely been taking their cues from President Trump and other Republican elected officials, are generally less concerned about engaging in a variety of social activities and less likely to believe the pandemic poses a major threat to their families,” he said. “If Trump and other GOP officials continue to say everything is fine, then I would not expect major shifts in attitudes among evangelicals,” he added.
I wonder about the reasons for the attitude in the last sentence, this rather blind and unquestioning obeisance which might prove to be quite physically damaging to them in this crisis? And I think the late Carl Jung probably would have the best explanation, that those more apt to follow the strong father archetype are most willing to submit to authority without regards to reason or the potential personal costs.

Sheep, you got the wrong shepherd this time, I hate to tell you.


Roy Jhciacb Cohen said...

Thanks for the article. I’m to the point now where I genuinely believe if one calls himself a Christian, he can’t reasonably call himself a Republican.

Kerr A. Lott said...

I genuinely believe that if one is religious, one is prioritizing tradition over logic. And these days conservative Republicans do the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Well, the Fundies & Evangellies are fighting a war against the liberal pagans. Very paranoid groups, that feel their very survival is at stake. Willing to use politics and politicians that are polar opposite to their beliefs, as long as their cause is furthered. Very hypocritical, in my humble opinion. And the more they are challenged, the deeper they dig in. They're not going away, and they are not interested in opposing viewpoints.


aferda said...

I am a Christian and a conservative. I also consider myself a Republican. I recently published a post on Facebook where I called on all moral and ethical conservatives to vote against Trump and all of his enablers in Congress. Someone asked whether this isn't like crashing the plane because you don't like the pilot? I responded that it is like shooting down the airliner that was taken over by hijackers, before it crashes into the World Trade Center ... AGAIN! I want to get my party back from these populist hatemongers! That is why I support rvat.org, lincolnproject.us, ruleoflawrepublicans.com, defendingdemocracytogether.org, becomingamericaninitiative.org and standwithallies.com.

I am terribly saddened by anyone who calls themselves a follower of Christ who chooses to support this president and his stooges. The argument that he is the lesser evil should by now be proven to be false beyond any doubt.

Blue Heron said...

Wow, Alex. I applaud you. That is wonderful.