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Is There No Shame Left?

By Lafe Tolliver, Esq
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“To the many evangelicals who continue to support Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve.”

    The above was a direct quote from the evangelical magazine publication, Christianity Today, in which they editorialized that Trump should now be removed from office for his un-Christ like character and moral debasement.

    Needless to say, such a statement from a conservative Christian magazine founded by the late evangelist Billy Graham got many white evangelicals roiling in a peevish snit.

Lafe Tolliver, Esq

   President Trump chimed in with his two cents and called the magazine, a “far left” publication, and he bellowed how much he has done for evangelical Christianity (no details of course given to support that baseless statement). He even had the temerity to say how he alone made it safe again to utter, “Merry Christmas!”

     Christianity Today, as an opinion maker and with a large readership, is seen as the Mike Tyson of the Christian publication world and their venture into the impeachment issues based on the standards of a Christ-based morality, teaching and exemplary conduct, is a stance that could resonate with their readers.

    Remember, this is the same magazine that excoriated former President Bill Clinton over his extra-marital affair with Monica Lewinsky and the editors indicated to their readers that the evidence brought out in the current impeachment hearings is nigh impossible to disregard as insignificant.

     As you may know, over 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump on the theory that they were voting for a president and not a priest.

     In other words, those white evangelicals were eager to go both blind and mad in turn for access to power and to be wooed    by the White House for their 2020 votes.

     In the days of Jesus when he was dealing with Herod, Pilate, the powerful Roman government and their enforcement arm, the Roman soldiers, there were certain Jews who were trying to ingratiate themselves with Rome.

     They sought favor in order to gain political goodies with Caesar and to allow themselves some semblance of self-rule.

     Even at that time, there were certain men who were willing to sell their scruples in order to snuggle up to a Caesar and to “Uncle Tom” their way into positions of favor (remember the Jewish tax collectors skimming off of the top of the monies collected for the Roman government?).

     Well, when you fast forward to today, you have the same scenario in which too many white evangelicals are willing to

dance to the tune of today’s wannabee Caesar … Herr Trump … and to obtain tidbits of bread and circuses that he tosses to them; and for which they express unutterable joy and obedience.

     The white evangelical community have their members who gasp and grab for a moment, just a mere moment to be so close to Herr Trump that they can smell his aftershave.

     And, if that means that they are willing to sell out their bedrock Christian principles in order to gain a dinner invite from Herr Trump; and which translates into silencing themselves about his open and notorious anti-Christ-like acts, they are down with it.

     For many white evangelicals, having access to power, regardless if it is wielded by a charlatan and a person whose words and conduct totally shreds their belief system, that is

acceptable to them because of their belief that, in doing so, they have access to power with a wannabee autocrat.

    Please note that these same white evangelicals were intentionally out to lunch when President Barack Obama was in the White House for eight years; and in spite of Obama stating that he was a Christian and acts in accordance with the scriptures, those white evangelicals gave him nothing but shade and a cold shoulder (Mitch McConnell openly pledging to make Obama a one-term president!).

     But with Trump, they are all toothy grins and smiles and will stumble over themselves in order to be seen in his shadow. 

     The moral of this story? Most white evangelicals, like Esau, also sold their birthright to a Jacob for a mere pittance of a bowl of lentil soup.

     Yes, to many white evangelicals, race does indeed matter!

     Evangelicalism in America has taken a hit and rightfully so because this crass political idolatry has revealed that their belief in the tenets of their faith was shallow, negotiable and easily discardable.

     For them, power rules and surely not they submitting to the humility or obedience to the Christ that they once professed dying allegiance to.

Contact Lafe Tolliver at tolliver@juno.com


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