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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Republican Redux 22 - Wasting of the Evangelical Mind

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Everyone knows the ploy by now: Anyone who runs for President must equate God and nationalism. If you leave the God part out, you are branded as not being a patriot.
- Are You Running With Me Jesus

What is patriotism but “the narcissism of petty differences?” That’s Freud’s term, describing the disorder that compels one group to feel superior to another.
- Why I’m Not Patriotic

It was also allowed to wage war against the holy ones and conquer them, and it was granted authority over every tribe, people, tongue, and nation. All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain.
- Revelation 13:8-9

The Wasting of the Evangelical Mind
The peculiarities of how American Christianity took shape help explain believers vulnerability to conspiratorial thinking and misinformation.

By Michael Luo
New Yorker
March 4, 2021

It was among the most jarring scenes of the CAPITOL INVASION, on January 6th. As rioters MILLED ABOUT on the Senate floor, a long-haired man in a red ski cap bellowed, from the dais, “Jesus Christ, we invoke your name!” A man to his right - the so-called QAnon Shaman, wearing a fur hat and bull horns atop his head, and holding an American flag - raised a megaphone and began to pray. Others in the chamber bowed their heads. “Thank you, heavenly Father, for being the inspiration needed to these police officers to allow us into the building, to allow us to exercise our rights, to allow us to send a message to all the tyrants, the Communists, and the globalists, that this is our nation, not theirs, that we will not allow the America, the American way of the United States of America, to go down,” he said. “Thank you, divine, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent creator God for filling this chamber with your white light and love, your white light of harmony. Thank you for filling this chamber with patriots that love you and love Christ.”

Falsehoods about a STOLEN ELECTION, retailed by Donald Trump and his allies, drove the Capitol invasion, but DISTORTED visions of Christianity suffused it. One group carried a large wooden cross; there were banners that read “In God We Trust, Jesus Is My Savior / Trump Is My President,” and “Make America Godly Again;” some marchers blew shofars, ritual instruments made from rams horns that have become popular in certain conservative Christian circles, owing to its resonance with an account in the Book of Joshua in which Israelites sounded their trumpets and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. The intermingling of RELIGIOUS FAITH, CONSPIRITORIAL THINKING, and MISGUIDED NATIONALISM on display at the Capitol offered perhaps the most unequivocal evidence yet of the American church’s role in bringing the country to this DANGEROUS moment.

Michael Luo is the editor of The New Yorker

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Posted by Elvis on 03/10/21 •
Section Dying America • Section Spiritual Diversions
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