It’s been almost exactly a month
My friend Kristin Putnam wrote this piece as the murderers and lunatics were roaming the halls of Congress, smearing shit on the floors for Baal and hunting for elected officials to murder in cold blood for the greater glory of Moloch.
By throwing unwavering support behind Trump, a man who is perceived as a liar, cheater, bullying, violent, racist, Christians are now seen as lying, cheating , bullying, violent, racists. Many in society, rightfully believe that lying, cheating, bullying, violence and racism must be opposed. The resistance some Christians are experiencing is not because of the teachings of Jesus Christ. They are being opposed and “feeling persecuted” if their Christianity smacks of lying (spreading disproven accusations about voter fraud or global pandemics), cheating (trying to unconstitutionally throw out valid ballots, calling election officials to “find the votes” needed to win), bullying (yelling, kicking, threatening and coughing on an employee who asks you to wear a mask), violence ( separating children from their parents at the border, waving guns at protestors walking by, crossing state lines and killing opposing protestors, armed rallying inside state capitals, outside the homes of election officials, or outside congress as they ratify the results of a fair election, breaking into the US Capitol, threatening elected officials), and racism (insisting that systemic racism doesn’t exist, ignoring the plight of the oppressed, perpetuating racial stereotypes in conversation/joking).
“But I haven’t done any of those things!”
Have you spoken against them? Because NOW IS THE TIME!
This behavior can not go unopposed by Christians.
Aside from all of the exceptions I hear you yelling at your screen that have prevented you from speaking out, it is important to realize that this perception IS the reality of where we are in history. And here, besides the threat to our democracy, is the danger of it all:
The monster of “Trumpian Christianity” that is loud and hogging the spotlight MUST be opposed. And by labeling this monster as simply “Christian” means that the opposition that is coming rightfully for that satanic nonsense, will become the unjust persecution feared by many Christians today, but it will be directed at all of Christ’s Bride–Trumpian or not.
As we stated before, nuance doesn’t exist in public discourse anymore.
By claiming persecution right now, some Christians have embraced the evil that is being fought against and are creating the monster that will usher in the true persecution they are attempting to prevent. It will be a self fulfilling prophecy, not foisted upon us from the left, but created from the panic of the right looking for a savior and role model in a deeply flawed President.
The world is in desperate need of the hands and feet of Christ to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to give shelter to travelers, to visit the sick, to visit the imprisoned, and to bury the dead. Christians are empowered in these acts of mercy by the Holy Spirit, which enkindles in us the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.
These stand in stark contrast to the vices that are the fruit of Trumpian Christianity.
We will be known by our fruit. Choose wisely.
Let us humble ourselves, turn back to Christ, and cast this cancerous movement back to hell where it belongs.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”
It is poetic that these criminals stormed the Capitol on Epiphany. Mary is told at the Presentation:
“Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel,
and for a sign that is spoken against
(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also),
that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35)
It is the nature of Jesus that he reveals. He reveals the Father to us and us to ourselves. Merely by the fact of his being, he does this. People react to him and can’t help babbling out who they are, revealing the thoughts of their heart. On Epiphany, a pack of wolves lying that they were acting in his name shouted (or perhaps “howled” is the better word) who they were and what they sought: death. They tried to lie that they acted in his Name. They were revealed in the stark daylight of Christ as the deadly, stupid, dangerous antichrist cult that they are for the whole world to see and reject.
Now we have a new Administration, but the toxins of MAGA continue to flow through the veins of the American Church and the nuts are still out there. 74 million voted for this criminal and 29% of Americans–about 44 million, still approved of him even after he launched a violent coup of assassins and lunatics against the Capitol. And the overwhelming majority of that 44 million regard themselves as “faithful” Christians.
How to navigate such lies? Ignore what they say. Watch what they do. Kristin is right. Listen to Jesus: By their fruits you will know them.