Jim Wallis and Eric Metaxas Discuss Evangelicals and Trump

Eric Metaxas says that over the past “twenty or thirty years” evangelicals have come to understand that “even in public life, the Christian faith is about grace and forgiveness, more than it is about moralism….This doesn’t mean that morality and character don’t count, but at the end of the day, Christianity is not a faith that is principally focused on one’s sins but on forgiveness and on grace.”

In the first part of this statement, Metaxas makes an appeal to recent history.  So I wonder, have conservative Christians over the past twenty or thirty years really come to understand that their faith is not about trying to bring evangelical-infused moral values to the culture?  Metaxas seems to be implying that over the past few decades evangelicals have come to terms with the fact that their faith is apolitical and no longer driven by “moralism.”  Trump is a sinner. Christians should forgive him.  And they should vote for him.

Where has Metaxas been these past few decades?  Does he listen to his own radio show?  I have listened to it on occasion.  In nearly every segment Metaxas makes it clear that he does think Christianity is about moralism.

Has Metaxas read his own book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty?  I have read it and reviewed it here at The Way of Improvement Leads HomeThe book is about all the ways in which the Christian faith has contributed to the moral fabric of the country.  In fact, anyone who reads If You Can Keep It would come away believing that Metaxas thinks the mission of Christianity in the United States and the mission of the United States itself are identical.  In other words, he is as much of a Christian nationalist as David Barton.  The only difference is that Metaxas went to Yale, lives in New York City, and has a better tan.  (They are both fast talkers).

Metaxas embarrasses himself in this video.

He calls Wallis silly, sloppy, and wrongheaded (rolling his eyes) because Wallis thinks that the government of the United States will be held accountable for racist policies and its treatment of the poor.  Metaxas suggests that biblical commands of this nature do not apply to governments.

And then later in the interview Metaxas says that God will hold the United States accountable for abortion.  So does God hold the United States government accountable for its sins or not? Will God hold the United States accountable for abortion and not for its failure to care for the poor and oppressed?

“I’m depressed by the dialogue.”

3 thoughts on “Jim Wallis and Eric Metaxas Discuss Evangelicals and Trump

  1. To quote my least favorite American poet, Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”


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