There’s a quote from Martin Luther King where he said, ‘The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. That just hit me hard because I think, broadly, the white evangelical community in our country has abandoned that role.
The question of the church largely and how it’s functioned in this moment has been really disturbing. That’s been troubling enough that I need to lay it all down.
It just floors me how church-going people who read the Bible and sing the hymns can show up at a (Trump) rally and just do that deep bellow like an angry mob supporting these horrible things that come out of his heart and his mind. It just began to trouble me so much that I am a pastor in this big enterprise.
Evidently, Reverend Keith Mannes was referring less specifically to members of his own congregation than to what the media likes to portray as "individuals of faith." One of these is this guy who frequently deifies President Trump:
Also without apology for inflicting lifelong trauma on thousands of children forcibly taken from their parents. https://t.co/WEAIQObrNw— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) October 18, 2020
Mike Pence, who heads the Administration's response to the novel coronavirus maintains the sanctity of human life is being upheld by the President who in a February 7, 2020 call told Bob Woodward
You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.... This is deadly stuff.
On March 19 he admitted to Woodward "I always wanted to play it down." .So six weeks later he said "I’m not looking to tell the American people when nobody really knows what’s happening yet, ‘Oh, this is going to be so tragic.’” He continually stated that it soon would be over, discouraged testing, and ostentatiously consistently appeared without a mask in public, all the better to discourage face coverings and encourage large gatherings.
In a job well done (in his mind), over 220,000 Americans have died from the disease. Yet Mike Pence, fearful of reproductive freedom for half the population, claims Donald Trump "stands without apology for the sanctity of human life."
On January 30, the anti-abortion, pro-death president stated "We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — fiv ... We think it’s going to have a very good ending for it."
With more than eight million Americans victimized by Covid-19- , there has been for Donald Trump a very good progression of the disease. Indonesia, 82% as large as the USA, has had 13,000 deaths; closer to home, Canada has 11% as many people as the USA and has suffered slightly under 10,000 deaths, But for Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus task force, President Trump, the best friend of SARS-CoV-2, possesses "a true commitment to "the sanctity of human life."