Fear and Loathing in Fundamentalist Land

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As a life-long Republican and an evangelical minister, I have been appalled at the attitudes and actions of so many Christian Republicans.  There has been the (still alive) birther movement, continued belief that President Obama is a Muslim, charges that he is a not-so-secret communist, and support for a documented Republican leadership strategy to oppose every proposal that Obama made the last four years no matter its merit or the damage this strategy can bring to our country’s recovery.

Add to this, an uncritical acceptance of money and ideas by billionaire businessmen who quite cynically say what conservatives want to hear in order to benefit their own corporate bottom line, and we have a situation far worse than when the Moral Majority got co-opted by the political right back in the 1980’s.

At first, I was reluctant to believe that race and prejudice had much to do with the opposition to Obama.  There are legitimate issues reasonable people can disagree with about job creation, tax levels, lowering health care costs while expanding coverage, and the extent and kinds of governmental regulation, not to mention issues in foreign policy.

But I have changed my mind, sadly.  I believe the worst of this sorry spectacle is indeed caused by fear and prejudice.  The fear that prejudice creates when faced with so many societal changes that seem to threaten one’s lifestyle and beliefs.

The fundamentalist Christian worldview is under attack by many forces, and in many areas those forces are winning.  There is: abortion; homosexual equality; governmental intrusion into home and school discipline; “radical” separation of church and state so there are no prayers of any kind in schools; promotion of contraception; acceptance of any and every alternate lifestyles as perfectly OK; a breakdown of the traditional family and gender roles; a general decline in morality; a course and crude popular culture getting worse; a rise in “new age” spirituality and atheism and decline in church attendance; opposition to Creationism and promotion of “godless” evolution.   This is quite a list.  (And it is not just a concern for fundamentalist Christians.)

When added to a few other political issues – like opposition to gun control and climate change – that aren’t explicitly Christian but are too often adopted by conservative Christians as nearly sacred, and we have a group of people feeling under siege.   This is when, as humans, we become fearful and often look for a scapegoat to focus our fear and anger on.

Let me be clear.  This does not describe all conservative Christian Republicans.  But it does describe frighteningly too many of them.  People who seem irrational in their fears and accusations, and who see conspiracies of the enemy in every opponent to their views.

I recently was sent an email from a fundamentalist minister that endorsed the following political statement:

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

Let’s take a stand!!!
Obama: Gone!
Borders: Closed!
Language: English only
Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
Drug Free
: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!

Who are the bad guys in this scenario, the free-loading “takers of freebies” that will cause America to “commit financial suicide” as the email also said?

Almost anyone who is not a white, conservative Christian.  I shudder to write this.  But I come to no other conclusion.

Obama represents to these people all the forces of negative change they feel.

  1. He is racially different, and advocates for immigration rights.  Despite being an immigrant nation, this prejudiced attitude is all too rampant that foreigners are here to steal our jobs and import un-American religious and cultural values.  Islamist terrorism has made this tendency hugely worse.  In a just published AP poll 79 percent of Republicans expressed racial prejudice in the questions measuring explicit racism, compared with 32 percent among Democrats.
  2. He is religiously liberal, coming out of the black church ethos of Martin Luther King, Jr., which many fundamentalist Christians sadly opposed.  Only a few years ago did a couple of fundamentalist colleges change their policy against interracial dating.  And cultural pluralism has brought with it religious pluralism.  Christianity is not the only game in town anymore.
  3. He is for abortion rights and women’s rights.  Despite the reality that a large American majority also support continued women’s choice (though not to use abortion as birth control), it is still all or nothing for so many.  The recent remarks of two Republican Senators as to why they do not support an exception for rape make this evident.
  4. He changed his mind about same-sex marriage.  To them this is endorsing repulsive and abominable behavior, which along with the rest of the above, will bring down God’s righteous judgment on America.  Yet the focus on homosexual sin above others totally ignores that which is so much more emphasized in Scripture:  lack of justice for the poor and exploited, rampant greed that leads to terrible inequalities, and self-righteousness that ignores one’s own part in the problem.
  5. He is an advocate for a more activist Government.  Big brother government is seen as the enemy on many levels.  It has been complicit in stripping away Christian “rights” (such as school prayer), and in redefining marriage.  And more subtly, Big Government is perceived by many as acting in a way to remove individual responsibility for our actions.

Christian conservatives are very big on individual responsibility.  Back at the beginning of the 20th century there was a split between liberal Christians who emphasized a social justice gospel and fundamentalists who emphasized a personal salvation gospel.  (Biblically we are called to both personal salvation and social justice, so there never should have been such a split.)  Southern fundamental Christians, including the large Southern Baptists, still had States rights issues hanging on from the aftermath of the Civil War.  Over the next few decades the Federal government would pass and then repeal prohibition; expand federalism hugely with the New Deal;  grant unions more power; force civil rights and integration on the country; and become more involved in what had been strictly local education policy and curriculum.

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All this was seen by many as eroding both individual and states’ rights and responsibility.

Ironically today, the Christian fundamentalist right admits to very little responsibility for the condition America is in.  It is always the other side’s fault.  “Our real problem,” they say, “is not standing firm in the truth.”  Unfortunately, their “truth” is often selective, self-righteous and condemning.

Fundamentalist Christians lost popular opinion on the Scopes “Monkey Trial” about creationism. They became very anti-higher education and skeptical about science because of the way academics had claimed historical inaccuracies in the Bible.  (Ironically, the 20th century, brought an explosion of archaeological discoveries that showed the basic historical accuracy of the Bible.)  Fundamentalists retreated from the public square for some 70 years until Jerry Falwell came on the scene.

Meanwhile, they would be seen to be on the wrong side of the civil rights movement.  They would be perceived as opposing the whole women’s rights movement, not just a radical fringe.  And they would only reluctantly admit that the anti-war movement of the 1960’s had any truth to it.  Most deny the science of global warming or that it is even a Christian concern as good stewards of God’s creation.

