But before I get into the “why,” I want to specify that–in all honestly–I don’t consider these people to be Christians. So if you’re reading this and that’s you, I don’t know what to tell you. I’m not trying to hurt your feelings or be needlessly offensive. I’m being honest. For me, the definition of that word–Christian–means to follow Jesus… And there are exactly zero things about supporting Donald Trump that are anything close to following Jesus. I could list off the tens of thousands of things that Donald Trump has said and done that are completely ANTI-Jesus, ANTI-Christ… but if you don’t already see it, the chances are slim that anything I write is going to change that. So for the purposes of this blog post, if I’m referring to people who follow an enemy-loving rabbi who angered the people in power by revealing a God who is on the side of the poor, the vulnerable, and the oppressed… If I’m referring to people who follow a man who seemed most angered by the hypocrisy of the “religious” elites, who preached about the end of tribalism and an end to the idea of a god who is for “us” and against “them,” and who proclaimed the coming of a different sort of kingdom where the power structure was flipped, I’ll use the term Christian.
But if I’m referring to people who follow a virgin-concieved God-man who came to the planet to start the one true religion, be worshiped forever, and send his followers out into the world to let everyone else on the planet know that they are going to burn in hell for all eternity unless they believe the exact right things… If I’m referring to people who worship the one-and-only son of God who was sent by the father to fulfill a divine desire for unblemished blood as a self-imposed son-sacrifice so that God could allow a few of us to get close to his goodness… If I’m referring to people who believe in the the Jesus who flies an American flag, carries a star-spangled gun, is for firm borders (both theological and national), and is on “our side” against the ones on the other side of the border, I’ll use the term “christian.” I’ll leave it lower case. And I’ll put it in quotes…. Because I don’t think it’s real… Because I consider it fake.
So now that we’ve got that settled, here is why “christians” support Donald Trump: It’s because they don’t know what “Good” is anymore. Culturally there are two things that have happened to bring us to the place we are now. One is the “post truth” age we are living in, where every person’s opinion is just as valid as another person’s opinion… despite the presence of things like “evidence” or “facts” or “proof.” This is partially made possible by a willingness to believe that everything is a conspiracy, and that everyone is in on it. The other thing that makes this possible is that “christians” believe in an amoral God… A God who thinks and acts just like the amoral man this country has elected as its leader.
Think about it for a moment… Jesus describes God as being “Good.” He uses the example of a good father. He says, “What kind of father gives a kid a stone when that kid asks for some bread? And what kind of father would give a snake to a kid who asks for a fish?” Those actions are clearly not “good.” We–in our brokenness–even understand this simple fact, right? And if God is “Good,” what kind of God would do something like this? I’m a mediocre parent, and I would NEVER send any of my kids to get tortured–with no hope of redemption–because he or she got something wrong. What kind of God would give a kid cancer? What kind of God would put a family through torture to “teach them a lesson” of some sort? What kind of God would send the vast majority of the humans who have ever lived on this planet to burn in a conscious, hellish torment for millions and billions and trillions of years… All because they believed the wrong theological things about a person named Jesus?
If we can know anything of “goodness,” then this is clearly not a “Good” God. Not if that word has any meaning. But that is where “christians” have come… To a place where the concept of “goodness” has no meaning. They will try to justify it with Bible verses. They’ll quote Isaiah and say, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” They’ll quote Job and say, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” But the story of Job is the story of a God who says, “I’m big and strong! How dare you question my morality?” This is how people USED to think about God, but Jesus was about changing that old way of thinking. And somehow–despite Jesus’ description of God to the contrary–this is where many of the people who identify as “christians” have landed: Equating and conflating Bigness & Strength with Goodness & Morality.
And this is how you end up with people who call themselves “christians” walking around wearing douchey red hats and supporting an unstable, narcissistic megalomaniac–He acts exactly like the unstable, narcissistic megalomaniac god they believe in. They are people who have surrendered their natural understanding of Goodness in order to avoid an eternal hell which doesn’t exist. They worship a god who says, “You don’t know what ‘good’ is. I’ll tell you.” People who walk around thinking, “It’s not for me to decide what is good and what isn’t.” But people who have stopped listening to the thing in them which says, “This is not good” are as dangerous as things get.
