A court evangelical melts down after the first debate

Jim Garlow, one of the lesser-known court evangelicals, recently offered his thoughts on Tuesday night’s first presidential debate. Garlow is the former senior pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, California. He has a Ph.D in historical theology from Drew University, a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary.

As we get closer to the election, the court evangelical rhetoric is getting more intense and more desperate. Here is a taste of Garlow’s newsletter to his followers (italics are his, red comments are mine):

Greetings Friends,

Tuesday night’s debate was …well…not a debate.  Totally agree, but not for the same reasons.

And – fair warning – this is not going to be easy to read. If you are tough, continue. If not, best to stop. No snowflakes beyond this point.Another example of the kind of masculinity Kristen Kobes Du Mez writes about in Jesus and John Wayne.

Many reported on social media that they were exhausted and barely made it through the debate. Some prided themselves that they turned it off. How noble. Especially when you consider that the President has been getting by on four hours of sleep for four years trying to save the Republic. “Trying to save the Republic?” From what I understand, Trump spends a significant portion of his day on “executive time.”

Some said it made them feel “uncomfortable.” Sorry to be so direct but…tough! The debate we witnessed was merely a reflection of our entire polarized nation. That was not “them” on the platform. That is us. We are a people deeply divided. I would hope it would make you uncomfortable…so uncomfortable that you will take action to stand greater, stronger, better, and more efficiently for biblical truth. GOOD vs. EVIL.

And for the record, this is no longer the nice Republican Party against the nice Democrat Party. This is not even Right vs. Left. We are way beyond that.

This is right vs. wrong. This is Good vs. Evil.

This is people who cherish the lives of the most defenseless and innocent among us vs. those who want to kill babies up to the moment of birth – and even after. And even after? Is Garlow referring to this debunked claim?

This is between people who honor God in the sacredness of marriage vs. those who want to legitimatize and legalize every conceivable sodomous act and reduce criminalization of adults having sex with young children (new California law).

This is between those who value peace, serenity and order in our communities vs. those who applaud burning, violence, murder and mayhem, either by silence (Biden) or by helping to arrange bail for lawbreakers (Kamala Harris) who get back out (via The Bail Project) and commit acts of violence all over again. Notice the race-baiting here. Garlow’s words sounds like he was sleeping during our summer of racial unrest.

This is between people who understand that Genesis says that we were created male and female by God vs. those who are so warped in their thinking that they think there are 56 genders. I don’t know any Democrats who believe in 56 genders.

Do I wish the President had not interrupted so much? Of course. And I would wish the same of Joe Biden…. Does anyone who honestly watched this debate believe that Biden interrupted Trump more than Trump interrupted Biden?

One person private messaged me and said, “The President was rude, so I might not vote for him.” Well, okay. But maybe it would be a lot smarter to ask, “Why was the President so forceful, so strong?” That might be a good question to ask.

Okay, let me be blunt. We are in war. Real war. We are in a civil war, and you must realize it. I call it the “Uncivil War” which began in 2020. I do not know when it will end. Nor who will win.

And it really is war. This nation may not survive. Some have said that for years. But what has been said in the past is now unfolding.

YOU MAY NOT HAVE A COUNTRY IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. Really? This is nothing but fearmongering.

(The radical left somehow got on our mailing list. They pick out key phrases and write articles on them. Dear Lefties, you might want to print the sentence above.) Since I am referencing this newsletter I assume Garlow will think I am part of this “radical left.” Feel free to read the newsletter by clicking on the link below.

I too wish the President would not have interrupted so much, but to be blunt, he sees where we are, what is happening to our nation, and he is fighting…hard. For you. Even you who are worried about him interrupting.

President Trump is like the Hoover Dam holding back a plethora of evil. And you are worried about him interrupting? 

Several years ago, I asked a group of people to pray about the condition of our nation. Unfortunately, what came was a bunch of weak, tepid prayers. “Dear Jesus, Thank you for this day” type prayers. A bit snowflakey. Wimpy. Wow! This gives a new meaning to the phrase “prayer warriors.”

I stopped the group and said, “Either we don’t know how to pray, or we don’t understand the seriousness of the situation.” And then, since it was 2017 and ISIS was spreading across several nations terrorizing, raping and killing, I said, “Pray as if ISIS was one-half mile away, coming after you and your family.” More fearmongering.

I did not say that to be hyperbolic or melodramatic. Really? I would love to read what you write when you ARE being “hyperbolic and melodramatic.”

