David French Writes on the Harm Donald Trump Did to American Evangelicalism

Over the weekend David French released an essay that is garnering some attention. The article looks at the effect on Trumpism on American evangelicalism. While evangelicalism has grown in some ways the bigger question is what kind of evangelicalism? Is it an evangelicalism that would welcome the likes of Beth Moore and Russell Moore? This blog post is encouraging you to read David French’s article. 

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

Thomas Aquinas

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1: 9-12 NIV

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Beth Moore

This weekend David French published a fascinating essay that I skimmed which this blog wants to push. Its another taken on American evangelicalism and the harm of Trumpism. The essay by David discusses how evangelicalism grew from 2016 until 2020. But it also asks, what kind of evangelicalism? And what are evangelicals? There are different types such as Biblicism, conversionism, activism, etc… French writes about how there is also a growing group of evangelicals who do not go to church who are deeply involved in politics. Then you also have a group of people like Russell Moore or Beth Moore who opposed the infusion of Christian faith with Christian nationalism. Many evangelicals in response are calling them liberals. Beth Moore spoke about this on Twitter the other day. According to what David French writes when some Christians outside the church move forward with other evangelicals who are politically motivated then the Bible can be an obstacle for this crowd. This post is over simplifying what French is saying. But go ahead and read what David French has written and feel free to discuss below. The name of the article is, “Did Donald Trump Make the Church Great Again?” 

10 thoughts on “David French Writes on the Harm Donald Trump Did to American Evangelicalism

  1. One part that stood out to me was “An increasing number of self-described Evangelicals go to church rarely or not at all. The numbers are remarkable.”

    This strikes me as an obvious side effect of Evangelicalism’s Gospel of Personal Salvation and ONLY Personal Salvation.

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  2. I agree totally with French’s assertion that we are seeing the culmination of the transition of “evangelicalism” from a theological movement to a political movement. And the shame of it is that this transition was paved by religious leaders who *should have* known better, but ultimately decided that culture warfare and seeking political power was more important than the gospel.

    If Jesus stepped in front of these folks in church or another gathering place, and began preaching the Sermon on the Mount verbatim, I believe an embarrassingly high percentage of them would shout Him down and throw Him out, calling him a woke liberal social justice warrior. And yet a large number of them probably have the words “Bible-believing Christian” in their social media profiles.

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      • Well they did make a golden statue of the Orange Dear Leader and the multitudes at CPAC and in the Evangelical church genuflected and worshiped it.

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      • Gold-plated fiberglass, actually.

        Can’t remember where I saw it (the above Twitter thread or the Herman Cain Awards subreddit), but someone did a meme of the Christians swooning before the statue at CPAP and overlaid the following SCRIPTURE:

        Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.”
        — Exodus 32:2-5

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  3. I don’t know Beth Moore or Russell Moore except by name but I think that many evangelicals who have now drunk Cheetos Jesus juice may eschew church because it’s too mainstream.

    They are now so far down the rabbit hole that the traditional prosperity gospel no longer draws them in.

    This is going to be a problem for evangelical leadership since that means there’s now competition for those dollars. And that could be significant considering that church in general is a leaking bucket.

    It may become accepted practice to tithe to a political party instead of the local mega churches.

    That certainly would Beth Moore’s motivation, hard to sell books when QAnon is available for free

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