Veteran Christian journalist reflects on the evangelical embrace of Donald Trump

Here is a taste of Martin Griffith piece The Sacramento Bee, “Trump-supporting evangelicals must repent after turning blind eye to his evil”:

My conservative parents and Sunday school teachers at the Methodist church in my hometown of Turlock taught me that, in the long run, nothing good comes from associating with an evil man like Trump.

It’s high time for Trump evangelicals to come to their senses about the faith’s central truths and to read what the Bible says matters most to God: love, character and honesty. They must see that Trump clearly fits both the definition of a “fool” in the book of Proverbs, as well as the seven “things” that God finds “detestable.”

According to Proverbs 6: 16-19, the latter are “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.”

And what does Proverbs 16: 12-15 say will happen to people guilty of these sins?

“A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth … who plots evil with deceit in his heart … he always stirs up dissension. Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed … without remedy.”

The passages make clear that the Almighty cares deeply about honesty and character, and suggest it was God’s will for Trump to lose the election.

The truth is that evangelical leaders made a pact with the devil, winning hundreds of judges who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage in exchange for ignoring Trump’s constant lies and moral failings. As a result, they hastened the national descent from strict, fact-based truth and helped Trump warp the political system to the point that many of his supporters are calling the Capitol mob “patriots” and claiming the election was stolen from him.

Read the entire piece here.