Dwayne and I as a rule don’t devote space here to politics. But it’s hard to see someone you love lose their mind. Pastor John Pavlovitz expresses his disappointment over and assessment of evangelicalism’s support of Trump and we concur entirely with his perspective. And we say that as evangelicals.
With the news of evangelical leader James Dobson’s endorsement of Trump, the rising tide of Sadducean support submerges me. I cannot avoid concluding that evangelicals as a cultural-religious phenomenon (or faith tradition, to the extent 100 years can be called a tradition) are no longer teetering upon the precipice of irrelevance in danger of losing their credibility and voice. We are beyond that as a tribe. We have leapt off the edge and are in free fall. It’s over for us as a cultural and prophetic voice calling people to a rational, transformative faith and worldview. We are no longer a voice in the wilderness. Our address is Jerusalem, Main Street, c/o Caiaphas and Annas. We have nothing of moral consequence to say to the world.
Like Gollum falling into the bowels of Mount Doom with the Ring of Power in his hand, smiling and happy as he fell but oblivious to his fate, evangelicals descend, smiling and rejoicing with the Presidency (let’s give it to their man) in their hands, into their consuming desire.