Evangelicalism on Trial, For All to See

So more than 150 evangelical leaders across the country have just put themselves on record, in part as follows:

‘We affirm that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.”

“We deny that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.”

And so on, ad nauseum…..

This broad band of  Evangelicalism thus finally defines itself for us in stark and clear terms.  It is a philosophy or religion (a way of looking at our ourselves and our relation to the people around us and to the universe itself) which deserves unqualifiedly to be relegated to the trash bins of history.

It is neither human nor compassionate, nor has anything whatsoever to do with the humble and all-embracing thoughts and actions of Christianity’s founder.

Several of the co-signers of this document have either worked closely with President Donald Trump or serve on his evangelical advisory board, orchestrated by Vice President Mike Pence.

This is all good to see and hear.  No hiding, no equivocating.  Get it out in the open, educate the American people about this backward, hypocritical, self-serving brand of thought.

A few quotes, supposedly from Jesus, whom Evangelicals profess to follow:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“A new command I give you: Love one another.”

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.”

“Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me’”.

“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.  They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.”

Trump, Pence, a distorted Evangelicalism – all coming to the fore, for all of us to see.  And what we see is increasingly clear and unsavory and discriminatory and frankly, evil, if we define evil as that which diminishes people, that divides people, that segregates people, that shuts off our hearts to people, that maligns people, that denigrates and abuses people.  Political power, and religious power, twined together into one.  We have seen it before, throughout history, and it is here now, here in America, for all of us to see.

Time to sweep the boards clear.  There is a new world coming.  There is a new America coming.

It has waited in the wings since the dawn of the first sun of the beginning of time.

It is the reason for the existence of the universe itself.

It is one person coming to fruition and bloom.


Traveling to a New AmericaJames Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books that are opening the way to a new vision of ourselves, a new dream of America, a new religion for the world.  This year and next, he is traveling to towns and cities all across America, meeting and interviewing people and giving talks, under the banner of “Traveling to a New America“.

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