A couple of brief articles about evangelical Christians and politics. The new Republican tax law is taxing churches, and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is not pleased. John Fea wrote an article for Atlantic about the history of evangelicalism in the United States and its roots in fear. According to the influential Messiah College professor Donald Trump is the latest iteration. And Raw Story had an article about how evangelicals are worshiping Donald Trump over Jesus.
“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.“
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:18 NKJV
Downtown Washington, D.C. in rush hour.
Neo-Calvinism is not the only issue in evangelicalism, on the traditional side you have evangelicals and politics and their culture wars. There are several articles related to this area that deserve attention. This will be a brief post but let’s quickly cover some ground. The new Republican tax law has hit churches and non-profits and churches are being taxed. The new tax law requires churches (among other organizations) to pay 21% taxes on fringe benefits. The National Association of Evangelicals has condemned the law and the Evangelical Counsel for Financial Accountability has denounced the law. If you want to read more you can do so in Politico in, “Republican tax law hits churches.” A while back I wrote about why churches should lose their 501 (c)(3) status in, “Should 501(c)(3) Status End for Churches? If Evangelical Christianity Can Not Police Itself Against Criminal Activity, Fraud, and Waste…then Yes 501(c)(3) Status Should End.”
John Fea, a professor at Messiah College outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who I recommend and respect wrote a strong article for The Atlantic. The article John wrote looks at the history of evangelical Christians in the United States and how that history is intertwined with fear. The history of fear with evangelicals begins in Salem, Massachusetts with the fear of witches ended up hanging 19 people. From there the sad saga continues to evangelical Christians being xenophobic and fearing Catholics who immigrated from Ireland and Europe in the 19th century. Then from how evangelicals reacted during the Civil War to the threat of science in the Scopes monkey trial in Tennessee. The fact that 81% of evangelicals embraced Donald Trump is the latest iteration of evangelical Christians living in fear. You can read more from John Fea in, “Evangelical Fear Elected Trump.” John Fea is quoted again in his new book coming out about the evangelical road to embrace Donald Trump. In Raw Story it is written that many evangelicals are following Donald Trump over Jesus. This article originally appeared in Salon magazine. You can read about this in, “Blinded by darkness: Here is why evangelicals are choosing Donald Trump over Jesus.” From time to time there will be more articles about this issue which is found mostly in traditional evangelicalism.