Instead of providing homosexuals with a loving and accepting community in which to encourage and attempt behavioral changes they professed could be made, Fundamentalist Christians condemned homosexuals as perverts and abominations.  Fundamentalists were even slow in accepting the truths of Alcoholics Anonymous that addictions were not just a matter of will power and just saying no.

And most recently, conservative Christian Republicans promoted George W. Bush as God’s divinely ordained choice for President because of his genuine born again faith, and socially conservative political stance.  Modern Christian prophets were sure this was God’s man to bring America back to godly ways.  And while he seemed to start well, and seemed to be the right man in charge on 9/11, he ended up getting America involved in disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and being a large part of the cause of our recent financial crisis and national debt.

Instead of bringing America together in unity and back to God, this conservative Christian Republican ended up dividing the country further, alienating allies, and leaving the country worse than he found it.  And almost no Republican will admit this (at least in public).

Instead, they use President Obama as the scapegoat for all they see wrong with the nation, while being in denial of their own responsibility in all this.

No wonder conservative Christian values are under attack.  No wonder less people are attending church services.  No wonder there is such polarization and demonization in politics and society.

It will not stop until fundamental, conservative Christian Republicans repent of their own sins of fear mongering, distortion of the truth, demonization of opponents and harsh judgementalism of those with whom they disagree.  God’s blessing will only come when the scapegoating and lies the fear and prejudice have caused ends.

Tom McCrossan is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America, serving in special ministry as an Assistant Chaplain at a local rescue mission. His grandfather was a minister first in the Methodist and then in the Presbyterian Church. His uncle served at the Victory Service Club of the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. He is married with three grown children and lives in Schenectady, NY.

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Tom McCrossanTom McCrossan is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America, serving in special ministry as an Assistant Chaplain at a local rescue mission. His grandfather was a minister first in the Methodist and then in the Presbyterian Church. His uncle served at the Victory Service Club of the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. He is married with three grown children and lives in Schenectady, NY.View all posts by Tom McCrossan →

  • Frank

    God does not bless those that support the killing of innocent unborn children and those that reject his design for sexuality and marriage.

    • That depends on who your god is Frank. Jesus revealed a God that is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked, so that God certainly will continue to send his rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. He even blesses those that reject his Gospel of love for enemies and instead accumulate weapons specifically to harm their enemies, even when Jesus taught that love for enemies was *the* issue that identifies us as sons of God. He is invariably kinder than we think, and will continue to love us even if we grossly misprepresent him to the world. It’s his kindness that leads to repentance.

      • Frank

        Sun and rain are not blessings. Gods love for us is not in question. What’s in question is whether God will bless our actions or not. God does not bless sinful behavior like murder and homosexual behavior unless they are repented from. What’s also in question is our love for God and others. There is no love for God or others in abortion or homosexual behavior.

        • Dude, chillax man.

          America will not be judged based on abortion or homosexuality. Chill out.

          • Frank

            Wrong it will be judged on whether we accept or reject God. Rejecting Gods value of life and rejecting Gods design for sexuality and marriage. God help us!

          • Drew

            I didn’t know God was the Republican party, Frank, but thank you for equating voting for Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney “accepting God.” At least we know whom you worship.

          • Ah nailed it!

          • Well..there was an earthquake in Guatemala…did God not realize that four states in America legalized gay marriage or is God just beginning to miss in His old age?

        • Jesus gave sun and rain as examples to people surrounded by cultures that believed their gods would send them sun and rain only if they pleased them, specifically making the point that in contrast to gods of human invention, God’s love and blessing was not contingent on our goodness.

          I agree that God does not bless actions not grounded in love in the sense that he does not support them and that he defends the weak, but I note that you don’t mention whether you believe Jesus about the need to love enemies or whether you side with his opposition there. Think of how you would feel about someone you love being killed, then ask whether you would feel the same grief if their murderer was killed. Would you grieve the same way for the Taliban? If not, then you’re missing out on God’s heart. If you don’t even long to, then you are rejecting what Jesus said would identify you as God’s son. The US rejected Jesus’ way of enemy love in the 80s and 90s when they trained and armed the Taliban to fight the Soviets just as they armed Saddam Hussein to fight Iran in the 80s, and the world continues to reap what was sown.

          It’s too easy to take attention from our own sin by demonising someone else – a point well made by Tom. When we do so, we embody what Jesus opposed in the Pharisees.

          • Frank

            And last night over half of our country rejected the way of Jesus by supporting a party that celebrates the choice to slaughter over 21,000 unborn innocent lives each week mostly for reasons of convenience. What a wonderful celebration!

          • Drew

            We rejected the Republican party, your idol of worship, not Jesus. There is a huge difference.

            Looks like can’t legislate the problems of the world away, Frank. Time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Or will you just keep trolling the rest of your life and do nothing?

          • I think your country rejected the sleight of hand used to focus on two issues so that the Republicans could bring in a mountain of anti-Christian ones. The rise of war loving, demonising, God-claiming right-wing extremism in the US feels much the same to the rest of the world as its parallels in Iran, Afghanistan or the old totalitarian days of Germany, Italy and Spain. The rest of the world is breathing a sigh of relief.

          • Julie Godwin

            How about the fact that Romney was pro-choice before he started planning to run for president? Do you think lying about it is any better?

          • Frank

            How about the fact that Obama was for Godly marriage and then was against right before the election?

            It’s about votes plain and simple.

            Still the GOP does more to help unborn children than a party who celebrates killing over 21,000 innocent unborn children each week mostly due to reasons of convenience.

          • Val

            ooo….you unimaginable [expletive withheld]. You are a God damned LIAR. You know nothing about the women who have gotten abortions. Absolutely nothing.Claiming they got them mostly out of convenience is a damnable lie.

  • otrotierra

    I tend to doubt religious fundamentalists will repent much of anything, but Franklin Graham did publicly apologize for attempting to remove Barack Obama from the Book of Life. Franklin deserves credit for sending such a message, no matter how politically unpopular:

    not even the son of Billy Graham has the power to damn people to hell.

