Donald Trump routinely provides sounder theological judgment than America’s Evangelical Intelligentsia leaders. This is not a commendation of Trump’s profession of faith, nor even a confirmation of it. Rather, it’s a condemnation of the professions of faith of the Evangelical Industrial Complex leaders who are embarrassingly and regularly shown-up by a political celebrity with dubious moral qualifications, troublesome religious partnerships, and a circumspect personal testimony.
While evangelical leaders like Russell Moore, Beth Moore, Ed Stetzer, and many a megachurch pastor are quick to cast aspersions upon Trump’s character, the fact he gets so much right theologically when they get so much wrong should shame them into oblivion. It’s not a testimony to his theological prowess so much as a witness to their own doctrinal ineptness.
America’s Protestant Christians have been told by our leaders that ‘Zoom Church’ is as good as the real thing, that the Bread and Wine of the Lord’s Supper can be replaced with Goldfish Crackers and Cran-Rasberry spritzer, and that it’s our sacred duty to let the government order around the Body of Christ and set our church calendar.
At least POTUS, with all of his moral and theological shortcomings, recognizes that ‘church’ on a laptop is not a replacement for the real thing.
For the record, no one – and I mean no one – has fought harder for religious liberty than Donald Trump.
Anyone with a vested interest in religious liberty, especially the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, should be building monuments to Donald Trump and declaring days in his honor as a greater defender of religious liberty than anyone in mainstream evangelical leadership.
Sadly, they’re too busy promoting Social Justice to notice that Donald Trump has been nothing but a gift to the people of faith in America (to God’s glory and credit, rather than his own).
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