Last night there was a Twitter thread that asked who disappointed you the most in the Trump era? While some people named specific politicians others talked about evangelicals they once knew, their pastor, people like Franklin Graham and Eric Metexas. For me the thread hit home in that as I feel devastated by how much was lost these past few years, many other people are also dealing with the same emotions. In the view of this blog American evangelicalism needs to disappear as if stands for nothing and has no character.
“You can tell charlatans when they say ‘big’ in front of everything.“
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Romans 1:22-23 NIV
Steve Papez of Milwaukee Metro Cru.
The other night on Twitter I saw an interesting thread take shape. It is worth a brief post after all it captures the emotions of a number of people and topics this blog has written about. And I weighed into the topic in my own personal way. The thread was a political one but then people started to leave other names and faith figures they knew. The thread asked out of all the people you once admired before Trumpism who has disappointed you the most? And while some people started to name specific politicians others started to talk about their former evangelical church or evangelicals they knew. Or they mentioned people like Eric Metaxas or Franklin Graham.
I have to tell you that as of 2021 I feel devastated. I learned that evangelical faith, belief in God and much more was all a lie. And it was the evangelicals who taught me that in the end. I learned that evangelicals have no principles, integrity, character, and in the end no faith. Everything they stood for was all a lie. As I type this post I can recall individuals like my former Crusade director who taught me that a day will come when people want to believe what they want to believe. They will disregard facts and reject truth. And with that we will enter a post truth era. Well who rejected facts, truth, and choose to throw their faith under the bus? Who led the charge into the post-truth era? It was the evangelicals. I have no respect at all for evangelicals like my former Crusade director Steve Papez or my former pastors family from my church in Wisconsin. Someone needs to tell evangelicals that their zipper is down and has been down for years. Stormy Daniels as a porn star has far more character than my former Milwaukee Metro Crusade director and my pastors’ family from Wooded Hills also from Milwaukee. You can read more about this in, “Why Porn Star Stormy Daniels Has More Character and Integrity Than White Evangelical Christians.”
Do any of you have any idea how hard it was to go through the death of your parents? And then to layer this upheaval, fractured friendships and destroyed support systems on top of all that? Did I need all this bullshit? At the time I needed the church the most it failed to do the basic aspects of comforting the grieving and the hurting. Evangelicalism is a lie and to think that so many traded it all away for a man who boasted of grabbing pussy and fucking porn stars. Evangelicals you don’t have the right to preach or share your faith with me, or others. You lost all credibility. I wrote about some of what happened below in a post not long ago called, “What White Evangelicals and Christians I Once Knew Taught Me About Faith in the Trump Era.” Here’s the Tweet that started the thread.
And people started to share and talk about evangelical family members and friends. Or of the evangelical community at large.