    • SamHamilton

      Do you get paid a dollar every time you write Franklin Graham and the words “attempting to remove Barack Obama from the Book of Life” in the comments section of a blog?

      • 22044

        Thanks Sam.
        If I remember Mr. Graham’s quote correctly, he didn’t “try to remove Barack Obama from the Book of Life.”

      • This is too true! Hahaha

  • Questioning

    Agreed. Good read Tom…

  • tim hess

    How far did you have to search for this guy. How can someone, claiming to be a Christian, reach and stretch beyond credulity to criticize other Christians (and yes Christians have plenty of faults – we are sinners), yet turn such a blind eye to a Party, Platform, and President, who have become increasingly hostile to monotheists in general, and Christians in particular.
    Dividing the country? Is he kidding? The amount of division this sitting president has encouraged is unprecidented (haves against have-nots, men against women, liberals against conservatives, caucasians against everyone else, calling out the Supreme Court, calling out one particular news agency.) President Obama has been a horrible posion to this nation. Racism has increased over the last four years, and the fault lies squarely in Obamas lap. And please, cut the left-wing crap about Bush being responsible for the downfall of the economy. May I suggest you read “All the Devils are Here”, that is unless you wnat to continue to hang onto that falsehood. And all the junk about Christians hating homosexuals. What rock did this guy just crawl out from under. That MAY have been true 20 years ago, but for a majority of Christians, is simply not true today. Mr. McCrossan apparently has the same genetic deficiency that is so common among liberals – not being able to make the distinctions between differing concepts. Despite the fact that I may be willing to die for my homosexual neighbor, if I don’t agree with his lifstyle, the concluson by these people is that I must hate him. And, pro-choice . . . ? I’m done. sorry for my rant.

    • Questioning

      There you have it… it’s all Obama’s fault. In 2 paragraphs you have pretty much proven and demonstrated many of the author’s talking points. Congratulations!

      • Drew

        Tim, the salt and light to the world, folks.

        • Drew, I wish to high five you right now!

          Questioning, same thing 😉

          • Val

            I would like to call to order Ryan, Drew, and Questioning for an immediate group hug.

  • NeartheEdge

    Thanks for this, you’ve restored my faith in American Christianity. From the UK, believe me, the Evangelical Right looks, sounds and smells (if that’s possible) the very opposite of the message of forgivemess, peace, love, joy and reconciliation that is the heart of the gospel. Thanks.

  • This is a sad day in the life of our nation. God is going to judge us. Problem is a lot of “Christians” like you are blurring the issue. There is no “Christian Left” or “Christian Lite.” You are either are or you’re not on God’s team. If you’re on God’s side, march under His banner. We have to stand for righteousness and against evil. Barack Obama is evil, and we are going to pay a terrible price for the ignorance we, as a nation, displayed. We tried to take our country back. We failed, but we’re not going to stop trying. Remember, this is a party who booed God publicly. I won’t forget and neither will He.

    • Drew

      Yup, the politician you don’t agree with politically is evil, and everyone that disagreed with you is ignorant. Good analysis.

    • Questioning

      This is just ridiculous. So somehow because people booed at the convention, Obama, who is a professed Christian, is now evil? And Romney, who is a professed Mormon, is somehow carrying the Christian banner and is on God’s team? Here is an excerpt from an Ex. Democrat that treats the episode pretty fairly in my view:

      “Those of us working to elect Romney/Ryan had a bit of fun at the Democrats expense over this. But even though they didn’t really boo God, that doesn’t mean there as nothing for us to learn from this little kerfuffle.
      This mess was only made possible by the platform committee taking the language about God and Jerusalem out in the first place. The concept that our rights come from, “Nature and Nature’s God,” is in our Declaration of Independence, and I don’t think it’s controversial. It’s a belief that is shared by a huge majority of our citizens.
      When word came out that the Democrats had booed God, many Americans, having observed how hostile that party has become to people of faith, were not at all surprised. I think the Dem’s need to take a look at how easily that went down, and ask themselves why so many found it so easy to believe.
      We should not be surprised that, when something that was written in careful deliberation is asked to be changed in a quick parliamentary session on a convention floor, just a bit of blowback may result. Do these platforms matter that much anyway? NPR had this look at the current state of what we call the party platform, and the limits on them.
      Word is the President ordered the language about God and Jerusalem put back. He was getting a fair bit of grief over the change, but why did he allow those terms to be removed in the first place? And, if the claim is he didn’t know it, why did the Dem’s attack Gov. Romney last week over things in the Repub. platform Romney said he didn’t agree with? Which is it?
      The truth is that this administration, and the institutional leadership of the Democratic Party, is quite hostile to the state of Israel. My advise to the President and his people is simply this: Don’t run from it. If you believe it, Own it. But I would also say to anyone who supports Israel: How on earth can you consider voting for this guy?”
      Hostile to Israel? maybe yes. Booing God? I don’t think so. Angry over the awkward way the change was ramrodded through and booing that? probably so
      There may have been a few atheists or other unbelievers there who were booing God. That’s a stretch, buts it’s ludicrous to somehow make the leap that everyone there was booing God, and that Obama is evil incarnate. This is nothing more than fear mongering. Before you label me a left wingnut, I only made my decision about who to vote for in the last two weeks. I voted for Bush (big mistake) and for McCain, so no, I am firmly independent. Again this post vividly demonstrates the landscape the author was describing.

      • Laura

        I couldn’t tell for sure, but did you just imply that the LDS church isn’t Christian? Because if so, you’ve been terribly misinformed. (Not that I’m siding with Miles Lee Elder or anything; just saying.)

        • Drew

          The Mormon Church is not Christian. If you believe it is Christian, you are the one that has been terribly misinformed.

          • Laura

            Please read my reply to Philip.

          • Drew

            Sorry, Mormonism is a false religion, and those who put their faith in Mormonism will be sorely disappointed.

