Court Evangelical: We Have “Unprecedented Access” to the Trump White House


Richard Land

Southern Baptist Richard Land, the president of a conservative evangelical seminary and the guy who held Russell Moore‘s position at the head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Liberty Commission until he made racist remarks on his radio program, is the latest court evangelical to praise King Donald.

In an interview with fellow Southern Baptist leader Ronnie Floyd, Land calls Trump a “pleasant surprise.”  He says that Trump has given him and the other court evangelicals “unprecedented access” to his administration.  Land adds that Trump is “fascinated by evangelicals.” He even discusses what it is like to walk around the White House and schmooze with the other evangelicals who make up Trump’s court.


I have always been skeptical of the critics who believe that all conservative evangelicals want to create a theocracy.  I am still skeptical, but getting less so.  Trump and the court evangelicals are pushing me in this direction.

For example, what does Land mean when he says that the court evangelicals have “unprecedented access” to the POTUS?  What do they want to do with this “unprecedented access?”  Are they using such access to speak truth to power?  Are they using this access to call out Donald Trump for his sins?

Are they modeling themselves after the Old Testament court prophet Nathan? Remember Nathan? He was the one who called out King David for adultery and murder using a parable that ended with the phrase “thou art the man!”  Somehow I doubt that this is how the court evangelicals are using their “unprecedented access.”  And if they are using their access this way, it does not appear to be going well.  The “baby Christian” does not appear to be growing.

I think it’s pretty obvious what Land and the other court evangelicals want to do with their access to the White House.  They want to make sure everyone who does not agree with them will either be thrown out of the country or subordinated to the status of second-class citizen. Their approach to public life is driven by the erroneous view that the founding fathers wanted to establish a Christian nation. It is not motivated by the Judeo-Christian idea that all human beings are created in God’s image and thus deserve dignity, worth, and a place in democratic life regardless of their religious beliefs, sexual identity, or views on marriage.

4 thoughts on “Court Evangelical: We Have “Unprecedented Access” to the Trump White House

  1. You say “They want to make sure everyone who does not agree with them will either be thrown out of the country or subordinated to the status of second-class citizen.” From personal experience, this is probably true of many Christian Trump supporters.

    However, we should be careful when saying that they want to create a Christian nation, for the nation such people want is (generally) not based on Christ, but on *their version* of Christianity.


  2. I’d suggest you read about Nehemiah Scudder. Robert Anson Heinlein wrote the short story in 1940, which introduces him as a historical figure If This Goes On, the story being set in 2100.


  3. Obviously all conservative evangelicals are not advocating theocracy, but the actions, words and policies of a large portion of them call into question not only the shape of modern Christianity, but the truth of Christianity itself. If court evangelicals represent God, then he’s malevolent. Another way to look at it is if Christians are so easily fooled by these clowns, then their judgement in what they believe is suspect.

    Of course, what exactly is Christianity anyway? Most scholars of early Christianity have long concluded that Jesus and Paul were apocalyptic Jews whose message was to prepare for an imminent Kingdom of God, which was basically a benevolent theocracy led by a Messiah and high priest. So maybe this is the religion going back to its roots, in an odd way.

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