As I take a moment to reflect on the historic day, the Impeachment of Donald Trump, I feel an urgency to speak to my Christian brothers and sisters across the world. I need to say something that is not being addressed in secular media because, quite frankly, it is not the media’s job to mess with the noble separation between Church and State. So please hear me out a moment and please do not take my spiritual analogies too literally, as I speak in more general terms about an unseen war between Light and Darkness.
It is with utmost clarity that I can say the following: Nobody with critical thinking skills and a sincere sense of integrity can listen to the legitimate, irrefutable and compelling list of horrific crimes committed by America’s 45th President, and then listen to the GOP’s deranged defenses of Trump’s long-overdue impeachment—comparing it to Jesus’ trial before Pilot and the Salem witch trials, among other absurd silliness—and not see that Trump has reduced the GOP to the laughing stock of the world. I no longer recognize the Republican Party.
But that is not the worst part. What saddens me most is the so-called Christians’ blatant approval—even while arrogantly bragging—of the worst of human depravity. I have never witnessed a time in modern history when Republicans call good evil, and evil good, much like the Bible warns about.
Why do I say that? I used to be a Republican. I know what it feels like to be brainwashed by Fox News propaganda and other extremists with sinister agendas. I know what it is like to hear ministers vomit from the pulpit disgusting attacks on values, decency and ethical norms, all for the purpose of conflating misguided politics with a faith that, by its very definition, is the antithesis of such politics.
Under Trump it has become too easy for fundamentalists—not all Christians—to claim to cherish truth, justice, honor, faith, family, and country while hypocritically allowing themselves to be indoctrinated by people who prove by their votes and their rhetoric that they are not really bothered by sexual predators, child molesters, adulterers, rapists, cheaters and liars.
Too many fundamentalist Pastors disregard the plight of separated families, caged and orphaned children, the poor, the hungry, the outcasts, the sick, the refugees, the imprisoned, the oppressed, and the sexually, religiously and racially discriminated. The same fundamentalists—again, not all Christians—directly and indirectly celebrate corrupt politicians, evil judges, and the denial of science and history, all in the name of a Jesus that is nowhere to be found anywhere in the sacred text. They blindly or willingly do so why claiming the exact opposite, much like the religious leaders in Jesus’ day who were the targets of his harshest criticisms and most damning curses.
So listen carefully to my bottom line. From a purely spiritual perspective, I can think of no plot more diabolical to destroy Christianity in America than to make the historical Jesus and the iconic “Devil” utterly indistinguishable.
Think about that for a minute and you will understand the cleverness of this attack on Christianity from within the Church itself. Time will tell how many foreign leaders and criminals actually own Trump, but it is quite evident from a cosmic perspective that Evil itself, in countless ways, fully agrees with Trump’s self-declaration of being “The Chosen One”.
But he is not chosen by God, as the story often goes by people who take the Bible out of context. He is chosen by an iconic spiritual “father” who is certainly not “Our Father” and who is definitely not in any mythical Heaven. Fundamentalists—not Christians—in America now largely represents the very people who in the Biblical narrative God himself declares to have never known. In that epic and ancient story of Judgment Day, seared into the hearts and minds of Christians everywhere, there is the frightening statement, “Depart from me because I never knew you”.
The day I realized that Trump-supporting fundamentalists were primarily waging war against the God they claimed to serve, a small ‘g’ god that they had created in their own image, that is the day I had to return to the teachings of Christ to see the contrast. That is why I was protesting downtown with countless others who are concerned about the direction of our country. Much to my astonishment I sensed the presence of God among the sometimes solemn and often enthusiastic crowd. I felt the truth of what Jesus meant when he said that what we do for the least in society, we do for God, that when we clothe the naked, feed the hungry, stand for justice, visit the imprisoned, and seek mercy, we are doing the work of God, to God, through others.
Trump has damaged Democracy in ways that will take years to repair. However, his legacy will run deeper. He will he remembered as the spiritual instrument that exposed pseudo-Christianity and, in the process, utterly delegitimized it to be point of being nearly unrecognizable.
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