Following the previous posting, we continue to look at how Stephen Best looks at the American Evangelicals & Seduction, which may for us Europeans something very weird and incomprehensible wondering if those Americans are not better at using their own mind to make up their own ideas.
How is it possible that the majority of white US evangelicals were seduced into Trump’s dangerous political schemes?
When they heard so many bad things that he had done in the past and could see how he had treated women, plus how he had created all sorts of ‘untrustable businesses, showing clearly he would not be the best one to run properly a business or to become a respectful leader.
We wonder how their followers could come to trust his lies, and could wipe away his malicious and criminal behaviour.
How is it possible that those who call themselves Christian could go for a man who clearly showed no respect to others and carried a lot of racism in his heart. They now share the responsibility in encouraging racism, division, and sedition within the USA, and instead of making America great again they choose for someone who could break America and creat division as never before.
- American evangelicals their complicity in Trumpism > testimony + leadership = unreliable + negligent going forward.
- interweaving of God + country = evangelical’s Patriotism > Christian Nationalism. Christian Nationalism.
- concept of ‘Manifest Destiny’ (John Louis O’Sullivan) = mission to expand its influence across all of North America => America’s wars with Mexico + the Indians+ expansion into Alaska.
- Manifest Destiny > mission of promoting + defending democracy throughout the world > bias American ideology and politics. – growing ideology => Christian Nationalism
- American vision > fascination with the ‘New Jerusalem’ <= early Puritans left for America with the sense of being an oppressed people.
- Puritans aimed to build the Kingdom of God or their version of a Christian society = blending of religion + politics.
- Christian nationalism = political ideology about American identity => idealizes + advocates fusion of Christianity with American civic life
- Christian Nationalism = collection of cultural myths, traditions, religion, + historical interpretations.
- Evangelicals in a struggle with liberalism / socialism that threatens their way of life – feel mocked + dishonored, unheard + marginalized.
- perceived risk: immigrants, LGBQT , law enforcement weakening, abortions persisting, support for Israel declining, + Evangelicalism diminishing, => Evangelicals feel their backs are up against the wall.
- alliance of American Evangelicalism + Donald Trump => restoring USA > conservative Christian society.
- patriotism, Christian Nationalism, traditionalism, evangelicalism, denominationalism, + spiritualism =/= sustainable foundations in life =/= biblical foundations.
- Christian foundations = spiritual realities understood through Scripture, taught with faith + wisdom, received with sincerity, + realized through inward working of Holy Spirit in life of a Christian. => secure + define new life while not depending on Christian governments, economies, religion, or social norms.
- need to re-examine our foundations
By Stephen Best
How is it possible that the majority of white US evangelicals were seduced into Trump’s dangerous political schemes? How is it possible for so many of their leaders to have encouraged their followers to trust his lies, and enable his malicious and criminal behaviour? How is it possible that they now share the responsibility in encouraging racism, division, and sedition within the USA?
For at least 60 years, evangelicals throughout the world have appreciated the contribution and leadership that the US has brought to the global work of God. Yet today, because of their complicity in Trumpism, that testimony and leadership is for the most part unreliable, if not negligent going forward.
If we are honest most Christians outside the USA have found the US brand of Evangelicalism a bit different to begin with. And that’s mostly due to it’s interweaving of God and country.
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