Here’s my rebuttal to a characteristically poor quality article HuffPost put up with a characteristic click-bait title, “Has Evangelical Christianity Become Sociopathic?”
The article accurately asserts that blatantly mixing politics with religion has usually left a stain on religion. Still, religious people have a duty to vote their conscience. Political leaders of any sort of religious persuasion rightly govern with guidance from their moral foundations if they have any integrity. Some of our most highly regarded national leaders have been religious people.
With regard to the last national election, the Democratic Party had moved so far to the left that it created a backlash from the right and far-right. Moderates on either side became silenced for fear of supporting a lunatic, even though that’s what both parties offered. The dialogue became so polarized that large portions of both sides found the other side’s candidate absolutely repugnant. Even the less committed voters on each side found the other side’s candidate totally repugnant. They either had to abstain, hold their nose and vote for their party’s candidate, or sell their soul and cross the party line to vote for someone they felt was worse by an order of magnitude.
I can only hope that last election cycle was an outlier and not the start of a trend. That said, using that election to paint all conservative evangelical Christians as sociopaths when their other choices were Clinton or abstention is, well… crazy.
Using the debate over the federal government’s constitutional mandate to control our national borders to demonize evangelicals is just nonsense. Go back a decade or more and you find plenty of Democrats, including the Clintons and Obama, advocating the kind of common sense immigration policies that now seem to be championed only in the conservative domain.
Most of the evangelical Christians I know speak out constantly against the politico-religious demagoguery this article accuses them of. So, I guess the writer’s assessment of evangelical Christianity as based on hatred and abuse may align squarely with the left-wing’s tactics, lately, of defining all of their rivals as hateful abusers, racists, bigots, misogynists, add-a-termphobes, greedy, selfish, or whatever. It doesn’t square with my experience from inside evangelical churches. Don’t get me wrong. Church should be a place where all are welcome to explore an encounter with God that leads to a better life. That means a lot of people in church may not be in a happy place. Church isn’t a place for perfect people. It is a place for imperfect people to learn to grow together in love. The people who run the evangelical churches I have been involved with understand this and work tirelessly to spread this philosophy, a philosophy taught by Jesus and His apostles.
This article uses the lunatic fringe, adds a dash of over-simplified contextual misinterpretation, and a heavy dose of broad generalization to achieve misrepresentation ad ridiculum.