Letter to White Evangelicals

GrondaMorin.com is a blog I just recently started following. From what I’ve seen so far, the posts are primarily politically oriented with large dollops of criticism about the current administration. Although Gronda describes herself as “a person of faith,” in a recent post she worries that “peoples will judge all Christians including Evangelicals by the 80% of White Evangelicals’ lack of courage and decency to stand up for what’s right.”

She then presents a letter written by John Pavlovitz (see this article) that I felt was well worth sharing. In it, Mr. Pavlovitz addresses the Evangelicals who continue to give cover to President Trump’s abusive way of treating others and for his chronic lying.”  It’s titled“This is Why People Are Through With You.” 

Following is his letter …

Dear White Evangelicals,

I need to tell you something: People have had it with you.

They’re done.

They want nothing to do with you any longer, and here’s why:

They see your hypocrisy, your inconsistency, your incredibly selective mercy, and your thinly veiled supremacy.

For eight years they watched you relentlessly demonize a black President; a man faithfully married for 26 years; a doting father and husband without a hint of moral scandal or the slightest whiff of infidelity.

They watched you deny his personal faith convictions, argue his birthplace, and assail his character—all without cause or evidence. They saw you brandish Scriptures to malign him and use the laziest of racial stereotypes in criticizing him.

And through it all, White Evangelicals—you never once suggested that God placed him where he was,

you never publicly offered prayers for him and his family,
you never welcomed him to your Christian Universities,
you never gave him the benefit of the doubt in any instance,
you never spoke of offering him forgiveness or mercy,
your evangelists never publicly thanked God for his leadership,
your pastors never took to the pulpit to offer solidarity with him,
you never made any effort to affirm his humanity or show the love of Jesus to him in any quantifiable measure.

You violently opposed him at every single turn—without offering a single ounce of the grace you claim as the heart of your faith tradition.You jettisoned Jesus as you dispensed damnation on him.

And yet today, you openly give a “mulligan” to a white Republican man so riddled with depravity, so littered with extramarital affairs, so unapologetically vile, with such a vast resume of moral filth—that the mind boggles.

And the change in you is unmistakable. It has been an astonishing conversion to behold: a being born again.

With him, you suddenly find religion.
With him, you’re now willing to offer full absolution.
With him, all is forgiven without repentance or admission.
With him you’re suddenly able to see some invisible, deeply buried heart.
With him, sin has become unimportant, compassion no longer a requirement.
With him, you see only Providence.

And White Evangelicals, all those people who have had it with you—they see it all clearly.

They recognize the toxic source of your inconsistency.

They see that pigmentation and party are your sole deities.
They see that you aren’t interested in perpetuating the love of God or emulating the heart of Jesus.
They see that you aren’t burdened to love the least, or to be agents of compassion, or to care for your Muslim, gay, African, female, or poor neighbors as yourself.
They see that all you’re really interested in doing, is making a God in your own ivory image and demanding that the world bow down to it.
They recognize this all about white, Republican Jesus—not dark-skinned Jesus of Nazareth.

And I know you don’t realize it, but you’re digging your own grave in these days; the grave of your very faith tradition.

Your willingness to align yourself with cruelty is a costly marriage. Yes, you’ve gained a Supreme Court seat, a few months with the Presidency as a mouthpiece, and the cheap high of temporary power—but you’ve lost a whole lot more.

You’ve lost an audience with millions of wise, decent, good-hearted, faithful people with eyes to see this ugliness.
You’ve lost any moral high ground or spiritual authority with a generation.
You’ve lost any semblance of Christlikeness.
You’ve lost the plot.
And most of all you’ve lost your soul.

I know it’s likely you’ll dismiss these words. The fact that you’ve even made your bed with such malevolence, shows how far gone you are and how insulated you are from the reality in front of you.

But I had to at least try to reach you. It’s what Jesus would do.

No matter where you stand on the religious scale, I think you’ll find it difficult to disagree with this condemnation of “White Evangelicals.”

Is the Republican Party Doomed?

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One of my blog followers recently left the following comment on this post. I felt it needed a wider audience and have duplicated it here.

Do you agree?

I’ve never seen anything like this in the 35 years I’ve followed politics. Never. However, the writing on the wall’s been here for some time. My theory is that the ultra conservative Republican Party is in its death throes, and is desperately trying to hang on to a belief that America is here only for conservative white males who feel entitled to have “their” country serve just them, the true, real Americans. Obama becoming President is, and was, a clear sign that the country is not made up of just conservative whites. Their anger and rage at Obama for pointing this fact out to them, by being elected, twice, is the fuel that now feeds the beast known as tRump.

The Republican Party consists, as it has for 20 years or more now, of bullies who refuse to follow the constitution unless, of course, it serves their conservative agenda. Republicans who wonder were tRump came from need look no further than the Republican Senate that refuses to even speak to Obama’s SCOTUS nominee. Bully behavior breeds bullies. There’s no surprise tRump is here. The Republicans created him, and now, they can’t control him. Good job fellas. Good job.

Politics is Just a Way to Make Money

moneyfallingIn the local paper, a gentleman wrote a letter that contained some very good points and, in my opinion, perfectly describes the current situation in our (U.S.) government.

Here are some excerpts:

Let’s stop pretending that this whole mess is President Barack Obama’s fault. This has been years building up.

It was years of inflation and the top taking whatever they wanted while controlling the government.

It has been years of special interest groups pushing through their agenda with money, oil companies making sure we are dependent on their product, tax breaks for corporations while they outsource millions of jobs every year. These groups, which are making record profits every year, are keeping us busy fighting between two parties while they make off like bandits.

Politics is now just a way to make money, not a way to help your nation.

He also urges people to research things for themselves and not just listen to your party’s beliefs because, when it comes down to it, both parties will change their beliefs for some cold hard cash.

I think few can deny that everything nowadays is about M-O-N-E-Y. And if it weren’t for the GREED of some, others might not be worrying about how to make their next house payment, put food on the table, and/or gas in the car.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer. Do you?

Sarah Palin-Behind the Scenes

For those who think Sarah Palin is the cat’s meow, I urge you to read Chapter 22 of “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (available at most libraries).

The book is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what went on in the Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain camps during the 2008 presidential campaign.

The authors tell how Sarah was picked as McCain’s VP running mate and what happened as she prepared to fill her role in the campaign. If you can read the chapter with an open mind, I think you will find it very revealing.

As I’ve said all along, Sarah is a beauty queen who loves being in the spotlight. She has learned the art of saying just what people want to hear — and has raked in millions of dollars doing it. But as a presidential candidate? God forbid! Winks, lipstick, and cute aphorisms may win the hearts of her fans, but it takes a great deal more than that to run a country. And she’s greatly lacking in that department.

Don’t believe me? Put aside some time to visit your local library and read the chapter.

P.S. If she ever were to become president, what guarantee would we have she wouldn’t quit after a few months on the job?