Where are the Court Evangelicals Today?

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It seems like we have asked this question before.

The court evangelicals got their Supreme Court justices and embassy in Israel.  They got tax cuts.  They think Trump is the most faith-friendly president in American history.

Today the court evangelicals are silent.

Yesterday Donald Trump told four members of the United States Congress–all women of color–to go back to their countries.  As someone who spent two decades studying and teaching American history (including American immigrant history), this kind of rhetoric is racist.

It was racist when Anglo-Americans told the Irish to go back to their country.

It was racist when Italians, Jews, and Chinese were told to go back to their country.

It is racist when immigrants from the Middle East, Asia, Central America, and Southern America are told to go back to their country.

It is racist when white people tell black people to “go back to Africa.”

Here is some additional historical context.

Trump is simply calling upon an old tradition in American history.  Sadly, we have been telling people to “go back to your country” since the birth of the republic.  None of this is new.  Trump appeals to the darkest parts of our past.  This is what demagogues do.  Today he refused to rescind his comments because apparently a lot of people like them.

But America has always had its better angels.  We have always had men and women who have tried to consistently apply our country’s ideals to matters of race, immigration, and injustice. Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr. Jack Graham, Tony Perkins, Paula White, Ralph Reed, Gary Bauer, David Barton, Jim Bakker, Lance Wallnau, Steven Strang and the rest of the court evangelicals do not fall into this category.

Sadly, the court evangelicals have chosen to side with darkness over light.  They are sycophants, incapable of speaking truth to power because they have made a deal with the devil (who apparently has come in the guise of a new King Cyrus).  They have enabled Donald Trump.  The silence speaks volumes.

Rather than speaking out today, some of them are simply quoting Bible verses:

And there is this:

Click here to see what Trump says in private about his evangelical enablers.

22 thoughts on “Where are the Court Evangelicals Today?

  1. Unicorn,

    So are you saying that the excessive number of executive orders during the Obama Administration was anything but autocratic? In defense of both Obama and Trump, things on Capitol Hill have become so toxically partisan that little meaningful legislation is being made. Accordingly, the establishment of public policy is being increasingly done by the courts and the executive branch.

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  2. Jeff,
    I don’t see things progressing to the dire point you suggest, but time will tell. We shall have to discuss it over coffee in ten years.

    James

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  3. I think he doesn’t understand or accept foundational political philosophies involved in the formation and support of a representative republic. So he is frustrated when things don’t just happen at his command right off the bat. He bristles at checks and balances that every president has faced.

    i.e. A culture clash between the Autocratic Culture of Trump Tower and the established culture of the American Republic.

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  4. But that wouldn’t change the fact that not all alignments are good for us and our future.
    What Trump is doing is leading a significant number of people and what the Republican Party has become, and what should be actual Christian leaders down a dark path.

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  5. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”

    Franklin?
    When Paul wrote “the LORD”, I don’t think he meant Donald J Trump.

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  6. Jeff,
    I really think the differences are contextual. The left has overblown the whole thing. Technically a country and a nation can be different but the terms are commonly used interchangeably.
    James

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  7. I am not sure about Trump hating these things.
    I think he doesn’t understand or accept foundational political philosophies involved in the formation and support of a representative republic. So he is frustrated when things don’t just happen at his command right off the bat. He bristles at checks and balances that every president has faced.
    But he has expressed a lot of criticism over the years.

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  8. You should know that there are conservatives, Republicans, friends of Trump, etc., calling him out on the racist nature of his racist tweets and statements over the last few days. Do they not report that on Fox News?

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  9. Point taken. Yet Hume is partially right – like so many other terms – “hate” being another – cries of “racism!” are far more than not just political trump cards used by the left-wingers to moralize and grandstand when things don’t go their way. (And I’ll admit those same tactics can be used by the right at times.)

    When there are Professional Victims everywhere these days, it’s hard to take a lot of these claims seriously.

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  10. John,
    It might help people understand your posts better, and comment accordingly, if you defined the word “racist”. People appear to be using different definitions. Then you can link to it in future posts? I have a feeling there will many more relevant posts during the election.

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  11. Ed: Brit Hume ignores over a half-century of mainstream historical scholarship that clearly shows that race and racism are at the heart of nativism and xenophobia.