        • Laura, the many LDS Elders that I’ve spent a lot of time with taught that if you believe and do all the right things including a marriage with the correct rituals, then when you die you become a god and are assigned your own planet to populate with your wife, who will give birth eternally to produce all of those souls. The god they worship used to be an LDS believer on another planet until he died and was given earth to populate. That is their gospel, and while I respect their beliefs I don’t accept that this is the same as Jesus’ call to take up a cross and follow him, to lay down our lives for others and see his will done on earth as in heaven. It concerns me that so many US Christians have so lost sight of the gospel that they can’t pick the difference any more.

          • Laura

            I don’t see why they can’t be the same God. Yes, LDS beliefs are a little unconventional, but they believe in the Bible; they believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He suffered and atoned for our sins; they teach everything that Jesus taught. They also self-proclaim as Christians. To me, those things add up to a Christian faith.

            But don’t take my word for it. Take the Church leaders’ word on their website: http://mormon.org/jesus-christ

            Please, take the time to read it. I know there’s a lot, but try.

          • Thanks Laura, I appreciate your thoughts. I accept that they identify as Christian etc, but despite the claim to accept the Bible (as many other religions also claim), they still believe that God was created by another god, who in turn was created by another god etc. So he’s not really Almighty, just one of billions like him. As far as teaching everything that Jesus taught, I don’t even know many “Christian” churches that do that but what I do know is that instead of teaching Jesus’ primary goal of setting alight in us a desire to reconnect with the God of Love by taking up our own cross of other’s burdens, their primary goal is to become a god, which they call being exalted. While they also say that Jesus atoned for us, they also teach that you don’t get to become a god without a whole lot of rituals. As a result, while you may consider them Christians, ask a Mormon carefully and they will eventually explain that no, other Christians that don’t perform the right rituals will not be exalted because we are part of “the great falling away”.

            Joseph Smith was a product of his time. In a nation that was building itself on slavery he invented a religion that provided justification for the cruel treatment of African Americans by teaching that they were cursed with a “loathsome” appearance due to their dark skin. It’s telling that so many voters from those same states that supported slavery and fought civil rights as being ‘liberal’ are now finding new acceptance and even leadership from this religion.

            None of this is to say that individual Mormons are not followers of Jesus in the same way as individual Muslims or Hindus might be, but no, Mormonism as a religion sets itself squarely against Jesus. But then so do many churches.

    • SamHamilton

      What about the President is evil?

      • TruthVsChaos

        I’m not American, I’m disgusted with most politicians and parties in Canada as well as the US. But 4 years ago I listened to Obama addressing a “right wing” American Christian body and assuring them he would work with them. I then observed as almost his first act was a presidential decree attacking one of their key concerns and ever since he has gone on attacking their conscientious commitments. That makes him a rather blatant liar, in my books. It’s evil. It’s enough for me to say I would never trust him until he had shown clear repentance over a significant period of time.

        • Drew

          The Senate Minority Leader McConnell said that his only goal from 2008 – 20012 was to make sure that Obama was a one-term President. The Republicans in Congress obstructed Obama, not the other way around. McConnell now has to eat crow and explain to his constituents why he not only wasted the past four years but why he let Obama be re-elected as well.

        • Frank

          Whats ironic is that many of our own citizens fail to see the truth. What we can count on is another miserable four years due to Obamas lack of leadership and misguided policies. Thankfully the house GOP will limit the fiasco that Obama wants to deliver.

  • SamHamilton

    So is the problem Fundamentalist Christians, is it Christians who are politically conservative, is it Christians who vote Republican, Christians who are perceived negatively by non-Christians…? I’m totally confused by this piece. There’s a lot of guilt by association, extreme and marginal views being conflated with mainstream views, and just a lot of random statements of fact/opinion thrown out there with no apparent point.

    Editors please?

    • Drew

      Tom is speaking out against the segment of Christians that value conservative politics and political beliefs over the Bible. There were a lot on the Religious Right in this election that cared less and less about the Bible and more and more about their politician or their political belief being approved. There is nothing wrong with being a Republican or a Democrat, but there is something wrong when we become hateful and slanderous.

      • SamHamilton

        Thanks for translating Drew. If his only point is that Christians (only on the right) who engage in slander and use hateful language should apologize and repent, then he did a poor job of making it. He needs an editor.

        • Drew

          Yeah, I see your point. I just filled in the blanks with my own experiences and thoughts; it would have been nice if the author provided his own!

      • Love this comment Drew!

    • Actually, the piece made a lot of sense to me and articulated much of what I had been wondering about. I just take it as read that the author can’t cover all issues in a single piece. That Republican voting Christians might have some issues to think about, does not automatically mean that Democrat voting Christians don’t. The author simply seems to be commenting on a particular segment.

      • SamHamilton

        I felt like he was trying to cover too many issues in a single piece. He should have been specific and direct about who he was criticizing and what he was criticizing them for.

  • Questioning

    This blog and others, along with all the responses point out, at least in my admittedly myopic view, much of what causes our division in this country, and all of us are guilty at varying times and to varying degrees. Not only have we become fat, we have become lazy and ignorant. We have belief, but do not try to understand what we believe and why. We have, at best, only a feigning interest in facts (don’t confuse me with facts), and do not want to consider that almost any story or issue has two sides. We hear and believe what we want to hear and believe, and disregard the rest. Added to that, we surround ourselves with others who think and feel as we do, build and embellish our half baked assumptions and ideas, and spread them all about us until they become a poisonous fog of gossip, half-truths, and lies. Many, especially those in the media, make a living doing this. I have learned, the hard way, it does not take that much extra effort to try and get at the truth, or at least expose the lies. When I saw the “Democrats Boo God” statement I Googled it and got more information than I could possibly read, sometimes from people who were actually there. Some of it was obviously spun to demonize the Democrats. Other pieces were more honest and fair. It was not that hard to distinquish between the two. I remember when it happened and it was an awkward situation to be sure, but it wasn’t what many were trying to lead us to believe. Point is, if we are satisfied with just being sheep, then that is how we will continue to be treated as well as treating each other, and nothing will change.

