Kicking MAGA Christianity

Maybe Democrats should fill-in donation checks if they defeat the GOP in November 2020 — to two cadres of expat Republicans, no less. And send them sappy, hand-written thank-you notes for good measure.

One organization, Republicans Voters Against Trump, has uploaded testimonials from lifetime party loyalists. All say they’re voting for Democrats this year, often for the first time. Another, The Lincoln Project, has launched more polished, go-for-the-jugular ads. You’d swear ex-GOP campaign officials are giving their former party a taste of its own election-year medicine, complete with cheap shots. It’s a knife fight. No one is safe — including Trumpian evangelical Christians.

You’d be right. The Project’s founders — George T. Conway III (the husband of presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway), Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, Jennifer Horn, Ron Steslow, Reed Galen, and Mike Madrid — are veteran Republican operatives. They’re convinced Trump is a living violation of American ideals and no traditional conservative. They barely recognize their party, which once stood for free trade, federalism, internationalism, and a strong military. They relish the Reagan myth, and their jaws drop as former compatriots pant in Trump’s lap.

They’ve actually endorsed Biden and are laboring to flip the Senate via targeted ads at vulnerable Republican incumbents.

Perhaps no ad is more searing than the one entitled “The MAGA Church,” which aims at evangelicals who fawn over the thrice-married adulterer and liar and who claims he’s never confessed sins to God. View the ad. Not only do the evangelicals seem woefully naive when matched with Trump’s actual statements, they appear less than Christ-like themselves. Notice Paula White and her unseemly appeals for money.

Incidentally, evangelical intellects and academics say White is no evangelical, and theologian Michael Horton noticed her Trump similarities: “Both are in their third marriage and have endured decades of moral and financial scandal.”

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how American evangelicals appear to the world at large. As the ad says, “God help us all.”

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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