Saturday, August 31, 2019

A Very Odd Blessing

Earlier this year, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Amanda Tyler very quaintly remarked

Christians should beware of a political use of the word "savior," which goes to the very heart of our faith. This particular statement is a gross expression of Christian nationalism, which I define as equating Christian and American identities.  People of faith know that God is much larger than any one candidate, party, election or country.

By that old-fashioned notion, there aren't many people of faith (at least among whites) left.  It appears she was responding to Donald Trump's campaign manager:
We've learned recently how thoroughly self-serving Parscale's claim of divinity for Donald Trump is.  On Friday, ABC News reported

A digital data firm connected to President Donald Trump’s campaign manager has received more than $900,000 in business from a pro-Trump super PAC, a low profile financial entanglement that could renew questions from critics about whether the senior advisor, Brad Parscale, found discreet ways to profit from his work for the president.

Parscale told ABC News that the contractor, called Red State Data and Digital, LLC, was not a secret and that the firm complied completely with election laws and was primarily working to support congressional candidates during the 2018 midterms.

“Complaints about Red State are simply another attempt to smear President Trump by attacking those who work for him,” Parscale said.

Just last week, the Trump campaign objected angrily to a tabloid news report indicating Parscale was using the spoils of his political work to purchase millions of dollars in real estate and luxury cars. The campaign said Parscale’s wealth began to accrue from work that predated the launch of Trump’s 2016 presidential bid.

Obviously, President Trump is smeared repeatedly by his own words and behavior. But Christianity is also being smeared, by Trump himself and periodically by people such as Parscale who are associated with him.

Jesus reportedly stated "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." However, if Christian leaders do not accept responsibility that Tyler has to speak out against Brad Parscale, Donald Trump, Franklin Graham (who vehemently condemned President Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky) and other poseurs, there will be ever fewer people interested in reading any words of Jesus.

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