  • A majority of the American electorate neither wants, demands nor requires rational explanations for the behaviors of and results from their Utopian Statist leaders. As long as leaders’ bloviations and rhetorical flourishes remain somewhere between Marxist and Populist with a healthy dose of Santa Claus, the Socialist “over-educated” and uneducated “hoi polloi” which elected Obama will remain satiated. Virtually anything can happen under their noses without their ire being raised and their biased media cultivating deeper Deep Throats.

    NOTE: Among the Five Tiers of educational attainment: 1) No High School Diploma, 2) High School Graduate, 3) Some College/Associates Degree, 4) College Graduate, and 5) Post Graduate Study, the two tiers that gave the greatest percentage of their votes to Obama were numbers 1 and 5, a whopping 64% and 55%, respectively. In other words, the least educated and the most educated demographic groups gave the highest percentages of their votes to Obama. The ONLY educational demographic group that gave greater than 50% of their votes to Romney (51%) was number 4: College Graduates, ~ 50% of the most recent of whom are laying on their moms’ couches un- or greatly under-employed and staring up at their faded Obama posters next to their college diplomas. This is so very telling. The educationally dumbest and most government-dependent, and the most educated who are ALSO EDUCATING our youth vote for Socialist-derived Utopian Statism, while those not totally dependent upon Government for largess from womb to tomb (if they make it out alive) and are only partially brainwashed by America’s educational elite didn’t do so in such high numbers.

    The minority of us — the Remnant — still care deeply enough to insist we be told the truth. We want to know NOT primarily what is being said and the vacuous promises being made but what is being done, not done, and especially what lies are being told and crimes and misdemeanors covered up.

    The Remnant of our Federalist, Constitutionally Conservative Rule of Law Republic rationally knows, in the very broadest strokes, that Barack Hussein Obama either regularly lies to U.S. or if he does not, is NOT in fact in charge. One or the other or possibly both are true.

    Obama swears up and down and across from Far Left to the Right that he knew nothing about and was NOT involved in Fast & Furious. Therefore Brian Terry’s death doesn’t matter much to him and his sycophantic “hoi polloi.” Obama also maintains that he didn’t know enough about the attacks on Benghazi in April and August to motivate him to supply more security in order to prevent the lethal Islamic Jihadi Terrorist attack in September . . . on September 11th no less. Now he wants the Remnant to believe he didn’t know about CIA Director David Petraeus’s in-excess-of-a-year affair with potentially devastating national security leaks until just after the election, the very next day to be exact according to recent reporting.

    To reiterate, Barack Hussein Obama is either lying or truly not in charge, and thus giving convincing and culpatory meaning to “leading from behind.”

    I think Obama lies. I don’t know that with certainty but as any trained non-biased and not-on-the-take Detective will tell you there are no such things as coincidences when one is trying to solve a mystery, a crime or a tragedy.

    But let me explore more deeply the possibility that Obama is not so much lying as he is brilliantly if not maniacally organizing his presidency in such a way that the buck stops below him and his “subordinates” know to keep things from him, at least until after critical dates SUCH AS ELECTIONS, to give him plausible deniability and a veneer of teflon. It is entirely possible and increasingly probable that Obama has structured his administration so that he de facto is leading from behind and someone else, perhaps Valerie “Iranian” Jarrett, Hillary “I always lie for my Democratic men” Clinton, Eric “Far Too Fast & Furious” Holder, or someone else within the administration is really in charge at the onset of a high crime or misdemeanor and only later tells the president — perhaps just before or after the inevitable truth leaks.

    In short, Barack Hussein Obama is NOT in charge in the truest sense of the word but is only a figurehead being manipulated from below after giving the command to do so from his “figurehead” perch above.

    My God. Either possibility is horrific, and had a simple majority of Americans had the non-brainwashed, non-Marxist Utopian Statist, non-Godless education and set of convictions and 1st principles to abhor this there is no way Obama would have been elected in the first place — shame on him for fooling us the first time — and absolutely no way we would have re-elected him — shame on U.S. for allowing him to fool us for a second time.

    IF God is damning the U.S. as Barack Hussein Obama’s mentor, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright preached — and I do NOT know that He is or isn’t — I hope and pray that our chickens indeed come home to roost very soon and we nip this wolf in sheep’s clothing invading the chicken coup in the butt from whence he leads before irreparable damage is done to our Constitutional Rule of Law Republic. God knows enough damage has been done already to requires years of repentance and repair. I would rather we get started on them booth much sooner rather than later.

    God help U.S. Happy Veterans Day and thank you to all our brave veterans!



    • Drew

      This is a website for those who worship Christ, not for those who worship politics. You might want to try Fox News or Breitbart rather than a Christian website, William.

      • bubbawithab

        It seems you are making a condemning inference, Drew. William may worship Christ (or he may not), but the kind of judgment you leveled against him seems to be opposite of what you would putatively preach as a tolerant Christian. Second, even if you don’t agree with someone else, your call as a Christian is to consider their opinion and respond respectfully (if you choose), not tell them – in effect – to shut up and leave.

        • Drew

          Actually, Jesus said the problem with one of the Churches, in the Book of Revelation, was their tolerance. Look it up, read the Bible.

  • Sienna

    Seems like Christians and politics haven’t changed much: Christians are like frogs holding a symposium round a swamp, debating which of them is most sinful.– Celsus on Christians in the second century A.D.

  • discerning wrong conclusion

    Though this writer makes a few good points his conclusions are v wrong. After reading this I see yet another attack on Christian values… now from within..a house divided will not stand and the deception this writer is in is just another example to me of God’s enemy works. Lets not stray from the truth one nimble at a time… praying for more discernment for the bride of Christ.

