Another Reason Why Evangelicalism Needs to Die and Disappear into the History Books. According to Pew Most White Evangelicals Don’t Think COVID-19 is a Medical Crisis

A Pew Research Center poll came out in late March that surveyed white American evangelicals. According to the survey most white Evangelical Christians think COVID-19 is not a serious health situation and that it is overblown. This information helps remind me why I have pushed back from evangelicalism

“The world is ill-prepared to respond to a severe influenza pandemic or to any similarly global, sustained and threatening public-health emergency.

International Health Regulations Review Committee (2011)

I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:8-9 NIV

New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

This blog has written about and seen many of the problems within evangelicalism. Its a smorgasbord of issues. From hyper-authoritarianism, control, and tyranny by some Neo-Calvinsts to hyper-partisanship, culture wars, and Christian nationalism in mainstream and regular evangelical Arminian theology. I see a lot of stuff that leaves me disgusted and wanting to shake my head. The other day I saw something that took my breath away and I once again came to the conclusion and asked…why does Evangelical Christianity exist in the United States? 

 

Pew Survey States that a Majority of Evangelicals Think that COVID-19 is Not a Serious Health Threat 

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American think tank based here in the Washington, D.C. area. It does polling, research into American social issues, politics,  public opinion and demographic trends, If you read any newspaper or watch regular news you see their material, as it is used regularly.  In early March of 2020 Pew did a survey of white evangelicals from March 10 through 16. In the United States COVID-19 was declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. Here is what Pew says. 

Around three-quarters of white evangelicals (77%) say they are at least somewhat confident that Trump is doing a good job responding to the outbreak, including roughly half who say they are very confident. Majorities of white evangelicals say Trump has assessed the risks of the situation correctly (64%) and that the crisis has been blown out of proportion by the media (76%), while just a quarter (24%) say Trump hasn’t taken risks tied to the coronavirus seriously enough. By comparison, about half of Americans overall (52%) say Trump has underplayed the risks, including majorities who say this among the religiously unaffiliated (64%), black Protestants (67%) and Jews (73%).

If you want to read more you can do so in the following articles. “Most white evangelicals satisfied with Trump’s initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak” and “Pew: Most white evangelicals don’t think COVID-19 poses a major threat to Americans’ health.” 

 

How Did We Get Here? Hostility to Science? Christian Nationalism? Just Classic Ignorance? 

Yesterday I had a text exchange with someone who lived in the New York City area. Despite what was happening he was convinced that COVID-19 was just the flu. And that it was not that bad.  I dropped the conversation instead of pursuing it because I saw it not going anywhere. But how did we get like this? Were evangelicals this ignorant during the measles or polio epidemics earlier in the 20th century? I read that Pew survey and remain baffled and troubled. How did we get here? Is it due to the fact that evangelicals are hostile to science and have long rejected it? Is it due to the hostility to intellectualism and learning? I thought education was important after all how many Baptists or evangelical schools do we have? Honestly its quite a few. Did we get to this point because many evangelicals have merged their faith and politics?  The two are inseparable and come together? Is that how this comes about? Or does the embrace of white evangelicals of Christian nationalism help bring this about. Your political and theological savior has called COVID-19 a Democrat hoax and he is being encouraged on by Fox. Thus, if you’re a white evangelical you go with the flow. We know that whatever is stated on Fox News takes precedent and is more important than the Bible. To hell with the least of these, your neighbor, and showing the love of Christ and more. Is that how we got here? 

 

Evangelical Christianity Needs to Disappear. It Serves No Viable Purpose

As I was working on this post tonight word started to break out on Twitter that COVID-19 is popping up at Liberty University. Close to 1,000 students some from high infection areas were encouraged to come back to campus in central Virginia. That is the topic for tomorrow’s blog. But I wrote about my fears with this topic in, “Jerry Falwell Jr is Keeping Liberty University Open as Local Officials and Marybeth Davis Baggett Plead Otherwise. Remember if its Christian It Must Be Better. That Applies to the Bodybags Liberty Will Use During a Pandemic.” 

