So far none of the court evangelicals have said that Trump is right about Dingell because the former Michigan congressman did not accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior before he died. But I would not put it past any one of them to say this.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey has it covered at The Washington Post. Read it here.
Here of some of the tweets in Bailey’s piece and a few more (with commentary):
Tonight we lift up our President, @realDonaldTrump in prayer against all wickedness & demonic schemes against him and his purpose in the name of Jesus. Surround him with your angels and let them encamp around about him. Let all demonic stirrings and manipulations be overturned!
— Paula White-Cain (@Paula_White) December 19, 2019
Bailey quoted me in her piece:
Evangelical supporters of Trump have been talking about “forces” undermining Trump, framing the impeachment proceedings in “spiritual battle” language, said John Fea, a historian at Messiah College.
In November, Franklin Graham, president and chief executive of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, told Eric Metaxas on his radio show, “Well, I believe it’s almost a demonic power that is trying . . .” And Metaxas interrupted and said, “I would disagree. It’s not almost demonic. You know and I know, at the heart, it’s a spiritual battle.”
Last week, Trump hosted about 50 evangelical leaders in the White House to pray for him, especially drawing pastors from the Pentecostal tradition where teaching on “spiritual warfare” is prominent.
“If Trump is indeed God’s anointed, impeachment and his potential removal is of utmost concern to those with this worldview,” Fea said.
You know what this ludicrous impeachment sham by the House dems cannot impeach? The record of the the most pro life pro faith president in recent history. The economy is robust, religious freedom is more protected and the world is a safer place.
— Jack Graham (@jackngraham) December 18, 2019
Why doesn’t Graham go all the way and say that he is the most “pro life pro faith president in American history? 🙂
Once again, a Trump supporter refuses to argue based on the facts of the case. If you want to say impeachment is a “sham” then you need to make a solid constitutional case for why Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and his failure to cooperate with Congress are not impeachable offenses. Impeachment has nothing to do with whether a president is pro life, pro faith, a defender of religious freedom, or presiding over a strong economy. (On the latter point, it find it interesting that so many court evangelicals are now economic determinists. I thought they didn’t like Karl Marx). Jack Graham, like the rest of the court evangelicals, are in Trump’s pocket. How else can we explain the fact that he will not say anything negative about this president and simply ignore his indiscretions. Either shut-up about politics, or apply biblical truth to public life (and this POTUS) in an even-handed way.
This impeachment inquiry is completely partisan. An impeachment is now in the eye of the beholder and is being used to expedite the process of kicking someone out of office that you don’t like. This is truly dangerous and a shame to our democracy.
— Ralph Reed (@ralphreed) December 18, 2019
See my comment above. Ralph, please make an argument based on the facts of the case.
Tonight, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez @nhclc & I issued this joint statement in reaction to the House Leadership’s insincere and entirely and transparently partisans impeachment of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. pic.twitter.com/4cz1ZFrrk2
— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) December 19, 2019
This document is absurd. A quick response:
- The House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump and no one else.
- Stop trying to politicize what it means to be a God-fearing, family loving and patriotic! This “family values” rhetoric has been around since the late 1970s and Trump’s behavior and policies in office have made it virtually meaningless. I wonder what Moore and Rodriguez think about the moral quality of the rhetoric coming from this White House? Do they really want evangelical children to listen to Donald Trump or read his tweets? Should we all tell our children to be like Trump and publish children’s books extolling his character? And don’t even get me started with “family values” after what Trump did to migrant families at the border.
- This document makes vague references to “due process” and “rule of law.” It does not say ANYTHING about the facts of the case. (See my response to the Jack Graham tweet above). Rather than approaching impeachment and Trump’s behavior with deep historical and theological reflection, this statement just echoes the talking points of the GOP members of the House Judicial and Intelligence committees. Christian leaders should do much, much better than this. I’m not holding my breath.
- This document assumes that those who impeached Trump do not believe in “free elections” to determine political leadership. Actually, if it wasn’t for “free elections” the Democrats would not have won the House in 2018. The people spoke. The 2018 election was a referendum on the first two years of the Trump presidency. THIS is democracy at work. But I assume Moore and Rodriguez mean that Trump’s impeachment somehow undermines the results of the presidential election of 2106. First, the undermining of the elections was done BY THE RUSSIANS well before impeachment. Second, impeachment is meant to discipline a POTUS during the time in-between elections. Based on the logic of Moore and Rodriguez’s statement, the impeachment of Bill Clinton also undermined the people’s voice in the election of 1996. The near-impeachment of Richard Nixon undermined the people’s voice in the election 1972.
- The statement reads: “They impeached millions of Americans…who believe that it’s precisely the job of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the United States government to intensely obstruct one another in order to check and balance our freewheeling democracy….” I have no idea what this means.
- The statement assumes that one cannot believe “every life is sacred in and out of the womb” and still support impeachment. That’s nonsense. Trump’s impeachment has nothing to do with abortion or any other kind of life issue. He was impeached for abusing power and obstructing Congress.
Retweet if absolutely nothing – not rain, sleet, snow, earthquakes, tornadoes, Antifa, – not anything will stop you from voting for @realDonaldTrump in 2020. #TrumpImpeachment #Trump2020 #GodBlessAmerica #ShamImpeachment
— Gary L Bauer (@GaryLBauer) December 19, 2019
President Trump just asked us to pray for him during the sham impeachment process. Please do that right now. Ask God to soften the hearts of the haters who are further dividing our country for political gain.#Prayer #realDonaldTrump #DrainTheSwamp #DeepStateCoup #PrayerWarriors
— Gary L Bauer (@GaryLBauer) December 18, 2019
Gary Bauer has a unique ability to nicely summarize the court evangelical position in 560 characters.