  • Let me be perfectly clear:

    1) “The (still alive) birther movement.” The ONLY definition that SCOTUS has produced for “natural born citizen” — a Constitutional requirement for every candidate for President of the U.S., is “someone born on U.S. soil to TWO (2) U.S. citizen parents.” The fact that this definition is 137 years old BUT has not been revised by SCOTUS does NOT change its veracity nor authority.

    Minor v. Happersett , 88 U.S. 162 (1875)

    “The Constitution does not in words say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, IT WAS NEVER DOUBTED THAT ALL CHILDREN BORN IN A COUNTRY OF PARENTS (PLURAL) WHO WERE (PLURAL FORM OF VERB) ITS CITIZENS (PLURAL) BECAME THEMSELVES, UPON THEIR BIRTH, CITIZENS ALSO. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents.”

    Other legal cases that address this issue include but are not limited to: The Venus, 12 U.S. 8 Cranch 253 253 (1814); Shanks v. Dupont, 28 U.S. 3 Pet. 242 242 (1830); and especially: United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898).

    2) “Continued belief that President Obama is a Muslim.” It is a well known fact that when Muslims renounce their faith and BECOME (especially) Christians or Jews, a fatwa for their death is issued. I am not aware of any fatwa’s for the death of Barack Hussein Obama. If you are please provide a link. However, if Obama truly renounced Islam why is he volitionally unwilling to state unambiguously that when an Islamic Jihadi Terrorist attack occurs that it was an “Islamic Jihadi Terrorist Attack.” He has called such attacks “work place violence” (Fort Hood), or video-provoked responses, or any manner of euphemism other than what the attacks were. Would a “former” Muslim NOT still at least sympathetic and fond of Islam do so?

    3) “Charges that he is a not-so-secret communist.” What would someone’s ideology become if s/he was born to a Marxist-Socialist mother and an anti-colonial Communist father who once wrote that high earners should be taxed up to 100%, was mentored by a highly promiscuous pornographer card-carrying Communist with an FBI file allegedly 600 pages long, further raised in the U.S. by Communist Sympathizer grandparents while his mother and adoptive Muslim father remained behind in Indonesia, deliberately sought out the Marxist Professors at Columbia, was taught and mentored by Communist and Critical Race Theory professors at Harvard, was thoroughly indoctrinated into Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and actually taught his principles at Chicago Law School, and was baptized by and further mentored by Marx-based, Communism-derived Black Liberation Theologian the Rev. Doctor Jeremiah Wright? Have you ever heard Barack Hussein Obama extol the virtues and values of our Christian Theist and Deist framers and founders, and our quintessential governing document, the Constitution, which Obama swore with his hand on a Bible before God and witnesses to “preserve, protect, and defend, so help me God,” not once but TWICE?

    4) “And support for a documented Republican leadership strategy to oppose every proposal that Obama made the last four years no matter its merit or the damage this strategy can bring to our country’s recovery.” Have you ever heard of the “Loyal Opposition?” Have you ever heard anyone from any party state that their primary goal was to help RE-ELECT the other party’s candidate(s)? Do you know of any instances when our framers abandoned their – and now our – Constitution for the opposing governing socio-economic principles, ideologies, and laws of Britain which General and 1st President George Washington fought so valiantly to Liberate America from? Where does our Constitution support tax-payer funded filicide, solemnized homosexual marriage, massive $1 Trillion plus annual deficits and a $16.3 Trillion National Debt which the Socialist-controlled Senate Majority Leader wants to raise by another $2.4 Trillion without a concomitant guarantee of drastically reducing profligate spending? Which of these Jeffersonian principles does Barack Hussein Obama live and govern by?

    1. A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.

    2. Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

    3. I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

    4. I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

    5. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.

    6. Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

    7. My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

    8. Never spend your money before you have earned it.

    9. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

    10. To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

    11. When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

    12. That government is best which governs the least.

    13. But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years?

    14. I place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

    15. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds…[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers… And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]… till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery… And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.

    “I believe the worst of this sorry spectacle is indeed caused by fear and prejudice.” Surely you’re referring to the following:

    I’m gonna murder Romney right now—
    Weston Sebree (@WestonSebree) October 17, 2012

    Somebody needs to asassinate This mofo Romney 16 Oct 12

    If Romney is elected, I’m going to assassinate him #sniperstyle—
    Erin (@erinheaven) October 17, 2012

    if romney’s elected as president, I will personally assassinate him.—
    Rihanna Taught Me (@breeziedeeznuts) October 17, 2012

    Surely you’re speaking of (reverse) racism. See here for the full story: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/secret-service-aware-threats-against-romney_654788.html

    But you could NOT be more wrong GIVEN our STRONG support for great Americans Rep. Mia Love, Rep. Lt. Col. Allen West, Senator Marco Rubio, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Presidential Candidate Herman Cain, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece: Dr. Alveda King, Stalwart Economists Drs. Thomas Sowell and Walter E. Williams, Political Strategists and Pundits Star Parker, Angela McGlowan, Zora Neal Hurston, Amy Holmes, Deneen Boreilli, Charles Payne, Kevin Jackson (The Blacksphere), AlfonZo Rachel (ZoNation), actress and staunch Romney Support Stacey Dash, and many, many others.

    You REALLY NEED TO GOOGLE the despicable, racist things said to many of the great Black Americans above, most by people within the Black community, including but not limited to: House Nigger, Oreo, Uncle Tom, white man dik [sic] hopp(er), ghetto gagger. etc.

    Here’s a couple links to get your started:



    ” . . . abortion; homosexual equality; governmental intrusion into home and school discipline; “radical” separation of church and state so there are no prayers of any kind in schools; promotion of contraception; acceptance of any and every alternate lifestyles as perfectly OK; a breakdown of the traditional family and gender roles; a general decline in morality; a course and crude popular culture getting worse; a rise in “new age” spirituality and atheism and decline in church attendance; opposition to Creationism and promotion of “godless” evolution. This is quite a list. (And it is not just a concern for fundamentalist Christians.)

