Here are the court evangelicals on display:
But it was hard for me to watch Trump go around the room, ask individual faith leaders to say something flattering about his spirituality and his handling of Harvey, and then watch them oblige. This is what court flattery looks like.
As historian Peter Burke puts it in his book The Fabrication of Louis XIV: “…some courtiers and some writers sang the praises of Louis for the sake of their own careers, hitching their wagons to the sun.” (p.12).
When I see photo-ops like this it is hard for me to believe that the court evangelicals are speaking truth to power.
Today I told one of my classes that the culture wars is ultimately about how one understands American history. Notice Gary Bauer in this video talking about “turning back” to God, the Christian roots of the country, and the “shining city on a hill.”
Robert Jeffress praises Trump as a healer of our nation and invokes the phrase “Make America Great Again” in his prayer. Let’s remember that “Make America Great Again” is ultimately a historical statement.