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Was Trump chosen by God?

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- Are you preaching to me?

    A couple of more extracts from the article:

    "Andrew Whitehead, an assistant professor of sociology at Clemson University who focuses on the rise of Christian nationalism, agreed with Fea. “Christian nationalist rhetoric, defending America’s Christian heritage” — all these, he said, were common tropes throughout American history. “But what makes Trump interesting, a test as to the power of this Christian nationalist rhetoric, is that regardless of personal piety … his use of that rhetoric still resonated, and people still voted for him.” Trump managed to capture the evangelical imagination without being particularly evangelical — or, indeed, personally religious — himself.

    "The Cyrus narrative allows evangelicals to thread a difficult rhetorical needle. It allows them to see Trump as “their” candidate — a candidate who will effect God’s will that America become a truly Christian nation — without requiring Trump himself to manifest any Christian virtues. He is, like Cyrus, anointed by God and thus has divine legitimacy (Trump’s spiritual advisers, including evangelical figures Robert Jeffress and Paula White, have repeatedly hammered this point), but he has no obligation to live out Christian principles in his personal life."

    This exposes the hypocrisy of the Christian evangelicals and how their brains work. I am not endorsing their hypocrisy. But to dismiss and scorn a major Republican voting block outright makes it more difficult to chip away at their beliefs.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Dutch -- Are you preaching to me?

    A couple of more extracts from the article:

    "Andrew Whitehead, an assistant professor of sociology at Clemson University who focuses on the rise of Christian nationalism, agreed with Fea. “Christian nationalist rhetoric, defending America’s Christian heritage” — all these, he said, were common tropes throughout American history. “But what makes Trump interesting, a test as to the power of this Christian nationalist rhetoric, is that regardless of personal piety … his use of that rhetoric still resonated, and people still voted for him.” Trump managed to capture the evangelical imagination without being particularly evangelical — or, indeed, personally religious — himself.

    "The Cyrus narrative allows evangelicals to thread a difficult rhetorical needle. It allows them to see Trump as “their” candidate — a candidate who will effect God’s will that America become a truly Christian nation — without requiring Trump himself to manifest any Christian virtues. He is, like Cyrus, anointed by God and thus has divine legitimacy (Trump’s spiritual advisers, including evangelical figures Robert Jeffress and Paula White, have repeatedly hammered this point), but he has no obligation to live out Christian principles in his personal life."

    This exposes the hypocrisy of the Christian evangelicals and how their brains work. I am not endorsing their hypocrisy. But to dismiss and scorn a major Republican voting block outright makes it more difficult to chip away at their beliefs.

    No Schmidt, I'm not a preacher, and certainly do not preach to you, you are mostly 99% correct all the time, so don't worry. I just make statements to the ignorant "evangelicals" who live in la la land and don't realize "bibles" were written by "people", not by little monsters on Mars.