Notes from Jan

Are We So Far to the Right, It’s Wrong?

July 6, 2016

Good to have friends forwarding thoughtful pieces,  like today’s, July 5th, op-ed piece in the NYTimes, The Theology of Donald Trump by Peter Wehner.

The linkage between the evangelical label and historic Christianity continues to disturb me.   In this political milieu, the label’s so far to the right, for me, it’s wrong.

Terrifyingly so.

Quotes attributed to some evangelical leaders,  including some whose books I’ve read, leave me struggling to be a person of truth and grace, to carry the burdens of brothers and sisters with whom I disagree, to Love God and my neighbor as myself.

What does Eric Metaxas mean when he says, “Trump is the last best hope of keeping America from sliding into oblivion.”

I’ve heard more than once, “this is about religious freedom.”  For whom?

If some evangelical leaders wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Trump, what am I missing?

What is really at stake?

Wehner reminds readers of what Christ taught and lived. True Christianity models humility, meekness, kindness, “strength made perfect in weakness” polar opposites from power-full.

Before knowing anything of this morning’s op-ed piece, I was reading Mark 10.  It’s the story of James and John sidling up to Jesus and asking,”Will you give us the highest places of honor beside you in glory?”

Like, “after you’re President can we_____?”

Jesus answered,”My way’s through the servant’s entrance.”

Not an attractive candidate for either party.

Peter Wehner closed with words from French philosopher and theologian, Jacques Ellul,  “Politics is the church’s worst problem.  It is her constant temptation, the occasion of her greatest disasters, the trap continually set for her by the prince of this world.”

Must history repeat itself?

Lord, have mercy.








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  • Reply Radina Welton July 6, 2016 at 2:16 am

    AMEN Sister!!!

  • Reply Sue Andringa July 6, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Lord have mercy, indeed! God must be up to something big. Revival? How we need it!

  • Reply Rita Smith Dove July 6, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Yes, Jan, Lord, have mercy!

  • Reply Jim Trent July 6, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Once again, Jan, you’re totally on target.

  • Reply Nancy Sheys July 6, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Lord have mercy indeed! I simply don’t understand the attraction!

  • Reply susan July 6, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Christ have mercy

  • Reply Dale Lefever July 7, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Thanks Jan,

    I think the “anyone, but Hillary” or “anyone, but Trump” both have created an “anyone, but Jesus” mentality. Once again, we want our way and the want Jesus to bless us.

    I guess we could vote for each other to feel good about our conscience, but then that would create the need for background checks and would blow our cover.

    Blessings, Dale

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