Oh, how I hate that god… The one who is in control of every little thing, and gives kids Leukemia for reasons only he knows. The one who kills kids because “he needed another angel.” I absolutely reject that god. That god is a logical impossibility, and keeping that idea of God as a prerequisite in Churches insures that the pews stay filled with people who are either willing to turn off their sense of morality, or people who are too dumb to realize the god they are being presented is a horrible monster. And then, when they figure it out, everything comes crashing down, and many of them abandon God altogether. And I don’t blame them one bit. That BS picture of god is worth abandoning. It is pagan. It is Zeus throwing lightning bolts. It is the volcano god who demands a young virgin. It is the god which allows people to think that our current president is anything other than completely morally reprehensible. And that god may be strong and terrifying… But we could never call that god “Good.”
So if you are grossed out by “christians,” I am too. But that doesn’t mean there are no Christians out there… And if you reject the monstrous god they worship, I reject it too. But that doesn’t mean there is no God out there… And if you reject people misusing and misreading the Bible as a justification for their hatred and bigotry, I reject that too. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t another way to read it which expands the light and life and love in us.
Anyway, don’t lose hope. I know it’s hard not to. I swear there is hope! Look for places where people get it. Human consciousness is expanding, and with it our capacity for empathy and love is expanding. Stay strong, and keep up the Good work. And if you want to become a person who gives a couple bucks a month to help support this blog, you totally can RIGHT HERE. It’s easy, and it really helps. Or you can Leave A Tip/Boost A Post RIGHT HERE. Otherwise, you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter. Either way, thank you so much for reading… It means a lot to me.
“For me, the definition of that word–Christian–means to follow Jesus…”
Boeskool, from what source and upon basis do you define “to follow Jesus”?
I have been thinking on this subject for 30 years and was forced by my logic to come to the same conclusion. Many thanks for this post.
Seems like you are happy to reject others interpretations, and can see the hypocrisy where it lies.. but then head off on your own tangent of interpreting theology in a way that makes you feel OK about it all… Its now just a short step to realizing it is ALL actually made up to quell our own fears and fill gaps in understanding of our own existence…. Stepping out into reality and accepting what is truly real is not that scary.. Life makes a lot more sense when you abandon these made up constructs and view everything from this side of the religious fence! Just food for thought from someone who has been where you are…..
ROB…or, as I’ve offered to BOESKOOL a couple times before, along the same line as you are offering him:
“Otherwise, BOESKOOL, it’s merely your arbitrary, wishful thinking versus their arbitrary wishful thinking; and, in the process, you unwittingly encourage them to continue in their contrary wishful thinking by giving them the ammo of ‘see, but we ALL believe in a deity!'”
So let me recap: I think you just said Donald Trump is the ANTI-Christ. Thank you for that. I think the problem today is that people already know if the are a “C” or a “c” and they’re OK with your definition. I know the “c” people in my universe are totally down with their star spangled AK47. Today’s vibe is about pushing back. Last week, I had a guy trying to convince me that he needed special consideration because white males are the minority now in the country. I think he was confused with the phrase “no longer the majority.”
Thank you for your thoughts. Thank you for reminding us that kindred spirits still roam. Thank you for making the time to have a blog and the courage to use it. Much love brother👍🏽
It’s my pleasure. 🙂
I have no idea if anyone will read this but I wanted to let you know that this quote:
*What kind of God would send the vast majority of the humans who have ever lived on this planet to burn in a conscious, hellish torment for millions and billions and trillions of years… All because they believed the wrong theological things about a person named Jesus? **If we can know anything of “goodness,” then this is clearly not a “Good” God.*
…is why I will no longer subscribe to your email list. It isn’t the first time you have tried to convey this point but it’s the last time I’ll read it. I have mostly enjoyed your wit and humor but over time this blog has become more of an educational blog about the pluralistic and watered down Christianity that has come to define my ( millennial ) generation.
I am genuinly praying clarity, conviction, monitary blessing and healthy for you, your family, and your church.
I hope that in the near future, I might randomly check back in and see a true interpretation of Mark 9, Matthew 23, Rev 20, and other scripture, like 1 Corinthians 6, am due Romans 1.
Oh well. I am what I am. Thanks for staying around for a little while, at least…
Does “knowingly creating a system where the vast majority of humans who ever lived are going to get tortured for all eternity without their torment having any redemptive value or hope of ending” sound like the actions of a “Good” God to you, Jacob?
So, I take opportunity to press these questions on you again, dear BOESKOOL: From where or what source do you obtain your knowledge of “god” to know what ‘god’ is like…, and, upon what objective basis do you define ‘good’?
Hey Joe. From the same source we get any knowledge… from self evidence. Right? Not every bit of “goodness” is self evident across multiple cultures… But many of them are. The important ones…
BOESKOOL…please list “the important ones”…or at least five or six of them.
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