Our good friend Jerry over at Grumpy’s Grumblings has another post that I’d like to share with you. Before I get to that though, I want to let all of you know that I’ve been sort of off the grid for a while. I’ve been doing some part-time work, officially retiring from the “semi-retired” status I’ve been in for the past nearly 6 years.
Unfortunately, it’s been a bit of a challenge tending to this blog. I’m going to do my best to get back to it, though. We’ve got a tough few months ahead and an important — no, make that, incredibly important, election ahead of us. We simply must not let the GOP retake any lever of power in this midterm election. The stakes are simply too high. The fascistic direction they’ve decided to take, led by the disgraced former president, portends a future where democracy’s survival in this country is at grave risk were they to retain power. Let’s not let that happen!
So, on to the subject at hand, which is Jerry’s new post. If you’re new to this space, Jerry is a lifelong evangelical Christian who has decided the party he once belonged to, the GOP, is no longer a viable political party. Once they decided to blindly and loyally stick by the “messiah” Trump, he could not stay silent any longer. Jerry’s written several posts for us here, and I’d highly recommend you check them out. I share his posts because what he says must be amplified — shouted from the mountaintop, if you will. His former friends and brethren must hear what they do not want to hear: Their “messiah” is nothing but a two-bit criminal and demagogue, who only wants back in power so that he can feed his massive narcissistic ego, and make millions in the process.
Jerry’s new piece gives us insight into the kind of folks who continue to worship the disgraced former president, as only he can. Here is an excerpt from it. I’ve included a link at the end to continue reading over at his site. Thanks, Jerry!
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.” – Matthew 24:24
For decades, I believed, like most white evangelicals, that the above Bible verse—and many others like it—referred to liberal Christians. They are, I believed, the ones who will be deceived by false prophets. I was wrong. So, who are these “elect” who will be misled by false Christs and false prophets? They are the folks I lived beside, worshiped with, learned from, and taught. They are the white evangelicals who proudly proclaim their righteousness and decry the sinfulness of anyone outside their homogenous circle.
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They are the MAGA folks promoting Christian nationalism. They are the believers who are certain they are the sheep who truly follow the Messiah while liberal believers are the goats. They are the crazies who now openly proclaim that Donald J. Trump is the new messiah.
For years now, I have referred to Trump as white evangelicals’ new messiah. I suspect many thought I was exaggerating. But there is no longer any room for doubt. A new book by Helgard Muller openly and unashamedly bears the title President Donald John Trump, the Son of Man, the Christ. Meanwhile, Pastor Johnny Enlow declares that human history should no longer be referred to as BC and AD. That division should be replaced by BT (Before Trump) and AT (After Trump). Enlow also claims God told him that Trump is—not will be, but already is—President of the entire world.
In previous posts I detailed how these bizarre beliefs came about, so I won’t cover that here. (If you’d like to read more about the evolution of these blasphemous beliefs, see “The Rotten Core of Christian Nationalism,” “Nothing Will Tarnish the Messiah’s Crown,” Trumpism Is Not Over,” and “Prepare Ye the Way of the Theocrat.”)
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