So many commenters the last few days have been just amazed at the number of Evangelical leaders, and the members of their flocks, that seem to be just fine with Donald Trump, no matter what kind of indecent, disgusting and yes clearly anti-Christian things he does.
Well, it has not surprised me at all and I shall now explain (as I have done before ) why that is.
The fact is that Evangelical Christianity, at least as it has existed in this country for the last few decades, is not a religion at all, but rather a pseudo-religion; a fake religion.
Anyone who knows a thing about Jesus knows how much he demands of his followers; to care for the poor, the sick, prisoners, and the strangers among us. This requires real commitment and sacrifice, and that does not sit well with those who, as Evangelicals, claim to be his flock on earth. Instead, a new religion has emerged; one that glorifies greed and hatred of strangers and contempt for the less fortunate. For followers of this religion, the things that are important are hating gays and members of other religions, prayer in the schools, fighting abortion (a subject never mentioned by Christ) and denouncing evolution in favor of a fairy tale story of the origins of our world. What is important about these is that not one single one of them demands a thing from anyone. And this is the key: they have invented a false religion, which allows them to tell themselves that they are the moral ones, the elect, the chosen in the eyes of God, while freeing them to indulge in lives of the most base self-interest.
And here is the important thing to remember: The deception is not intended for the rest of us; they do not care about us. The deception is aimed at themselves; it provides them with great comfort, and for that reason there is virtually no way to get them to give it up.
The test of a theory is its predictive value. I will be so bold to state that this explanation of Evangelical Christianity, which I have made before, and only this explanation, could have predicted accurately the Evangelicals' ignoring of everything their Bible tells them, in order to continue supporting a figure of such manifest evil as Donald Trump. The values that the rest of us were taught to respect- truth, decency, concern for the welfare of others- mean absolutely nothing to these morally bankrupt people, who care only about sating their own greed and hatred. Their religion is nothing but a cover, to hide their true nature.
To show respect for their "religion" is to respect dishonesty, and the selfish values that it serves. To grant them a position of respect because they adhere to this sham is to concede defeat in this major front of the battle between decency and unbridled self interest, which is tearing this country apart.
No more. I, for one, will never again grant them the right to cite their sham beliefs as a justification for the evil they promote. These people are wrong and they are evil, and if we do not stand up to them, they will destroy us.