During the 2016 election evangelicals showed up en masse at the polls to vote for Donald J. Trump, a man who they claimed represented their Christian values despite the fact that he is an avowed sexual predator, an overt xenophobe, and entrenched misogynist. They voted Republican by contorting themselves and jumping through hoops to mentally justify their decision.
Now, pastor John Pavlovitz has penned a scathing letter to so-called Christian leaders still supporting our immoral, ignorant president. In it, he criticizes them for supporting Trump from their pulpits and for driving their congregations to help Trump win the White House.
Pavlovitz challenges them to provide evidence that Trump is actually Christian, before going on to provide a sarcastic list of such evidence.
“Maybe you’d care to unpack in detail how the blessed virtues of the Beatitudes are on display in his social media exchanges and his press conferences and his personal conduct—how he’s been a meek, merciful, pure in heart peacemaker,” Pavlovitz writes. Trump, of course, conducts himself like a total boor on Twitter, using crude phrases and childish tweets to attack his enemies, a far cry from Christian behavior.
“You could devote a 4-week sermons series at your church to reading the Sermon on the Mount, and highlighting how Donald Trump has replicated it all: how he’s shunned anger, how he’s avoided breaking promises, the way he’s turned his cheek in conflict, how he’s honored his (third) marriage, the way he hasn’t broadcast his prayers, how he’s avoided public boasting and quietly given to the needy, how he’s refrained from storing up earthly wealth, how he’s shown clear, tangible, beautiful fruit of his faith through a daily life that visibly resembles Jesus. (That would make for a great midweek small group study.)” Pavlovitz continues.
Again, the sarcasm is palpable. Trump has an infamously short temper, is a pathological liar, a philanderer and sexual predator, who constantly brags about his fake faith. Pavlovitz then shifts gears and drops the sarcasm to reveal what he really thinks.
“Maybe you could just admit that nothing in him remotely resembles Jesus and never has. You might confess that he’s never been a Christian by any measurement that matters—and that this fact has never mattered and still doesn’t matter to you,” Pavlovitz pens.
Any reasonable person can look at Trump and see that he is utterly devoid of moral character, and is nothing more than a hateful charlatan. He has draped himself in fake piety in order to sway voters, but it’s nothing more than transparent pandering.
Read the full letter here.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.