I have communicated that I don’t believe evangelicalism can be reformed and that as a movement it is fatally flawed. Its part of the reason why I have pushed back from it and mostly become a theological nothing. There are many problems and the problems keep growing as time passes by. Here we are in the start of a pandemic and white evangelicals are dismissing this pandemic. Likewise I have seen some of this behavior from some in the EFCA community and also the ex-Harvest Bible Chapel and Acts 29 community. A blatant disregard to face the facts. Pandemics happen and history is full of them. Here in the United States we have pandemics every so often. Influenza, small-pox, measles, scarlet fever, etc… have all happened in the history of the United States from colonial times to current. Why can’t evangelicals understand that? 

As I look at the landscape of white evangelicalism I see nothing but carnage, pain, abuse, scandal and now an inability by many to take a pandemic seriously. Why is that? What happened to loving your neighbor and caring for them? Or for caring about your community and more? I can’t understand this at all. The only logical conclusion that I can come to is that evangelicalism serves no functioning or healthy purpose. Its time for it to die and to disappear into the history books. It can join movements like the Shakers. Those who think the movement will rebound or recover are really fooling themselves. The evidence is screaming us in the face. In a pandemic that can claim as many as 200,000 Americans the fact that white evangelicals are saying that its not that bad is horrific.  My reaction is enough! Enough! It’s time for evangelicalism to disappear. When it leaves make sure it crawls away in shame with its head held low and goes back to the pit of hell that the movement crawled out of. That is all I have to say for this Pew survey. 

 

14 thoughts on “Another Reason Why Evangelicalism Needs to Die and Disappear into the History Books. According to Pew Most White Evangelicals Don’t Think COVID-19 is a Medical Crisis

  1. I guess I can’t argue with the stats, but I HATE labels like evangelicals. I’m a Christian. I believe in sharing about Jesus with others. If I didn’t I’d be a total hypocrite. I guess that makes me an evangelical?

    But while I have great faith, even in some things I can’t understand, I also believe in science, Duh. I have no idea how my car engine works, how the Internet works, how medications work, but they all do. There is a science behind everything, but also a faith that they work.

    For Coronavirus… I believe if I were to die for any reason I would be with Jesus in Heaven, but I’m not going to hasten it by acting irresponsibly meeting in social gatherings, not washing my hands, not taking precautions. That is just foolish. It’s like Jesus telling satan He wasn’t going to jump off a building even if the angels could be dispatched to save Him. That would have just been stupid.

    So there are a segment of us “evangelicals” (if that is what I am) who don’t believe everything Trump says (everyone knows he exaggerates and spins), who appreciate science and medicine, but also have faith.

    And I will be the first to tell you I am disgusted at what the American Church has become, all the production, the scandals, the money… but it isn’t every church and it certainly isn’t all the people in those churches. I’m not sure I know one 100% Trump follower or science denier.

    I appreciate your articles even if we might not agree on things, just please help not make this a divisive thing because some of us are getting stuck in a label that doesn’t represent us. We’re people just hoping and praying like the rest of everyone for brighter days ahead. And hey, if science brings the answer through medicine then I can praise God for that!

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    • So there are a segment of us “evangelicals” (if that is what I am) who don’t believe everything Trump says (everyone knows he exaggerates and spins), who appreciate science and medicine, but also have faith.
      Listen to the guy who’s seen a similar pattern in 20+ years in Furry Fandom:

      LOUD CRAZIES HAVE A WAY OF DEFINING THE PUBLIC FACE OF A GROUP. IF NOT ACTUALLY HIJACKING IT. BECAUSE THE LOUD CRAZIES CAN OUT-SCREAM AND OUTLAST EVERYONE ELSE. Because they have no lives or reason for existence outside of their obsession/agenda; in it they live and move and have their being.

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      • Not sure I understand the reply, but thanks for weighing in. I appreciate this log alot and wouldn’t try to hijack it if that was the concern. And I’d agree there are a lot of “crzies” out there who blindly follow a radical, right winged, ultra conservative mindset, however, I hate those labels too. Labels dare convenient but they tend to divide.

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      • John you are fine. Diverse points of view are healthy and good. The more the better. There are a lot of people who have a lot of wise things to say. Please feel free to speak your mind. You are always welcome to.

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    • Got the blockquotes right this time.

      So there are a segment of us “evangelicals” (if that is what I am) who don’t believe everything Trump says (everyone knows he exaggerates and spins), who appreciate science and medicine, but also have faith.

