Meditations of a christizen (christian-citizen)upon today's topics.
|Donald J trump, the most character challenged individual to become POTUS (President of the United States) has his staunchest support among white evangelical Protestants. A recent pew research poll indicates that roughly 7 out of 10, more precisely 72% of such people approve of the President’s job performance. They hold that view despite his fumbling of the Corona Virus pandemic, jailing the children of refugees seeking asylum by legal means, stoking racial tensions and overall bringing out the worst in us. Apparently, his photo op in which he held the Bible upside down impressed them.
America’s so called Bible Belt is typically believed to consist of states located in the deep south, the entirety of nearby states i.e. Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. A number of U.S. Bible Belt maps online generally follow this pattern. I would also include Nebraska in this conversation although most such maps don’t include it. The region is referred to as such due to its large protestant evangelical cultural presence. I’ve mentioned in previous ‘Word Courier’ entries that this region has often exhibited behavior at odds with Scriptural standards. (see Word Courier entries “Cultrural Contamination of the Christ Covenant” July 31, 2012 and “Out of Egypt” October 30, 2012)
A cursory look at varied 2020 election projection maps indicate that 9 of 13 deep south Bible belt states along with nearby belters previously referred to support the president’s reelection bid. To be fair, three such states, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina are considered swing states because they may vote either way. Virginia is the lone belt state widely expected to support his opponent Sen. Joe Biden.
Now, as a disciple first and a democrat second, I understand voting differences among people of faith. I admit to disagreeing with our conservative faithful’s prior support of Sen. John McCain, Presidents Reagan and the Bush dynasty. However, I understand how a biblical value view point could influence people to support these individuals. However, Donald Trump is a different animal.
He is a cruel, corrupt, incompetent sociopath with the unyielding backing from a certain group of professing Christians. We as Gospel believing disciples of Jesus Christ must understand this affects our witness. People many of whom do not profess our faith see his litany of misdeeds and complete absence of decency and notice that its bible thumpers backing him. Furthermore, I can envision a future in which people unfriendly to the faith use the belters dogged support against all Gospel believers and what we speak.
How then do we explain this now and into the future? I know how I’ll explain it. I refer again to the cultural Christian, they who can’t tell the difference between their culture and Christ likeness. People often take a sliver of biblical teachings and tie these into their perverse culture. How else does on explain the Bible belt’s comfortable coexistence with Jim Crow and its attendant lynching, Klan raids and oppression with worship of the God of the Holy Scriptures? They culture the Christ rather than Christen the culture. And, you see what that gets us.