I was going to do some posts on this today, but Warren Throckmorton has things covered pretty well. Read his post here.
I will make a few comments based on Throckmorton’s post:
Eric Metaxas appears to have lost his way. Even his fellow New York City evangelical and The King’s College chancellor Greg Thornbury has called him out. I think it is so ironic that Metaxas is saying evangelicals who oppose Trump’s remarks vile are “People… in love w/feeling morally superior.” Let’s remember: this is the guy who once told his fellow evangelical Christians that “God will not hold us guiltless” if we did not vote for Trump.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s piece at The Washington Post is the gold standard on this controversy. She quotes A.R. Bernard, the New York City megachurch pastor who resigned from Trump’s evangelical council after Trump blamed “both sides” for the racial conflict in Charlottesville last August. Here is a taste:
A.R. Bernard, a black pastor of a 40,000-member church in New York City, resigned from the evangelical council in August after Trump blamed “both sides” for deadly violence in Charlottesville.
While back then Bernard said he didn’t think Trump was a racist, that changed Thursday.
“His own comments expose him,” Bernard said. “They were elitist and blatantly racist.”
Bernard said Trump’s comments Friday honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “added insult to injury.”
The silence of the mostly white men who remain on the informal council, he said, “is getting louder.” While members say they’re there because they’re influencing the White House on topics from Israel to religious freedom, Bernard said he doesn’t believe the council has any real influence.
“I think they’re politically convenient to the president,” he said.
Bernard is a former court evangelical. He has left the court and now has a story to tell. I also find it a bit strange (to put it mildly) that Metaxas is saying via Twitter that Bernard fails to understand the true meaning of racism.
Again, read Throckmorton’s round-up.