My Fellow Evangelicals: You Just Lost Me

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My fellow evangelicals, you just lost me.

80 percent of you supported Donald Trump in this election.  At the behest of Donald Trump’s hatchet men Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Wayne Grudem, and many others, you linked arms with Donald Trump’s jacked-up Neo-Nazi thugs and many of the worst specimens of humanity, in order to elect the worst candidate ever to run for any elected office in the history of the United States, to the highest office in the United States.

You placed the largest economy in the free world into the hands of a man who has run multiple businesses into the ground, whose credit is so abysmal that not a single U. S. bank will lend to him anymore.

You placed our soldiers under the command of a man who has mocked the service of those who were captured or who have disabilities, a man who has made no secret of the fact that he will order our soldiers to commit war crimes.

You delivered our nuclear codes into the hands of a man who should never in a million years be allowed within a million miles of the nuclear codes–a violent sociopath with the emotional maturity of a two-year-old who will use those codes to get back at anyone who should get crosswise with him in any way whatsoever.

You kicked sixteen much better qualified candidates to the curb and shoved your Donald Trump down our throats.  You then compounded this outrage by elevating him to the highest office in the land, against even the remotest semblance of good judgment.

You tried to bully me into accepting that what love requires of me is to support a candidate who is the physical embodiment of anger, hatred, and violence directed against Mexicans, Muslims, and anyone else who is different from us in any way.  Your Wayne Grudem told me that as a follower of Jesus Christ I have a moral imperative to excuse the inexcusable and defend the indefensible in support of your Donald Trump.

Okay.  I know this does not apply to all of you.  Some of you–many of you–are saddened and sickened, as I am, at the outcome of this election.

But the polls don’t lie.  80 percent of you are dancing in the streets tonight with utter joy and reckless abandon, arms linked with your jacked-up alt-right Neo-Nazi besties.  80 percent of you will be dancing in the streets for the next four to eight years…

…as Hispanics are deported en masse and Hispanic families are ripped apart.  They’re all here illegally.  Serves them right.

…as white police now feel increasing freedom to destroy black people.  We all know they’re the problem so lock ’em all up.  Serves them right.

…as women are dehumanized and objectified to the point where their entire worth is nothing more than how their appearance rates on a scale of 1 to 10 in the eyes of Donald Trump.  Any who rate less than a 7 are fucking worthless.

…as Muslims and others are deported or denied entrance to our country for no other reason than their religious beliefs.  They’re all terrorists.  Serves them right.

…as New Orleans and many other coastal cities around the world are lost forever under a rising ocean.  We all know global warming is a hoax.

…as the Oval Office becomes a mouthpiece for birtherism and all sorts of other absurd conspiracy theories.  We all know those vaccines cause autism.

Thanks to you, there is now (to say nothing of four, or–God forbid!!!!!–eight, years from now) no longer any distinction in the minds of people between evangelical and Republican, between Republican and Donald Trump, between Donald Trump and his jacked-up Neo-Nazi thug supporters.  And to many on the outside of our evangelical bubble, there is no distinction between Christian and evangelical, and thus between Christian and Donald Trump’s jacked-up Neo-Nazi thug supporters.

All this–just so you could have a couple of anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights Supreme Court justices.

That is unacceptable.

I refuse to believe that the suffering of women, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, and other minorities in our country–all of whom are real people for whom Jesus Christ died–is an acceptable price to pay for a couple of Supreme Court justices who suit my political sympathies.

I refuse to believe that having this stinking abomination in the White House for the next four to eight years is an acceptable price to pay for a couple of Supreme Court justices who suit my political sympathies.

For these reasons, I am not like you.  I cannot be like you.

I will still attend your churches.  I will still work in your preschool and care for your babies on Sunday morning.  I will still come out for your singles gatherings and singles events.

But know this:  Though my body will be there, my heart has left the building.  Perhaps in time, my body will follow.  I don’t know yet.  We’ll just have to see.

It pains me to say this.  Evangelicalism has been my spiritual home for the last several years.  Evangelicalism has formed me spiritually through a significant portion of my collegiate and young adult existence, and has been very good to me over the years.

But now, here we are.

You have made it perfectly clear to me (80 percent of you, at any rate–if the polls are to be believed) that I am no longer loved, no longer wanted, no longer valued–that I no longer have a home here in evangelicalism.

You have trashed America.  You have trashed evangelicalism.  You have elevated the worst kind of stinking abomination to the highest office in the land.  Thereby reducing both America and evangelicalism to something completely and totally unrecognizable.  Just so you could have a couple of anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights Supreme Court justices.

You had my heart.  And you slammed it to the ground, shattered it into a million little pieces, and shit all over it.  Just so you could have a couple of anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights Supreme Court justices.

You don’t care that my heart has left the building or that my body may soon follow.  You are too busy dancing in the streets tonight with Donald Trump and his jacked-up Neo-Nazi thug supporters.

My fellow evangelicals, you just lost me.

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