Evangelicalism in the Trump Era

Before I start with this blog posting I want to make one thing clear: I voted for Donald Trump to become the President of the United States.

I wanted to throw that statement  out there because I will automatically be labeled a never-Trumper with this posting, but this viewpoint is coming from an evangelical perspective.

The Loyalty to Trump

Trump loyalty started in the middle of the Presidential campaign race before his election in 2016. The world has been forever changed after he was seen headed down his escalator to announce that he was running for President. No one truly believed him, which might have been why he was so eager and focused to run and win.

donald trump shrug GIF by Election 201617 people from all different backgrounds decided to run for the Republican nomination for President. Even the governor of my home state of Ohio, Governor Kasich, was attempting to win the nomination. Looking back now, allowing 17 different candidates could have very well been the reason that Trump won the nomination.

theresa may GIF by alexa kerrThere were 16 different political and business leaders vying for the nomination over Donald Trump. 16 different faces but seemingly one voice coming from all of them. Sure, the field was diverse, but there was no diverse opinion among them. 8 years of Barrack Obama left the Republican party tired of political correct garbage and hungry for a fresh face and voice.

Insert Donald Trump here.

As evangelicals we overlooked the personal flaws that Trump carried with him. His personal past with women, his treatment of Fiorina, Bush, Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich was all overlooked to overcome the political norm.

We were all ready for change and we received it. We elected a non – Christian New York democrat who tells it like it is.

Trump secured the evangelical backing because he had announced Mike Pence as his Vice President. Pence is an evangelical conservative from the state of Indiana who most likely will become a President in his future based on his popularity among evangelical conservatives like myself.

A year and a half into his presidency Donald Trump is shaping up to be the most conservative President we have had in decades according to some political commentators. His brash Twitter interactions are overlooked because of his middle of the road common sense views on various issues. His “shoot from the hip” style was portrayed during the campaign and has not wavered from that during his Presidency.

Some of us voted for Donald Trump and some of us did not. We should not, however, waver from praying for the man’s success and for God’s Will to be brought through Donald Trump.

Brothel Owner Wins NV Primary

dennis hofDennis Hof, the famed “pimp” from the HBO series, “Cathouse”, won the NV Republican primary and will probably win the House seat in November. Hof has even written a book titled, “The Art of the Pimp”, which is a play on Trump’s famed book. Below is a quote from his interview with Rolling Stone:

“He’s the Christopher Columbus of politics in my mind. All I’m doing is following him to the new world”

alex jones sudden realization GIFHof’s campaign was also helped by the infamous Roger Stone who you might know from watching InfoWars. Stone has also been all over mainstream news as one of the faces of the Russian investigation.

As I have written and talked about before in my podcast, Pastor Victor Fuentes is backing Hof and will be putting his full support behind the candidate. Fuentes came out with a statement, which is posted below:

“We have politicians, they might speak good words, not sleep with prostitutes, be a good neighbor. But by their decisions, they have evil in their heart. Dennis Hof is not like that”

Politics v Our Faith

I find it interesting when people are so eager to put their political beliefs above their faith and values. Tribal politics has reached a boiling point in this country.

Donald Trump is not a Christian, but from recent reports and an interview from Mike Pence, Trump is very eager for them to pray before meetings. This is a good sign as it signals that President Trump might indeed be converted. Let’s hope that God leads him into a true salvation!

As a Republican I can agree with the sentiment that we have been led by spineless politicians who are more worried about re election than they are about making an actual difference for this nation. This anger and belief overflowed during the 2016 Presidential campaign and we decided to vote for the “outsider”.

Since being elected, Trump has actually led us down a very conservative path. The economy and economic confidence among citizens is booming. Unemployment rates are dropping steadily and he seems to be pioneering the movement to a more protective view on international trade with other nations.

But at what point are we going to put our faith before political victories? I thought that Donald Trump was a far enough stretch for us, but now we nominate a brothel owner? At what point is it too far for us?

God has complete control over everything that has happened and will happen in our political environment. Things may be murky during the storm, but God will bring His Will through it at the end. If we are truly in the last of days as so many of us believe, then we better buckle up and pray because things for this nation will only get worse! God is in control with everything that happens in our great nation and I think we have fallen too far into secular thinking in the political realm. Sure, we should not disengage with politics altogether, but it is as important as ever that we have strong evangelicals in Washington. If we lose there, there will be no hope for us on Main Street.

God bless

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Thabiti Anyabwile and Trump Derangement Syndrome

Quotes from Thabiti Anyabwile are taken from his article in The Washington Post.

Ah yes, Trump Derangement Syndrome has taken root in modern evangelicalism and it has just hit its peak with the recent article in The Washington Post from Thabiti Anyabwile. Thabiti is a pastor in the Washington D.C. area, leading the Anacostia River Church. To no ones surprise, Thabiti is apart of TGC, or “The Gospel Coalition”. This group, in summation, is leading the annoying movement of social Marxism within the modern evangelical church.