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  12. I think it means something if a person claims to be a patriot, which is a positive thing, ( except of course in the case of the NFL New England Patriots), but are really nationalists which is not a positive thing, in my opinion.

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  13. As a long-time evangelical conservative Republican (albeit one who didn’t vote for Trump), there’s really nothing to see here. Whether Trump or G.W. Bush talking “compassionate conservatism”, all Republicans are, in the end, considered “racists” by the progressive elements of society. Trump just makes it easy with such comments. That accusation as well as all the others (“homophobic,”, “sexist”, “Islamaphobic”, “fill-in-the-blank” phobic, etc) is just standard everyday political ritual and has been going on for all of my adult voting life of some 45+.

    As Brett Hume noted, “Trump’s ‘go back’ comments were nativist, xenophobic, counterfactual and politically stupid. But they simply do not meet the standard definition of racist, a word so recklessly flung around these days that its actual meaning is being lost.”

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  14. I have nothing substantial to add to what you’ve said. But, looking at the picture up top, I am starting to wonder when Eric Metaxas’ beard is going to fully come in.

    Sorry…I’ll go back to sleep.

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  15. An ironic tweet given that the President spends so much time on Twitter literally complaining about EVERYTHING he doesn’t like. His list of grievances are too long to keep up with.

    What troubles me the most in statements like this is the implication that calling out inconsistencies, or injustices, or areas where we aren’t living up to our stated ideals, is equivalent to hatred of the country. If you truly love your country, it should pain you when you see ways in which you see ways in which that you love is falling short, and saying so shouldn’t be viewed as originating out of hatred of country. Aren’t the evangelicals supporting the President on these views very big on “hate the sin, love the sinner?”

    On another blog it was observed that the patriotic standard “America the Beautiful” includes a petition to God to “mend thy every flaw.” This petition, and acting to do our own part in that, should not be taken to be hatred of America.

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  16. There’s too much irony to make a list here, but a couple of points:

    1) What makes America special is precisely that we have the freedom to say what we want about the government with sanction. I remember as a kid seeing “America, Love it or Leave It” bumper stickers and thought, isn’t that anti-American?

    2) And of course no president has ever complained as much about America as Trump, both pre- and post-election. By his standard, he should have left the country a long time ago. Since being in office, he has had a litany of complaints about the military, law enforcement, Congress and anyone that doesn’t go out of their way to lavish praise on him.

    3) By talking about how America’s government kills people when he’s asked about civil rights or promoting democracy abroad, he’s the only president who has ever suggested that America is not any more special than dictatorships.

    Trump literally hates the concept of America, hates the actual American system of government and the people in it, yet his supporters are the ones who claim the mantle of patriotism. Just more evidence that the GOP has turned into a cult.

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  17. Jin in STL,

    With all respect to Robert Johnson as a musician, you might be taking undue liberties with his lyrics.

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  18. Jeff,
    Do court evangelicals have to subscribe to Lepore’s categories? Maybe she could be placed by court evangelicals into a category with which she differs.

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  19. Ralph Reed began his tweet with a mention of the “Evangelical-Trump coalition”.
    I am wondering if these court evangelicals can speak and act with genuine Christian concern and love for the refugees, legal and illegal immigrants and maintain their treasured status as insiders? I don’t know what compassion any of them feel. It seems impossible for me not to.
    Is their faith defined that much differently from mine? Or are they actually that willing to compromise for a false sense of being part of Trump’s power?

    By the way I just started “This America, the Case for the Nation” by Jill Lepore. A great help in understanding the difference between patriotism and nationalism. I don’t imagine any of the court evangelicals would like it.

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  20. “Today the court evangelicals are silent.”

    Maybe they just read over the terms of the contract that they signed at the crossroads. I will give you this, this, and this, in this world and you will give over your soul for all eternity. The getting part of a transaction is always fun but when the payment comes due……..

    Disclaimer: Now, I’m not saying that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads. But he might have. Anyway, it’s a useful metaphor.

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  21. This morning’s Presidential Tweet:
    “Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!”

    I imagine not being happy here would have applied to Frederick Douglass and other abolitionists, people who resisted the Jim Crow laws, civil rights activists, suffragettes and on and on.

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