      Listen to the guy who’s seen a similar pattern in 20+ years in Furry Fandom:
      LOUD CRAZIES HAVE A WAY OF DEFINING THE PUBLIC FACE OF A GROUP. IF NOT ACTUALLY HIJACKING IT. BECAUSE THE LOUD CRAZIES CAN OUT-SCREAM AND OUTLAST EVERYONE ELSE. Because they have no lives or reason for existence outside of their obsession/agenda; in it they live and move and have their being.

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  2. I agree with your article except for one point that I respectfully disagree with. I think evangelicalism will be reformed and forced to do so because of the current circumstances.

    Liberty University is being hot with COVID-19 as well as many of the mega-churches whose leaders mocked the warnings. Loss of credibility will come with body bags, funerals, and the reality that governmental bodies were right about COVID-19 all the time.

    When we finally get through these dark times, it will be impossible to predict what we will see at the far end, but the Church in the United States will be forced to change and to adapt to the new financial, cultural, and spiritual realities that there are forces in the world the Church is powerless against and must flow with realities, not baseless claims that make Christians look like fools.

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    • THAT is a good question.
      Has anyone done a study on this?
      I understand previous studies have shown White & Black Evangelicals differ considerably in attitude, especially when it comes to political affiliation; that’s why we’re using the qualifier “White Evangelicals”.

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  3. From what i saw and read, the Democrats are the ones who didn’t think that the virus was any big deal. Just last night, i read an NBC News story that the virus infections are in 77 percent of counties that voted Hillary. Days ago, newspapers, mayors, etc., where telling people to go about their lives, not to worry, that it’s no worse than the flu, so have parades in New Orleans, go to the beach… and, might i remind you, that the younger generation doesn’t give a rip about government orders… they think that they are invincible. They eat tide pods, for crying out loud. Does that sound like people afraid to die of a virus?

    But you want tho make this about white evangelicals? Shame on you.

    Go back and find out facts about who, whom, the newspapers, mayors, cable news, college kids, etc., that were downloading this. It ain’t Christians.

    We have black Christians, Hispanic Christians, Palestinian Christians, Chinese Christians, etc.

    Maybe you should move to Germany with your buddy HUG. They killed the Jews. Maybe this time you can get your wish, and Angela will kill all the Christians.

    Ed Chapman

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  4. How am I doing thru this crisis? Glad ya asked, thank you!! Couldn’t be better! Paid vacation. Unemployment at $333 per week, PLUS $600 per week ON TOP OF THAT when my state finally updates their computers, PLUS $1,200, and I was SMART ENOUGH to NOT GET THE VIRUS.

    Sometime in my past, I learned that virus’s were contagious. My mother made sure that I knew to STAY HOME if I was sick, or to STAY away or stay HOME from PEOPLE that was CONTAGIOUS.

    We didn’t need a PRESIDENT to tell us that. She taught me how to CHEW MY FOOD with my mouth shut, and how to cover my mouth when I cough and sneeze.

    Wondering Eagle needs government officials and scientists to inform him these things. My mom didn’t hold a paying job. She was a homemaker. She didn’t have the education that scientists did.

    MOTHERS KNOWS BEST. Even a scientist has a mother.

    Only the left WOKE people need a WIZARD OF OZ to tell them to STAY HOME. For the rest of us, it’s JUST COMMON SENSE.

    Ed Chapman

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  5. Wondering,

    I think your article here is extremely irresponsible, and haste in your conclusions. Your hatred for JESUS clouds your INSANE mind. It’s not Christians that you hate. You never focus on THE MAIN MAN, Jesus.

    Not sure if you were aware of this or not, but science hasn’t figured out how to CURE DEATH. Life is a disease that they just haven’t figured out a vaccine for yet.

    And yet, a virus SCARES you? From where you hang out, I’d be more afraid of a BULLET, than a virus.

    From what I understand, crime is rampant in DC. Right?

    Ed Chapman

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  6. Another Reason Why Evangelicalism Needs to Die and Disappear into the History Books.

    Eagle, this title sounds like when you were in your “cage phase” after that church burn job, when you were in the midst of a “Take Your God and Shove It!” reaction.

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