    Obama: Gone!
    Borders: Closed!
    Language: English only
    Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
    Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
    NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!

    Every single one of the volitions above represents NOT fear but a resolute commitment to upend and reverse the primary person driving the list of godless behaviors and sns you listed just above, with the possible exception of Language.

    Obama is the Profligacy, Filicide, Homosexual, godless Socialism (half his party BOOED God not once, not twice, but three times at the Democratic National Convention), enslaving Debt, Bread & Circuses, Opaque Government, Fast & Furious & Benghazi Gate Cover Up-in-Chief.

    In a Judeo-Christian predicated Federalist, States’ Rights, Constitutional Rule of Law REPUBLIC (NOT a pure Democracy) her religious and moral people MUST get involved and overturn the Left turn toward godlessness, profligacy, lawlessness, and sin.

    I am convinced that the U.S. would have been morally, socially, and financially better off with Mormon President, tee-totaling, wildly charitable, moral and upright living, Harvard MBA & JD degreed, public and private executive experienced, Mitt Romney. Christians were right to try and elect him. Given our horrific “Obama Recovery” characterized by high unemployment, slow and slowing GDP growth, massive deficits, mountainous debt, creeping inflation, the looming Fiscal Cliff, unfettered abortion, solemnized homosexuality, Obama’s Kill List, drone attacks on foreign soil against U.S. citizens without Due Process, NDAA, business-crushing 68 new rules and regulations per day, the high social, moral and economic cost of Obamacare, the Obamacare Tax (“mandate”) attack on the Catholic and like-minded faiths, Fast & Furious, Benghazi Gate, and the looming showdown in the Middle East, Christians of all stripes were right to work for Obama’s defeat.

    1. Moral and Upright Americans are opposed to amnesty without cost to immigrant law-breakers while millions of people worldwide attempt to emigrate to the United States legally.

    2. No, No, No. You cannot compare the hyper-Black Liberation Theology Church of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright with the church of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are NOT the same. When have you heard either Rev. Wright Or Barack Hussein Obama tout these 10 MLK Rules for marchers:

    i. MEDITATE DAILY ON THE TEACHINGS AND LIFE OF JESUS. As Christians we should always do this

    ii. Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation, not victory. JESUS came for us all… we wrestle not against principalities and powers.

    iii. Walk and talk in the manner of love; for GOD IS LOVE.

    iv. Pray daily to be used by God that all men might be free. JESUS SETS US FREE.

    v. Sacrifice personal wishes that all men might be free. What good does it do to gain the world yet LOSE OUR SOULS?

    vi. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.

    vii. Seek to perform regular service for others and the world.

    viii. Refrain from violence in fist, tongue, and heart. We can do a lot of damage to people even by gossiping.

    ix. Strive to be in good SPIRITUAL and bodily health.

    x. Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on demonstrations.


    3. Sin is NOT decided upon by a Majority Vote. God already definitively decided and he is NOT about to be over-ruled by a Democracy vote.

    4. Have you considered that the sodomic emphasis in Scripture was less than the others you list because no government ever tried to solemnize and legalize it under the God-given rubric of marriage? In short, it just wasn’t a big political issue thousands of years ago and so did NOT need to be repeated more than once or twice.

    5. Within the New Covenant God is more or less silent about the most appropriate size and scope of Government. But our Constitution is NOT; and our nascent history is predicated upon the fact we fought a Revolutionary War and payed dearly with blood and treasure to be Liberated from a BIG, tyrannical government that tried to control too many of our behaviors. Read the latter party of the Declaration of Independence, which very, very few people ever do, and learn this truth.

    One of the egregious errors far too many Christians make is to ASS U ME that if there are poor people about then they have automatically been exploited. But this is NOT true. There are many poor people – who for whatever Godly reasons God has NEVER chosen to eliminate by making them rich or at least richer – who have never been exploited. Not all exploited people are poor and neither are all poor people exploited.

    “Unfortunately, (the Christian Right’s) “truth” is often selective, self-righteous and condemning.”

    The Christian Right at its best ECHOES God’s Truth and it is HIS Truth, a double-edged sword, which is very selective, Divinely righteous, and CONVICTING — not condemning. You must learn to differentiate between the Truth which CONVICTS wo/men, and God Who alone condemns them but whose message we echo as what awaits those who do NOT repent, believe and obey.

    Speaking of education, it is noteworthy that the LEAST educated and the MOST educated voted for Obama in the highest proportions. To wit:

    Among the Five Tiers of educational attainment: 1) No High School Diploma, 2) High School Graduate, 3) Some College/Associates Degree, 4) College Graduate, and 5) Post Graduate Study, the two tiers that gave the greatest percentage of their votes to Obama were numbers 1 and 5, a whopping 64% and 55%, respectively. The ONLY educational demographic group that gave greater than 50% of their votes to Romney (51%) was number 4: College Graduates, ~ 50% of the most recent of whom are laying on their moms’ couches un- or greatly under-employed and staring up at their faded Obama posters next to their college diplomas. This is so very telling. The educationally most ignorant and most government-dependent, and the most educated who are ALSO EDUCATING our youth vote for Socialist-derived Utopian Statism voted for Obama, while those not totally dependent upon Government for largess from womb to tomb (if they make it out alive) and are only partially brainwashed by America’s educational elite didn’t do so in such high numbers.


    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed ONLY with Republican’s help:

    Vote by Chamber and Party

    The original House version:

    Democratic Party: 152–96 (61–39%)

    Republican Party: 138–34 (80–20%)

    Cloture in the Senate:

    Democratic Party: 44–23 (66–34%)

    Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)

    The Senate version:

    Democratic Party: 46–21 (69–31%)

    Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)

    The Senate version, voted on by the House:

    Democratic Party: 153–91 (63–37%)

    Republican Party: 136–35 (80–20%)

    Totals House and Senate:

    Dems: 199-112 (64% for; 36% Opposed)

    Republicans: 163-41 (80% for; only 20% opposed).

