Character matters: Some people are now OK with wrong as long as they get the guy on the right

Character matters for elected officials. At least that’s what Evangelicals used to think. When your ethics change based on wanting something to be one way or another (or one person to win or not), that’s the definition of selling your soul.

It would be one thing if those individuals said, “Integrity still matters, but, man, we are stuck with two people who have integrity problems, and I am going with ________ in spite of my integrity concerns.” That would be making a hard choice while keeping your beliefs. But that’s not what happened.

This is not about Donald Trump’s character or transgressions—now or prior—but about the character and transgressions of Evangelicals who change their views to suit the moment. If you find that you have overlooked or dismissed many of the morals and values that you have held dear in the past, then it just may be that your character has been Trumped.

Source: Evangelicals: This Is What It Looks Like When You Sell Your Soul For A … | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

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The right has not sought greater fairness in mainstream institutions; it wants tribal information.

In [Rush] Limbaugh’s view, there is only zero-sum competition between tribes, the left and right. Only one’s own tribe can be trusted. Over time, the right’s base has become increasingly homogeneous and like-minded. Under a steady diet of radicalizing media and tribal epistemology, their traditionalism has hardened into tribalism. The right’s view that the institutions lean liberal is hyperbolic, but not without foundation. Science, academia, and journalism do tend to draw their personnel from left-leaning demographics. But the right has not sought greater fairness in mainstream institutions; it has defected to create its own. The right sees the game itself, its institutions and norms, as the enemy. What the right wants is not better, fairer, more scrupulous information referees. It wants tribal information. Right-wing media took an audience already inclined to traditionalism and deliberately played on its fears and anxieties, pushing it further and further into tribalism, reinforcing the shared worldview of readers and shielding them from journalism that challenge[s] it.”

Source: Donald Trump and the rise of tribal epistemology – Vox

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Idiot Wind: Stephen Strang’s “God and Donald Trump” Aims to Justify Christian Support

Unlike the alt-right, which is pretty forthright about its ideals, most high-profile Trump supporters, Christian or otherwise, are not intellectually honest. If they were, we’d see a book explaining what’s really behind all this cynical piety: that they want a white man in the White House, that they want conservative Christian values to be codified into law, that they want to hang onto their cash, and that everybody else can go to hell. Perhaps literally. — Gordon Haber

Gordon Haber writes about religion, money and culture. Follow him on Twitter @gordonhaber.

Source: Idiot Wind: Stephen Strang’s “God and Donald Trump” Aims to Justify Christian Support | Religion Dispatches

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Christian escapism is really bad theology

Christian escapism is really bad theology. If God so loves the world, then how does it makes sense that we’re trying to leave it? Rapture theology is dangerous theology because it essentially says that we aren’t stewards of creation – it’s all going to be destroyed anyway so why bother. Oh and war – no biggie, remember, all the unsaved will be killed by God and the earth will be ravaged, so why bother. Makes for great foreign policy, environmental stewardship, and more, doesn’t it? We are called to participate in the unfolding of the kingdom of God right now, here on earth. We’re called on to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick and imprisoned, to go and make disciples. If God wanted to whisk us away, then why on earth would Jesus command us to do these things?

Source: OnFaith Commentary: Christian Escapism

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All people are capable of many good and beautiful things

The religious right understand themselves to be in an epic battle against what they call “humanism,” that liberals have too positive a view of human nature. I don’t think the Bible requires us to adopt a nihilistic, anti-humanist view of human nature. Sin is very real and very imprisoning to humanity. And yet, people are capable of many good and beautiful things, even people who have never “accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and savior.” — Morgan Guyton

Morgan Guyton is director of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, which is the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. He is also a United Methodist pastor, blogger, and author of dozens of articles featured in Red Letter Christians, Huffington Post Religion, Think Christian, Ministry Matters, and others.

Source: If Donald Trump wins, I will blame toxic Christianity and here’s why

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Raw Vulnerability and Advent

In the heart of this dark season, the bareness of deciduous trees have a particularly stark invitation. Their naked branches give us a sense of our profound vulnerability. The trees, while bare, are still deeply rooted, they are still alive. Life continues right now, in the darkness. I need this waiting. I need to stay here for a while before I am ready for more light.

