Are White Evangelicals Being Radicalized? Are There Growing Similarities Between Eric Metaxas Who Said He Would Die for Trump’s Cause and Al Qaeda’s Anwar al- Awlaki?

After the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 there is a looming question that needs to be asked. Are white evangelicals being radicalized? This post looks at radicalization and asks question about Eric Metaxas. It looks at Metaxas through the lens of Anwar al-Awlaki who was the “Bin Laden of the Internet” and duel citizen who it appears became more radicalized in time. In the end he was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen. Are there similarities between Eric Metaxas and Anwar al-Awlaki? This post explores that question.  Continue reading

Leonard Guthrie Jr. of Cape May, New Jersey Participates in Sacking the United States Capitol Because His Evangelical Faith is Aggrieved and Thus Persecuted?

The Washington Post is profiling some of the people who sacked the Capitol in a terrorist attack. The newspaper looked at Leonard Guthrie Jr, an evangelical from New Jersey. Leonard talked about how evangelicals have been silenced, aggrieved and implied persecuted. This blog is not going to shed a tear for this guy when the legal system goes after this blithering fool. Uf Leonard represents evangelicalism no wonder the movement is jacked up.  Continue reading

For Some White Evangelical Christians is Donald Trump’s Loss Going to be The Scopes Trial 2.0? But Will it Come with Some White Evangelicals Engaging in Violence?

A recent column in the Washington Post raises some dark questions about white American evangelicals. In the wake of Trump’s election loss are we going to see a Scopes Trial 2.0 effect in the United States? But will it be more deadly and possibly violent? Will it lead to some white evangelicals to engage in violence or domestic terrorism in the United States? These are all questions that are in my mind after reading a troubling column in the Post. Continue reading

How White Evangelical Christians of the United States Never Learned From the Christians of Nazi, Germany

It is some of the bleakest times in European and German history. In the 1930’s the Nazis obtained power in Germany and they used their influence in some of the darkest ways in human history and they tested German Christians in the process. Many German Christians embraced Nazism and people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer were in fact a minority. You study periods in history like Nazi, Germany to apply the lessons and learn from them. And yet the reaction and behavior by many white evangelicals who used faith to embrace Trumpism revealed the following lesson. Many white American evangelicals never learned their lessons from their Christian counterpart generations earlier in Nazi, Germany. Continue reading

Reflecting on Christian Nationalism in Evangelical Christianity and Being Caught Flat Footed in its 2016 Resurgence

This post is a reflection on Christian nationalism from 1999 until 2018. How it evolved over the years before surging in 2016 and catching me flat footed. Christian nationalism is deeply divisive and causes unnecessary conflict.  After coming back to the church it became one of the issues to drive me away from it. Why did Christian nationalism flare up to such an extreme version in 2016? This post attempts to answer that question toward the end. Continue reading

New Academic Research About Christian Nationalism and the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new academic study reveals that the resistance to rules in the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to what people believe about Christian nationalism. Several academics from various schools in the Midwest are involved in this research. This is a brief post encouraging people to read an article at the Religion News Service that explains the thinking behind this issue. Continue reading

Knox Thames Reminds Evangelicals in Christianity Today That they are Not Being Persecuted in the United States During COVID-19

Knox Thames from the Department of State wrote an op-ed in Christianity Today explaining why evangelicals in the United States are not being persecuted during COVID-19 with church closings. Thames who worked on the topic with religious minorities who faced persecution from authoritarian governments pointed out that it was no a concentrated effort to prevent people from worshipping at all. And he said that Christians in the United States cheapen persecution when they proclaim it.  Continue reading

My Brainwashing and a Personal Reflection on When I was Under the Kool Aid in Campus Crusade for Christ at Fresno State

This past weekend I was cleaning at home and fond something that was a window into my past. It was when I was involved in Campus Crusade for Christ at Fresno State. An article in the local Fresno State newspaper explained the role Wicca played in a person’s life. In response I had to write an evangelical response in a letter to the editor which caused controversy. Someone later on called me out. Today’s post is about my frame of mind when I was under the Kool Aid. And its something that I deeply regret.  Continue reading

Considering the Issues of Christian Nationalism as Revealed in a Recent New York Times Article Dealing with White Evangelicals in Sioux Center, Iowa

A recent New York Times article looked at the Christian nationalism of Jason Mulder, Micah and Caryn Schoutens,  Rob Driesens and others in Sioux Center, Iowa. Some attend the United Reformed Church in Sioux Center while others may go elsewhere. This newspaper article reveals why evangelicalism is warped and lost.  It also helps me to understand why I washed out of evangelicalism. I thought faith was a spiritual movement when in reality the Gospel is a political gospel. Continue reading