The Good Christian in the White House

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Trump with Jesus

Progressive Christians (!) continue to bleat about how Donald Trump is not a good Christian and how anyone who is a good Christian could not possibly support him as president.

This would be funny, except that there is nothing funny about trying to find morality in an ideology that has enabled or encouraged the murder of more people than any other in human history and that provides ample, vocal support for everything Trump has done. Trump’s agenda is the Christian agenda.

The Lexington Herald-Leader claimed that the “persecution” Trump allegedly suffers is just like the “persecution” Jesus suffered.

A pastor claimed that Jesus was under impeachment, which “won’t happen either.” This is a key point that is important for understanding Trump’s appeal to Christians. The United States has been effectively a Christian nation, whatever the Constitution may say, since its founding. Now, lots of good Christians see various developments that disturb them and that they want to reverse.

This has been going on at least since major civil rights legislation passed Congress in 1964 and 1965, since lots of good Christians do not much like the idea of equality for African Americans. Making matters worse, on top of the blacks, the feminists, then the queers got in on the act.

Whether he admits it or not, Trump leads the charge to reverse the advances of any and every group who has made any progress towards equality since 1960, so he gets vocal support from good Christians.

Especially Trump’s pastor, Paula White, who now works in the White House, who rebuked every “demonic network” that opposes the “calling” of Donald Trump in her benediction at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Other Christians have said that White preaches a “false gospel,” but this is the problem Christians can never address effectively — the only rules for interpretation of the bible come from individual church bodies, so every preacher’s version of the gospel is as good as any other’s. There is no authoritative version of what the bible says, so Christianity, especially in the United States, is meaningless.

It is an ideology that is as available to “conservatives” like Donald Trump as it is to progressives who denounce Trump. This problem is deeply ingrained in the culture of the United States and is not going to change any time soon, if ever. Christianity is the oldest functioning ideology in western society, so it is inherently conservative.

Progressives have any number of reasons to oppose Trump and any number of very solid principles to ground that opposition in.

Christianity is not one of them.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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