Elite Evangelicals still cannot stomach the fact that 80 percent of their brethren voted for Donald Trump.
Take Cal Thomas’s latest turgid column, which is full of logical holes and accusations of impiety. He hates the fact that so many of his fellow believers decided Trump was the better choice in 2016. Thomas talks about “the support, even adulation, even fawning, of some in” the “tribe” who support President Trump.
He then curiously shifts to questioning if Trump voters are really following Christ’s teachings: “If God is supreme and Jesus is Savior, doesn’t it follow that their commands and teachings should be paramount?” So it’s a zero sum game; either you voted for Trump or you’re with Christ (Hillary?). This is beyond dumb.
He adds, “There is no expectation, much less any command, for believers to prop up a fallen world through government.” This is an argument for Christians never to participate in government or politics since the world will remain fallen until Christ’s return. Even Rod Dreher thinks this is a bridge too far.
His next argument is a doozy:
What would be the world’s perception of evangelicals if they started obeying the commands of their true leader? Those commands are to love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, feed the hungry (that’s personal, not government), clothe the naked, visit those in prison and care for widows and orphans.
So Christians aren’t trying to follow any of Christ’s commands? No one who voted for Trump has done any of those good things he lists? He must have not seen the story about Trump supporters donating nearly $24,000 to an immigrant who owned a limo that was burned to a crisp by leftist mobs shortly after the inauguration.
Thomas’s piece is simply the latest in an endless stream of essays and think pieces by commentators and talking heads bashing Christians. Preferring suicide instead of thumos, Thomas shows us why the elite Evangelical world is just as toothless and feckless as their elite counterparts in the “conservative” movement.