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There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump.
said Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s founder and chairman.
Reed is partially right; for many evangelical Christians, there is no political figure whom they have loved more than Donald Trump.
The rallygoers, he said, told him that Trump’s era “is spiritually driven.
” When I asked whether he meant by this that Trump’s supporters believe God’s hand is on Trump, this moment and at the election—that Donald Trump is God’s man, in effect—he told me,
“Yes—a number of people said they believe there is no other way to explain his victories.
There’s a very high cost to our politics for celebrating the Trump style, but what is most personally painful to me as a person of the Christian faith is the cost to the Christian witness.
Nonchalantly jettisoning the ethic of Jesus in favor of a political leader who embraces the ethic of Thrasymachus and Nietzsche—might makes right, the strong should rule over the weak,
justice has no intrinsic worth, moral values are socially constructed and subjective—is troubling enough.
But there is also the undeniable hypocrisy of people who once made moral character, and especially sexual fidelity, central to their political calculus and who are now embracing
a man of boundless corruptions.
Don’t forget: Trump was essentially named an unindicted co-conspirator (“Individual 1”) in a scheme to make hush-money payments to a porn star who alleged she’d had an affair with him while he was
married to his third wife, who had just given birth to their son.
While on the Pacific Coast last week, I had lunch with Karel Coppock, whom I have known for many years and who has played an important role in my Christian pilgrimage.
In speaking about the widespread, reflexive evangelical support for the president, Coppock—who is theologically orthodox and generally sympathetic to conservatism
—lamented the effect this moral freak show is having, especially on the younger generation.
With unusual passion, he told me, “We’re losing an entire generation.
They’re just gone.
It’s one of the worst things to happen to the Church.”
as punishment for the murder of one of his generals.
Ambrose refused to allow the Church to become a political prop, despite concerns that doing so might endanger him.
Ambrose spoke truth to power.
(Theodosius ended up seeking penance, and Ambrose went on to teach, convert, and baptize St. Augustine.)
Proximity to power is fine for Christians, Coppock told me, but only so long as it does not corrupt their moral sense, only so long as they don’t allow their faith to become politically weaponized.
Yet that is precisely what’s happening today.
Evangelical Christians need another model for cultural and political engagement, and one of the best I am aware of has been articulated by the artist Makoto Fujimura,
who speaks about “culture care” instead of “culture war.”
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