According to a Public Religion Research Institute poll, 57% of white evangelicals believe God played a significant role in determining the outcome of the 2016 election. This compares to 36% who trust God influences which sports team wins, and 62% of whom think God rewards athletes of faith.
This brings about the obvious question. If God elected Trump, would that not mean He also put Obama in office? I do not remember any White Evangelicals praying for Obama’s success, nor do I recall them blaming God for Obama’s win. I do, however, vividly recollect a litany of unChristian things said about him for eight years. In fact, they are still being said, and I wonder if they will ever stop. Barack Obama is unAmerican, unChristian, a Muslim Kenyan fraud; it is his fault race relations are worse; his wife is a transvestite. I could go on and on. It is amazing that people who call themselves Christians could say these things and perpetuate such disgusting lies. I sincerely doubt God would approve.
Furthermore, as difficult as it is to believe, do not forget 81% of White Evangelicals voted for Trump. That this number was not 100% has caused a great deal of strife within the Southern Baptist Convention.
Yes, the man who bragged about “grabbing them by the pussy”, and who walked in on underage girls changing clothes at his pageants, has actually created a division amongst the self-righteous. Several churches are putting their support money for the SBC in escrow as a way of protesting Dr. Russell Moore, because he spoke against Trump during the election.
At issue are what the congregation calls “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission [ERLC] that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the Southern Baptist Convention,” according to a statement the church released to Louisiana’s Baptist Message.
Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, will escrow what would amount to $1 million annually, the Message reported Thursday.
At issue, Graham said in the interview, was alleged “disrespectfulness” by ERLC president Russell Moore toward evangelical supporters of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Moore, who publicly opposed Trump during the primary and general election cycles, said in a December blog post he never intended to criticize all evangelicals who supported Trump. (Christianity Today)
If that were not enough to make your hypocrisy bubble burst, several have cited an additional reason for protesting the SBC.
Some Southern Baptists also have criticized the ERLC for joining a friend of the court brief last May in support of a New Jersey Islamic Society’s right to build a mosque. The International Mission Board (IMB) joined the brief as well, and president David Platt apologized Wednesday for the divisive nature of the action.
Religious freedom for me but not for thee! Heaven forbid we actually support and respect others’ religious beliefs.
I honestly believe there is no way to change their minds. Bless their hearts, they are so wrapped up in their delusions, they cannot see how hypocritical they are. The answer is to motivate those who did not vote in the last election to get out and vote.