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January 27, 2020

Evangelicals Love Donald Trump for Many Reasons, But One of Them Is Especially Terrifying

Filed under: Fascism, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 09:24

On many levels, President Donald Trump’s self-created crisis in Iran seems to have no relationship to any sort of coherent foreign policy or geopolitical plan for the future. The assassination has yielded few if any tangible rewards for the US. But there is an eager constituency for Trump’s improvised policy toward the Middle East and Iran in particular: the evangelical Christians who see it as a means of ushering in the return of Christ. Lured by the promise of conservative Supreme Court justices, anti-abortion measures, and a commitment to Christian supremacy under the guise of religious freedom, white evangelicals voted for Trump in higher numbers than any other group—more than 80 percent.

He desperately needs them if he’s going to be reelected. And while some have expressed concern about the administration’s inching toward war with Iran, many of those with what were once fringe beliefs have cheered the killing of Soleimani. “Iran has this big part to play in biblical history,” says religious historian Diana Butler Bass, who grew up in the evangelical church, attended an evangelical college and seminary, and wrote her Ph.D. thesis at Duke University on American fundamentalism. “There are these particular prophecies from Ezekiel, where there is talk of a war that will happen at a very important moment in Israel’s history. And that war is going to kick off the End Times. People in this prophetic community believe Iran is going to be one of these aggressors.”

The State Department did not respond to questions about how Pompeo’s religious views may affect his foreign policy decisions. But it’s not hard to see how apocalyptic evangelicalism might be influencing the Trump administration as it seeks to mobilize the millions of evangelicals reached by televangelists and megachurch pastors preaching the End Times. The most blatant appeal to this constituency came when Trump made the controversial decision to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a long-desired goal of evangelicals who see it as fulfilling a biblical prophecy necessary in securing the Second Coming. What may be less obvious is how Trump’s disdain for international governing bodies like NATO also dovetails almost perfectly with End Times theology, whether he realizes it or not.

Many of those who have become White House regulars are associated with something known as the New Apostolic Reformation, what Christianity Today describes as “a loosely connected group of Pentecostals and Charismatics.” They’re the ones who speak in tongues, scour the news for clues to biblical prophecies, engage in faith healing, and preach prosperity gospel—the notion that faith in God (or, usually, the preacher) will make people wealthy (or at least enrich the preacher). These apostles tend to embrace “dominionist” theology that implores Christians to take over of all levels of government, media, and education as a way of preparing for the End Times and return of Christ. Influential politicians like former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has made several visits to the Trump White House, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and former Trump Energy Secretary Rick Perry fall into this camp.

More information at the link above.   I find these people scary.   Hugs

4 Comments »

  1. It continues to confound and amaze that the evangelicals want to “ignore” so many parts of the Hebrew Bible yet focus on, cling to, preach about, and use scare tactics related to certain scriptures. Especially when the original writers were writing about the times in which they lived … not some apocalyptic future.

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    Comment by Nan — January 27, 2020 @ 12:59

    • Hello Nan. I think the average person in the pews have been conditioned that it is acceptable to put any interpretation on any verse they wish. I have watched YouTube videos of people flat out claiming the bible never supported slavery. As you know one of my big beefs is that they ignore the laws against stuff they like while using those passages to attack LGBTQ+ people. I doubt many know that the prohibition was against male, mostly underage or young, male prostitutes which was very common in those times. It was a religious act to have sex with them so the bible was saying don’t do as the pagans do. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — January 27, 2020 @ 13:14

  2. So the Rapture arrives and Jesus reappears. What then? I very much doubt that Jesus would approve of the way Suleimani was killed if he agreed with the killing at all. I doubt he would approve of Trump breaking faith with Iran after they stuck to their agreement because Iran and her people do not want war. I don’t think he’s approve of the border prison camps either between Mexico and the US. Not that the US don’t have the right to deny access, but because of the way they chose to do so. Christ would surely also have had sympathy for all the Arabs whom he lived amongst who have been pushed from Jerusalem, their land stolen to create property for the occupying Jews.who were his kin. He would have disapproved.The New Testament shows Jesus not to be an Evangelist but to have wanted to live in harmony with others. Those who quote the Old Testament are not quoting things Jesus believed in, they were not from his time hence his current message in the NT. Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You…. Play Nice.
    Hugs.

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    Comment by davidprosser — January 27, 2020 @ 15:45

    • Hello David. These people think when Jesus comes back they, the righteous, will be raised to heaven where they can watch all the people they hate and dislike are tortured and suffere. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — January 27, 2020 @ 16:08


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