Source: Raw Vulnerability and Advent |

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Anti-party parties will be the death of established parties

Rather than fully aligning our movements with preexisting political categories, there is strength in poaching from across the left-right political spectrum. We must position our movements as protest parties — anti-party parties — whose ascension will be the death of established parties.

Source: Occupy and Black Lives Matter failed. We can either win wars or win elections | Micah White | Opinion | The Guardian

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Alt-Right white supremacist ideologies are anti-Christ and satanic to the core

The so-called Alt-Right white supremacist ideologies are anti-Christ and satanic to the core. We should say so.” — Russell D. Moore

Russell D. Moore is an American evangelical theologian, ethicist, and preacher. He is currently president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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A Powerful Religious Left is Emerging, But They’ll Fail Without Secular Support

“Atheists and religious progressives have far more in common than either group does with the Christian Right.” — Hemant Mehta

Source: A Powerful Religious Left is Emerging, But They’ll Fail Without Secular Support

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast.

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In Quick Reversal, Southern Baptists Denounce White Nationalists – The New York Times

“Be it resolved, that the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13–14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further resolved, that we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil intended to bring suffering and division to our society; and be it further resolved, that we acknowledge that we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our midst.” — Southern Baptist Convention

Source: In Quick Reversal, Southern Baptists Denounce White Nationalists – The New York Times

See also: On The Anti-Gospel Of Alt-Right White Supremacy

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A Resolution Against White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention – The Atlantic

“There has arisen in the United States a growing menace to political order and justice that seeks to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide our people, and foment hatred, classism, and ethnic cleansing.” — pastor Dwight McKissic of Texas

Source: A Resolution Against White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention – The Atlantic

See also:

Resolution for the 2017 SBC Annual Meeting – Condemning the Alt-Right & White Nationalism

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Greg Gianforte is what toxic Christianity looks like

“The ugliness of toxic Christianity is being laid bare for the whole world to see.” — Morgan Guyton

Greg Gianforte is a right-wing fundamentalist Christian who funded the creationist Dinosaur and Fossil Museum and is on the board of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools.

Morgan Guyton is the director of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.

See: Greg Gianforte is what toxic Christianity looks like

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Commitment to inclusion has muzzled liberal Protestants

“What has muzzled liberal Protestants is their own commitment to inclusion and opposition to discrimination. Their aim is to serve society as a whole, rather than their own narrow confessional self-interest. The problem is not that they lack conviction, but that their convictions make it intensely difficult for them to assert their faith.” — Alec Ryrie

See: The weakness of the religious left: How progressive evangelicals ceded moral authority to the right wing: Liberal Protestants could be a politically powerful force in America, if they allowed themselves to be

Alec Ryrie is the author of “Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World”. He is professor of the history of Christianity at Durham University in England and a licensed minister in his local church.

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Most right-wing fundamentalists want government to enforce exclusionary dogma

“The goal of most right-wing fundamentalist Christians is not and never will be disengagement; it is to meddle in the lives of others and use the government as an instrument to enforce their narrow, exclusionary dogma.” — Rob Boston

See: It’s Time For The Religious Right To Embrace The ‘Mind-Your-Own-Business’ Option

Robert Boston is Director of Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Editor of Church & State magazine. Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded in 1947 by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders.

Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/robboston1

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Steve King an extreme immigration opponent and fringe figure

“When the far-right Iowa Rep. Steve King quoted an Islamophobic tweet by Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders and commented that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” Americans were shocked. But anyone who is familiar with King knows that he’s long been an extreme immigration opponent and a fringe figure even within the very conservative Republican party of today.” — Alex Kotch

Alex Kotch is an independent investigative journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/alexkotch

See: Steve King’s White Nationalism is Echoed in the White House

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Religious right embraces its roots in racism

“The overwhelming support for Trump heralds the religious right coming full circle to embrace its roots in racism.” — Randall Balmer

See: Amazing Disgrace: How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?

Randall Balmer is the John Phillips Professor in Religion and director of the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College.

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