Well, it's simple isn't it? Nobody challenged him, least of all his own congregation and definitely not the wider Christian community. How many times have you seen a Christian step up to remonstrate with another who promotes a tweet or Facebook post with racist or bigoted undertones? How many blind eyes have you turned on a person drawing our attention to a hate crime? How many times have you agreed with the cries of "FAKE" or "Put your big girl panties on" when someone tries to tell us about this: .
But exactly what kind of church will be your crowning jewel? A church where racism and prejudice are simply collateral damage? A church where men like Dan Johnson lead the charge towards holiness and purity, both from the pulpit and in elected government? If Christians tolerate this, they are, at worst, endorsing it and, at best, complicit. I will never think this is okay.
When Trump began his rise to power, I'll admit I was scared. I am not American so I did not get to vote but I saw the mobilization of angry voices, I sensed the huge swell of hate towards people of other faiths and races. And the swell began to rise, to take on an ever more intolerant shape, as the worst among us became emboldened by the hostile climate. Both before and after the election result, these voices rang out, loud and clear.
Except the Christians didn't show up, at least not in any numbers to make a real difference. And so I wait....and I wait....and I wait. Let me make it clear that I am the rubbishest of rubbish Christians. I don't attend a regular church, my praying is incredibly patchy and Jesus most definitely does not have me on speed dial. But I'm trying, I'm really trying to promote God's love in among all the hate but you seasoned pros have abandoned me. Where did you go? You stay so silent. Why? Seriously, I'll ask again - where did you go?
Trump's evangelical voters are unfairly catagorised as xenophobic, bigoted, racist and downright deplorable. So fight against this label. Like it or not, your failure to acknowledge the bubbling cesspit is seen as complicity by non-believers. When you see hate, SPEAK. When you see oppression, COMFORT and when you see Christ's name being used to promote bigotry CHALLENGE. At the moment, the people struggling with this important job are small in number and overwhelmed, often derided as libtards and mocked as pussies and snowflakes for daring to express feelings of hurt, anger and fear. They need you to advocate for them, but God's American army apparently decided that the battle was won and put down their spiritual swords for a well-earned rest.
Look at this man in the photo below. There are plenty of Christians who would pour scorn on his actions, but at least he's trying to be decent, to make a positive difference, to welcome the stranger and the foreigner, to love others as the Lord has loved you. I applaud him for standing there on that street, preaching protection for his neighbors, whom he appears to be gravely concerned about. Look at his face. He looks scared and alone. And in this climate of unfettered hate, he's probably justified in his fear.
'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' - Matthew 25:40.
We need you (yes, YOU) to pick up your spiritual sword again and let your faith shine in this darkest of darkness, because the battle most certainly isn't over. In fact, it hasn't even begun.