An Evangelical Who Gets It
Following up on what we discussed yesterday, it is more than a waste of time: it is counter-productive for Christians to chase around after some power cult that will make the people they want to dominated, control, and dictate to act the way the want to act by means of force. That is the entire goal of the Christian right now and it will result in one thing: backlash and lifelong distrust.
Law cannot save and the attempt to impose a moral code on people who do have no reason to believe that moral code is from God is a fool’s errand–especially when the people trying to impose it demonstrate they themselves do not trust God and think nothing of lying through their teeth to get whatever they want in their nihilist lust for power that has no relationship to the gospel except for a few Americhristian aesthetics to dress it up.
Sherry Weddell’s fine book Forming Intentional Disciples talks about the stages that actual converts to the actual gospel pass through on their way to a living faith in Jesus Christ. The most foundational of them is simple trust. Something or someone related to the gospel inspires a sense of trust strong enough to create a bridge over which they can pass toward curiosity, openness, seeking, and finally intentional discipleship to Jesus Christ.
MAGA Christian and all its works, and all its pomps, and all its empty promises is the vaccine from Hell against trust. MAGA Christians bought Trump’s promise of nihilist earthly power hook, line, and sinker and have committed whole hog to as many lie, lies, lies as they think they have to tell to clutch at that power. Every remotely normal human being outside the Church can see these weirdos and their lies and would not trust them if their lives depended on it. MAGA forms one of the most effective barriers between a seeking soul and Jesus Christ human have ever created.
Those who wish to bear witness have got to face the fact that the biggest enemy the gospel in the US faces is not from “godless liberals” or any persecuting power outside the Church, but from the brazen whoring after raw nihilist power of the MAGA cult within the Church. Jesus was not kidding when he said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
That’s you and that’s me. It is seduction, not persecution, the Church is to fear. And right now, there is nothing on this earth more seduced than the MAGA antichrist cult. It is driving away thousands from the Church, and it is preventing thousands more from entering in, not because they are violating their consciences, but because they are obeying their consciences. God deliver his Holy Church from this obscene perversion of the gospel that Jesus may be seen by the millions who seek him.