Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Liberty Reflects Evangelical Divide

Trump with Jerry Falwell, Jr.: Good buddies, still.
“The evangelical movement has, in my view, forfeited any future moral authority in American public life.”--Mark DeMoss, former executive committe board member at Liberty University

Mark DeMoss was sent packing by Liberty University when he criticized President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s enthusiastic endorsement of Donald Trump for president, in spite of actions by the candidate that were unquestionably un-Christian.

Liberty's stubborn insistence upon staying the course with a man who is quite possibly the worst presidential candidate for a major party in American history is a distinct sign of a fracture not only within the GOP, but also within evangelical Christianity, a solid base for the party in the past. Recently, some Liberty students publicly took issue with Falwell's stand.

A New York Times opinion piece today (here) included this from Andy Crouch, editor of Christianity Today: “Enthusiasm for a candidate like Trump gives our neighbors ample reason to doubt that we believe Jesus is Lord.”

Conclusion: Evangelical honchos are "driven by a quest to retain a seat at a potential Republican White House table."

And here's the nail in the coffin: "By hitching their wagon to Mr. Trump, religious-right leaders are also tying their fortunes to the alt-right, the predominant movement supportive of, and bolstered by, the Trump campaign. As a largely secular movement, though, the alt-right not only is uninterested in the religious right’s concerns, it also threatens to eclipse the religious right within the Republican Party. And it’s a movement simmering with racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism."


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