Donald Trump was able to slither into the White House in no small part because the religious right decided to vote for him en masse, conveniently ignoring the numerous credible allegations of sexual assault and rape that have been leveled against him over the years, his constant racist rhetoric, and his lifelong apathy towards religious belief. Thanks to hypocrites and willfully ignorant zealots we’ve been saddled with the worst president in American history.
Luckily, some religious blocs were able to maintain their sanity or are starting to regain it, and in doing so have rejected Trump and his evil works. According to The Christian Post, several dozen of the more progressive Evangelical leaders have signed onto a statement opposing a “false narrative” that they identify monolithically as white conservatives.
The statement was mindfully created on the 45th anniversary of the signing of “The Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Concern.” That document outlined the right of the poor and targeted racism behind societal injustices and also included a call for redistributing wealth.
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At least 39 leaders signed the new statement, which is entitled “The Chicago Invitation: Diverse Evangelicals Continue the Journey.” The piece represents a cold splash of reason and compassion in a political climate that has become increasingly fraught and polarized.
“Sadly, in 2018, several false narratives around the identity of evangelicals in the United States undermine Christian witness and distort American politics. Often, evangelicals are identified in the media and by the public as being predominantly white, right wing, and unconcerned about the poor and oppressed,” the statement reads.
The statement then goes on to point out that while 81% of Evangelicals are said to have voted for Trump, that vote only represents white Evangelicals. Once people of color who identify as Evangelical and younger Evangelicals are included a different “picture” emerges that dispels the idea that the entire group cast their ballot for Trump.
“As diverse evangelicals, our faith moves us to confess and lament that we have often fallen short of the biblical values and commitments proclaimed in the Gospel and affirmed in the 1973 Declaration. In addition to the 1973 Declaration, many diverse evangelicals, including women, African-American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and Indigenous leaders, have put out strong statements that have often been ignored. Millions of people, especially young believers, have left the faith during a time in which evangelicalism has become increasingly partisan and politicized,” the document states.
The statement goes on to attack a series of specific national problems included racism, white nationalism, and bigotry in general, calling them “sins against God.”
“We commit to resisting patriarchy, toxic masculinity, and any form of sexism and to always affirm the dignity, voices, and leadership of women,” it reads.
One would be hard-pressed to name an individual who better encapsulates such despicable traits than Donald Trump. He revels in them, and it’s time that the rest of the religious community demonstrate the courage on display in the Evangelicals who have signed this statement. No Christian who truly believes in Jesus’s teachings can support such a man.