Nobody else is talking about this. And when I say nobody I mean, I have literally not seen a single individual point this out.
Months ago I started warning Christians not to sacrifice their dignity at the altar of politics. Unfortunately, this is exactly what has happened.
It started around the time that it was revealed Donald Trump had won the Evangelical vote in South Carolina. Naturally, for any believer, we should be interested. And when it comes to a presidential candidate, and potential leader of the greatest nation in history, it’s understandable that many are concerned about whether or not he is a true Christian.
But somewhere along the line, our concern turned into something very dark, and very ugly.
The online world of Christendom began to froth up attacks toward Trump.
Then the attacks turned into half truths.
And half truths turned into complete lies.
Then came outrageous accusations and comparisons to Hitler.
With every victory Trump gained, Christian’s vitriol turned all the more toxic and desperate.
Finally it all seemed to climax into what we are seeing now: Essentially an ultimatum to our fellow believers that sounds something like, “either you disavow Trump, or we will bring into question your relationship with God . . . And maybe even sprinkle in doubts about your salvation as a whole.”
None of this is new.
The Body of Christ has never really dealt with this issue, or even addressed it. It stretches far beyond politics and is the same attitude I have seen in critics of Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, and others we disagree with. There’s always been a wink and a nod that says, “If you think the person is evil, a false prophet/teacher, then it’s okay to lie and misrepresent them, because it’s for the greater good.” I have already had multiple Christians admit to me that they knowingly have said or passed on false information about Trump because they felt his defeat was more important than the truth. In fact, all the vile and fallacious memes you see in the image above were personally taken from Christian friends of mine who shared and endorsed them on Facebook.
And those are only from the past few days!
What’s Happening Here?
I’m going to say that all of this isn’t about Trump, Hillary, Cruz, or anyone else. It’s not about an election. This is about us. When this is all said and done, will we be able to look back and say we conducted ourselves respectably, honestly, and with dignity? Did we lead the way in a world of mud slinging and name calling? Did we defend the truth, even when it came to those we disagreed with? Or did we contribute to the problem?
I’m not going to dig into the rights and wrongs of any of the candidates. Instead, I’m hoping to appeal to our common sense. In our heart of hearts, we know that many of the accusations coming from believers are bogus, half truths, and unfair.
And you know what?
That means it’s our Christianity that needs examining.