I said it because, that is where we are today.

In the next long session of the newsletter Garlow compares Trump favorably to Mother Theresa. Then he continues:

While some Facebooking Christians were all in a twaddle about, “Oh no, the President interrupted Joe,” the nation is going to hell. Sorry to drop the bomb on us all. 

Garlow then has a long session on how debate moderator Chris Wallace was unfair to Trump before he moves on to a discussion of white supremacy:

And then there is the absurd charge that the President encourages white supremacists. Let’s be clear, racism is sin. White supremacy is sin. There is only one supremacy, and that is the Supremacy of Jesus Christ. 

The President has a phenomenal record with Black and Brown communities. He stepped in, with financial aid, when he learned that predominantly Black colleges were economically floundering. He delivered an economy that brought Black and Brown unemployment to the lowest in recorded history. His nearly 9,000 “Opportunity Zones” in urban communities (remarkably, few even know of this!) were making a profound difference, until Democrat Governors and Mayors allowed Antifa and BLM to riot and burn. 

Donald Trump, as a business man, has a long history of hiring and promoting Blacks. 

I served on the campaign’s “Faith Advisory Board,” with numbers of Blacks. The President has had an attentive and responsive ear to Black and Brown concerns, and has acted quickly on behalf of justice. His prison reform leadership has been stellar.  Trump is a racist. There is no other way to explain his multiple failures to address race.

Know this: When the liberal-progressives run out of ideas (which is all the time), they resort to their classic default technique, that it, they call everyone who disagrees with them a “racist.” This is their fallback screed. It gets old. When there is no logic, screaming “racist” is all they know.

Why do they do it? Progressives are panicked because Blacks are leaving the enslavement of the Democratic “plantation” by the thousands in the #WalkAway movement. Liberals are terrified because Blacks are discovering actual principles – biblical economic principles, I might add – which give them genuine socioeconomic lift.

If you were offended by the President’s rudeness, let me tell you how important that is, or isn’t. In this moment of crisis, that is about to become the least of your concerns. You are about to lose your country. The last thing you are going to be fretting about very soon is how many times Donald Trump interrupted Joe Biden. Frankly, if Biden wins, you are going to be wishing the President would have interrupted him much more. 

One lady wrote me that since the President was rude, she might not vote for him. I wrote back, “That is like saying, ‘I am not going to drive the car because the hubcaps fell off.’” Hubcaps are nice. They add something special. But they are not essential to basic transportation. And in this crisis, we need basic transportation. 

Why am I so blunt? Because when you have an intercontinental missile coming at you, you best not be complaining about a mosquito on your arm. 

Then one of my buddies posted on Facebook how he refuses to get in the political fray, and people fell all over themselves applauding his courage and wisdom for being politically-governmentally disengaged. How pathetic. They even went on to bellow about how dirty politics is. Yes, it is. Because the “clean” people, like the ones writing that, are getting out.

For goodness sake, stay in. Stay in the fray. It ain’t fun. It’s rough.
But stay in. 

Yes, maintain a purity of heart and conformity with the Spirit, but stay in. Never yield to the wrong kind of anger. (The Bible says there are three types and one of them is a holy righteous anger.) Have the right type of anger. Keep a smile on your face, but stay in. Stay as winsome as you can, but push back. And push back hard…with truth…and love. Learn to take the heat. 

Founding Father Benjamin Rush said, “Every citizen of a republic must watch for the state as if its liberties depended upon his vigilance alone.” Amen! Political jealousy is a laudable passion.

Want to know why? Because it does.

We Christians have a skill in destroying our country. How? Our passivity and inaction. Again, totally agree with these words.

Ninety million Christians in America are eligible to vote. But forty million fail to vote in presidential election cycles. And fifteen million are not even registered. 

Is it any wonder that policies are enacted that are contrary to biblical values? Not participating in the civic and political arenas is – how do I say this nicely? – sin. Billy Graham said, “If America is to survive, we must elect more God-centered men and women to public office, individuals who will seek Divine guidance in the affairs of state.” There is also this.

So activate. Get in the fray. Involve yourself.

Don’t pride yourself for “staying out of politics.”Stay on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Stay kind, but stay on. Focus not on personalities, but on issues. On policies. On principles. Form relationships – yes even friendships – with those who are unbiblical in their thinking. Impact them. But stay in the game. 

And vote. Vote biblical values.

Read it all here.