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Letter: Evangelicals have lost moral authority

Don Anderson re the evangelical church

Published on December 13, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 15, 2017 9:51AM

For years the evangelical church has held itself up to be America’s conscience. Despite their various problems, the evangelicals saw (and still see) themselves as carrying the torch of morality by having a “biblical” view of humanity. Their demigod, Ronald Reagan, even wrote a book, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,” which trotted out right-wing-Christian morality with scant view to science, compassion or the constitution. Sound familiar?

Many Christians, like myself, have decided to leave evangelicalism as it became apparent that the church, for whatever reason, embraced Donald Trump. As soon as evangelicalism did that, it lost any pretense to moral authority, and men like Jerry Falwell Jr., James Dobson and Franklin Graham bound themselves in a phantasmagorical deal with the devil, espousing misogyny, racism, guns, conspiracy theory, pseudo-science and self-deception. By the way, the “devil” in this deal, in case you were wondering, is President Donald Trump. The actual devil, if there is one, is laughing his pointy red head off.

The church has often been knocked for being hypocritical, and that is understandable, because the church is made up of real people. But now, the evangelical church has made it a special point to act in opposition to the values of Jesus Christ.

If Jesus was walking the earth today, how would he treat the refugees? How would he feel about a judge and would-be senator who sexually assaulted teenagers? Jesus said that if anyone leads a child astray, it would be better for that person to drown himself. Hmmm.

True Christian values are found in the person of Jesus Christ, a man of compassion, joy and self-sacrifice. Until the evangelical church rediscovers this, it deserves to be abandoned.

Don Anderson



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