“Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.” St. Teresa of Avila
Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. GK Chesterton
How can you expect God to speak in that gentle and inward voice which melts the soul, when you are making so much noise with your rapid reflections? Be silent, and God will speak again. Francois Fenelon
After the forays of the Religious Right into politics in the 1980s, Evangelical leaders have been busy warning the church about seeking influence in the political. That is, until Trump became President. Now those same leaders can’t help themselves and have jumped into the political with both feet, but on the Left side of the pool.
Evangelicals voted for Trump in the range of 75%+, but not their leaders. In fact, in significant measure their leaders are turning on the Evangelical church at the same time they have Trump in their crosshairs. Evangelicalism is my home. I know it. I know its leaders, its books, its organizations, its history, its subculture, its subsets, its networks, etc. It is the air I breath. A rift is opening up between these leaders and their host churches.
They are using church resources to try to push the church left. I suspect that they are not willing to burden themselves with the umbrage mainstream culture is heaping on Pew Guy. They have made their peace with abortion and SSM. It does not come up in their discussions, teaching and writings. Their homage to these issues does not extend beyond a tip of the hat. By and large, they are comfortable enlisting the power of the State to tax for the purposes of their version of the Kingdom of God on earth.
We already know what happened to the Mainline denominations when they tried this. As many Evangelical leaders simply drift off to the Left, the distance between them and historically Evangelical movements and churches will increase. Pew Guy will wake up, is waking up, to this gap and realizing that their leaders do not speak for them.
As I have said, I am down to my fingernails a product of Evangelicalism. When it sneezes, I get a cold. I am getting lots of colds!! The virus of the Mainlines has now mutated to Evangelicalism, weakening its ability to stand as a bulwark against the crashing waves of moral fads and civilizationally dark forces. Trump or no Trump, my largest concern is the moral weakening and intellectual anemia of Evangelical leadership.
If Evangelicalism goes, the floodgates are open.
Praise is more spontaneous when things go right; but it is more precious when things go wrong.
To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin. Thomas Aquinas
Don’t change the stones in God’s will for bread outside God’s will. Bruce Waltke