Christians can’t vote for Trump, but churches can push for Kamala


Church members in Virginia received a political message from the pulpit on Sunday, with more to come. It’s not just a congregation but over 300 churches, and it’s not just a Bible sermon with political application, but an outright campaign clip explicitly telling the faithful which candidate to vote for to achieve political goals. . And it wasn’t from a pastor. It was from the Vice President of the United States.

“As you know, this is an important election coming up on Tuesday, November 2, and early voting is already underway. I believe my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs right now, ”Vice President Kamala Harris said in a video that will be shown in hundreds of black churches across the state. She went on to praise McAuliffe’s record in employment, healthcare, education and “getting things done for the people of Virginia.”

“So early voting has already started, and this is the first year you can vote on Sunday. So please vote after today’s service. And if you can’t vote today, plan to go vote. … And after you’ve voted, tell everyone you know that it’s so important that they vote, ”she said, explaining to listeners how to join McAuliffe’s campaign. The video would be shown in many churches over the next two Sundays until the election.

This video raises a host of issues, not the least of which is its apparent violation of federal law for 501 (c) (3) s and the spiritual implications of airing a thinly veiled openly partisan campaign video in weak religious language in what should be a holy gathering.

In conversations about politics and religion, however, it’s nearly impossible not to revert to the status quo under the previous presidential administration, when any overlap of Christian values ​​and political activism was doomed “because of Trump.” . Although it began before the Trump presidency and continued in its wake, a major theme of the Trump era was a continual drip of articles and arguments about the church‘s relationship with the 45th. President.

Pundits and other religious and political leaders who hate Donald Trump and his supporters have routinely used a combination of the words “white evangelicals,” “Trumpism,” and “Christian nationalism” to spit out pseudo-intellectual articles that all had the same basis. and lazy message: White evangelicals have sold their souls to Trump and destroyed Christianity by confusing Republican politics with religious loyalty.

He appeared more and more and more, with some moments in Trump’s presidency and the 2020 campaign that drew particularly vicious slander on Christians who support Trump in general. He emerged in the Never Trump movement when he became the GOP candidate and many faithful Christians decided they would vote for him.

It happened during the Bible photo shoot outside of St. John’s Church near the White House, a story that was relentlessly lied to by the corrupt media and then used to smear Trump and his Christian supporters. It happened during the 2020 presidential race when Trump was juxtaposed with self-proclaimed Christians Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden. And it happened over and over after the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, to name a few.

This despite the fact that Trump has not closely associated with a Christian label. Talk to a number of conservatives who voted for Trump in 2016 or 2020, and they’ll tell you they didn’t elect him for his morality (many, of course, never wanted him to be the candidate. of the GOP). Indeed, in 2016, voters, including Republicans, considered Trump to be the “least religious” candidate, according to Pew Research.

Nonetheless, leftists and nominal conservatives concluded that Christian Trump supporters had a “branding problem,” which they said stemmed from to confuse a Christian identity with a republican identity.

Now we find ourselves with the current Vice President teleporting to hundreds of black churches to tell the faithful which candidate to vote for. Where are all the articles lecturing Americans about the dangers of injecting progressive politics into the benches?

Will the Never Trumpers who spent years denouncing a president for his moral flaws and the Christians who voted for him have anything to say about Harris’s support in the church for a man who gives the green light to him? injection of racist programs in schools, lies about it, supports abortion and genital mutilation for minors, and denies the rights of parents? Where is their righteous indignation now?

The truth is, the Left’s and the Never Trumpers’ blocking of Christian Republicans is not actually an overlap of politics and religion. Nor is it about “evangelical white people” destroying the future of the church with their “Christian nationalism”. The anti-Trumpers’ problem with Christian Republicans is that they dislike our policy and the deeply held religious beliefs that underpin it.

If their problem was truly an amalgamation of politics and Christianity, we would hear a lot of protest right now against Harris’s partisan Sunday morning video. But instead, all we have are crickets and early voting.

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