Michelle Bachmann, a former member of Congress who made a presidential run in 2012, recently said that Trump has “greater moral clarity” than any president in American history.
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Court evangelical Bachmann does not define what she means by a “biblical president, but I think it has something to do with Israel. She adds, “He is highly biblical and we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetime.”
Does Michelle Bachmann read the Bible?
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“For men, for women, for young people, for blacks, for Hispanics,” we’ve never had it better economically,” she said. “We’ve never had it better on a foreign policy level. We’ve never had a more pro-life president, a more pro-Israel president.”
Nor has there been a chief executive “who cares [more] about the religious liberty,” Bachmann, a featured speaker at the values summit, said in the interview, which aired on SiriusXM Progress.
“He has so rocked everything he’s done,” she said of the president. ’Everything he has touched has literally almost turned to gold on every level. People’s lives are better because of this one man. And I think that can’t be lost. We’ve seen an answer to our prayers from two years ago.”
Really? Is the nation really in better shape under the leadership of a serial liar, an adulterer, a president who caters to racists and xenophobes, disrespects women, who understands “religious liberty” as a code word for the Christian Right’s agenda, and pulls the nation out of international collaborations that benefit the common good, especially on climate change?
Based on Bachmann’s providential view of the world, could we also ask if God is using Trump to punish America?
Yesterday Mike Pence appeared before a group of court evangelicals and Christian nationalists and exhorted them to “share the good news of Jesus Christ.” Here is a taste of a Christian Broadcasting Network piece on Pence’s appearance at the Watchman on the Wall Conference:
In a last second surprise appearance before a pastors conference in Washington DC, Vice President Mike Pence outlined how the Trump administration has championed causes important to the evangelical community and implored them to continue to, “share the good news of Jesus Christ.”
“Other than the service of those who wear the uniform of the United States especially our cherished fallen, the ministries that you lead and the prayers that you pray are the greatest consequence in the life of the nation,” the vice-president told those attending the 2018 Watchman on the Wall conference sponsored by the Family Research Council.
“Keep preaching the good news. Keep preaching in season and out of season as the Bible says. Always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have,” he continued.
So just what did Pence mean by “the good news of Jesus Christ?” Here are some possible options:
Unfortunately, the real message of the Gospel–the “good news”–has been corrupted in the minds of so many Americans because of Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and the kind of people who gathered at the “Watchman on the Wall” event. These men and women have exchanged the Gospel for political power and at the very least have funneled the “good news” through the lens of partisan politics. Their gospel is Christian nationalism and it is best preached with a healthy dose of fear, power, and nostalgia.
And as long as we are at it, let’s name some of the names of the people who spoke at this event:
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Former Minnesota Congresswomen and court evangelical Michelle Bachman has it all figured out.