    True Fundamentalists love homosexuals and hate their sin, just like we love Murderers and hate their sin. But we still prosecute murders. Same with thieves and perjurers, etc.

    “Instead of bringing America together in unity and back to God, (President George Bush, a) . . . conservative Christian Republican ended up dividing the country further, alienating allies, and leaving the country worse than he found it. And almost no Republican will admit this (at least in public).”

    The country is MORE divided now under Obama than it was under Bush. The extreme “schadenfreude” of Democrats is just one indicator of this fact. Tune into MSNBC some night and listen for yet more proof. Israel is one of our staunchest allies in the Middle East and Obama has alienated her Prime Minister, to say nothing of Egypt and even Libya. America was closer even to Russia under Bush than under Obama. And speaking of “leaving the country worse than when he found it,” you just described Obama to a tee. By virtually every socio-economic measure except GDP growth associated with the recession that began in December 2007 but was OVER by June 2009, Obama has been worse: unemployment rates, number of people officially below the poverty line, numbers on Welfare, Food Stamps, Disability, receiving Unemployment benefits, getting multiple free Obama Fones, deficits, debt, partisan rancor, erosion of 1st amendment rights (Obamacare’s “TAX” [mandate]), the enmity between men and women fueling the Battle of the Sexes: President Obama won women by 12 percentage points, while Mitt Romney won men by 8. That’s a 20-point gender gap, the largest since Gallup began tracking the metric in 1952 (as if there were NOT already enough conflict between men and women).


    “No wonder less people are attending church services.” When Americans HEAR their own President is now a Christian, but witnesses the fact that he does NOT go to Church on most Sundays, and he has disavowed his own pastor of ~20 years who baptized him, counseled him, married him and baptized his children, there is NO rational reason to blame low church attendance on Bush; none whatsoever, especially since President Bush retired almost four years ago.

    “God’s blessing will only come when the scapegoating and lies the fear and prejudice have caused ends.” NO. God’s blessings will come when He decides to send them. Not before. If God has “given us over” to our sins of debauchery, sodomy, Godlessness, blasphemy, filicide, gendercide (increasingly true), profligacy, racism, vulgarity, adultery, promiscuity, etc., then it is unwise to think that God will send his blessing anytime soon — though He just might anyway — and the Church’s prophetic role as Describer of the sitz im leban, Proclaimer of Truth, Caller to repentance, Warner of the coming wrath, and Teacher of the Gospel must emerge stronger, not weaker.

    To the extent that sins reside within the Church IRRESPECTIVE of voter registration she must herself repent, and there’s plenty of sin to repent of within the Socialist Gospel church or whatever branch of the Catholic (universal) Church those who have set themselves up against their brothers and sisters within other churches refer to themselves as.

    Call FIRST for repentance within your own house, and then go house to house preaching the Good News.

    • Wow.
      I might just pull you up on the sodomy thing though, it actually means not helping the poor:

      “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49

  • Mick

    This is what is wrong when religion is used to promte a political idealogy . Loving Christ gets mixed up in my side of name calling is better then yours . A report from the Wesleyan Media Project suggests that an astonishing 86 percent of all campaign commercials by the Obama campaign and allied groups featured negative messages about Romney. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan drew 1.3 million fewer votes then
    John McCain and Sarah Palin.The Democrats highlighted Romney’s wealth, offshore
    bank accounts, job-exporting background at Bain Capital, expensive Olympics
    horse, bad singing voice, mistreatment of his dog, unpublished tax returns,
    murder-by-cancer of a steelworker’s wife, and general heartlessness and

    The president drew 7.6 million fewer votes
    than he did in the hope-and-change election of 2008. His vote total, 61,911,000,
    is far closer to the numbers in Sen. John Kerry’s losing bid in 2004 than
    to his own triumphant support four years ago. Even the hated war mongering President George
    W. Bush earned more raw votes, from a much smaller potential electorate, in his
    own reelection bid than Obama did in his.

    Obama lost to Mitt Romney in a devastating landslide, 59 percent to 39 percent. Four
    years ago, he also lost the white vote, but by a far more modest margin of 12
    percentage points rather than the 20-point blowout this year.

    . A sy enlarged Latino electorate and an
    increase in the president’s percentage of Hispanic
    voters, to 71 percent from 67 percent, did provide him an
    additional 700,000 votesExit polls showed that Obama got a slightly smaller
    percentage of the black vote than last time and that turnout was sharply down,
    delivering at least 1.5 million fewer African-American ballots for the

    Democratic investment in negativity may have helped Obama win his bare majority
    of a radically shrunken electorate, but it also contributed powerfully to the
    sour national mood and to the widespread perception that the neither of two
    flawed candidates offered the nation an optimistic path

    Obama and his supporters succeeded in discouraging and disillusioning the Republican
    and independent voters Romney needed for victory. That’s your mandate , the
    republicans did not show up . As is being done here , blame and shame . That is and has always been the best tools of evil Hopefully both sides in politics will learn to put God first , at least we christians when we disagree. .

    • Drew

      Why did Republican and Independent voters get discouraged by Obama’s claims? Perhaps because they were true?

  • bubbawithab

    McCrossan’s article is so full of inference, fallacies and caricatures that I stopped taking him seriously after the first couple paragraphs, even though I was encouraged to read this as a good example of the left-Christian perspective. This is what has become of the Reformed Church in America? An exponent who holds to biblical inerrancy conflating Fundamentalism with conservative social politics? Really?

    There are at least a half dozen inductive fallacies here – I stopped counting. This is an example of why the social gospel emphasis of many “reformed” denominations is so lacking in intellectual rigor and propositional truth.

    • Take the social out of the gospel and you have a false gospel, directly opposite to the one Jesus taught.

    • Drew

      Many theologically conservative folks are worshipping the Republican Party and politics in general right now…. I think he got that part absolutely right. Even some conservative theological Christians are starting to wake up to this, and it’s about time.

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