I have mixed feelings about TGC as most of the council is made up of pastors and church leaders that I really enjoy. My admiration for these men, however, is becoming rather tainted due to the “degree of separation” rule we must apply in Christianity today. This rule, in summation, is the rule of how close you can be to a false teacher or false gospel movement. Being a working part of TGC would put them within one degree of separation from a false gospel movement.

TGC can be dismantled with one book: The Holy Bible. What are Christians supposed to do about racism, sexism, etc.? Read and be students of the gospel, to become more like Jesus Christ, as we are commanded. The great commission is to go out into the world and make disciples. When I read the NT I never once get an inkling of having to oppress women or minority groups and if we are being honest, TGC does not either. But to garner clicks and social media attention, TGC leaders have chosen to cling onto secular arguments to boost their fame among the world. They have traded in being stewards of the Word for worldly desires and fame.

Trump Derangement Syndrome has taken full hold of Thabiti and it will be interesting to see his fellow TGC brothers and their responses to his statement. My guess is that we will not see anything.

In sheer numbers, more lives are ended by legalized abortion. Christians are correct to focus energy and concern on ending the practice. But in quieter, sometimes less observable ways, the carnage mounts in racial injustice and discrimination.

Take this quote, for example. Thabiti is agreeing that abortion statistics are vile ONLY to turn it back around to argue the carnage of racial injustice and discrimination. He fails to admit, however, that abortion and Planned Parenthood were brought into this country by Margaret Sanger, who was a racist and wanted to wipe out the black race altogether.

The potential nomination of a potential pro-life judge does not, in my opinion, alleviate the concerns I have about the racial injustices this same administration seems to multiply each day. What many evangelicals don’t seem to understand is they’re turning blind eyes to their brethren suffering at the hands of this administration for the long-held hope of overturning Roe. I’m for overturning Roe, but I’m also for protecting black and brown lives from racism and the kind of criminalization that swells our prisons and devastates communities or separates families at the borders.

What is interesting with Thabiti and others that hold this position is that black unemployment is lower than it has ever been. I find it odd that TGC and other evangelical leaders continue to use this racial argument in 2018 when the evidence simply is not there. In micro cases, sure, racism is still here, and will continue to be until Jesus comes back to reign on Earth during the Second Coming.

The same blue collar democrats that voted for Barrack Obama turned around and voted for Donald Trump. We had a black President for two terms and two AG’s in Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch who are also black. Trump also brought into the White House to discuss racial issues ex-NFL players such as Jim Brown and Ray Lewis, and HIRED BEN CARSON to be the HUD SECRETARY. Or is he an “Uncle Tom” because he works for President Trump and is a Republican?

Thabiti has been sickened by Trump Derangement Syndrome and I am afraid it is starting to take root in evangelicalism. We have a monumental opportunity to overturn Roe v Wade and all Thabiti can think about is that he does not want President Trump to be associated with such a monumental victory. I have to wonder, if Trump came to Thabiti to repent of his sins and turn his life to Jesus Christ and ask to be baptized, would Thabiti honor that request?

Phil Johnson’s Twitter timeline greatly summarizes my views on this whole topic. Enjoy:

God bless

Episode 7 – WHCD and Left Culture

 

Welcome in to episode 7 of The Founders Podcast!

 

-Today we will discuss what all happened during the White House Correspondent Dinner and what exactly this means for the culture as a whole, including what is going on in contemporary Christianity.

 

-As Christians in this current culture, it is more important than ever that we need to stand strong against the pagan culture we live in. We must be away from culture as we are also not of this world as born again Christians.

 

-I discuss how we need to continue to love the sinner but hate the sin inside of them. I pray for this comedian and those that were laughing and joking along throughout the night. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Mike Pence showed what it means to be true Christians when dealing with adversity. SHS came out of this looking like the remarkable woman that we all hold her to and I believe this was a great night for her and the President.

 

-This night added to the narrative that the liberal let will hide behind movies and vulgar comedies to support their narrative. They continue to argue that it is okay since it was comedy, but we all know that it went too far, especially with the abortion skit.

 

-The greatest lesson to take from this night is that it is more important than ever, that as Christians, we continue to separate ourselves from this vulgar and hateful world.

 

God bless.

Episode 1 – and so it Begins!

Welcome to Founder’s Podcast!

Today I talk about the top five podcasts that I love to listen to every day. These hosts have influenced my way of thinking, both spiritually and politically.

We get off focus a little on topics such as the new Christian movement, vaccines, alternative news, deep state sell outs, and of course, Donald Trump!

New podcasts every Tuesday and other days as I find time in my schedule. Thanks for listening to the first episode!