Sunday, April 9, 2017

NC pastor to Trump supporters: Stop calling Trump a Christian—he's everything Jesus stood against

Mod: A little homily for a Sunday.

NC pastor to Trump supporters: Stop calling Trump a Christian—he's everything Jesus stood against (Daily Kos link): North Carolina Pastor John Pavlovitz continues to call out the hateful rhetoric and actions of Donald Trump, as well as the religious hypocrisy within the church. Over the past year, the popularity of the North Raleigh pastor has grown and many find his public essays to be  straightforward, compassionate and thought-provoking. In one piece, Pavlovitz addresses Christian women and warns them about the misogyny that is perpetuated by extreme right-wing Christian males, who seem okay with Trump’s sexual assaults, and thus really don’t care about and/or respect women.

Though Pavlovitz writes a lot about the perilous Donald Trump, he has also written some stunning pieces about others including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Barack Obama. With a social media platform that now reaches millions of people who are believers and non-believers, Pavolvitz has become a strong voice of truth and faith in a country that is torn. Given his unabashed views on Trump, one might say Pavlovitz is an integral part of Christian #Resistance.

Pavlovitz recently published a piece urging folks to stop referring to Donald Trump as a Christian. Who would have thought during Trump’s early campaign, he would ever have been referred to as a man of God. But “somehow” Trump found Jesus on the campaign — just in time to garner millions of Christian voters. Pavlovitz reminds us that Trump’s life shows contempt toward the good that Jesus lived and preached: “humility, generosity, respect, empathy, kindness, peace.” But high-positioned and high-profile evangelists were able to convince many in their flocks that the real Donald Trump is a new Christian — who has now seen the light and is headed for the Promised Land. Pavlovitz adds:

Sure, he was on his third marriage and was heard on video boasting of his infidelity to his current wife. 

Yes, he said he could grab a woman by the genitalia. 

Yes, he advocated that protesters at his rallies be “roughed up.” 

Sure, he made fun of a disabled man. 

Certainly, he talked about walling off Mexicans and banning Muslims and taking away healthcare

But Donnie loved Jesus now — so all should be well with our souls.

Pavlovitz says he struggles with the hypocrisy of the millions of fundamentalists who use the word of God to condemn the LGBTQ community, Muslims, entertainers, Atheists, Democrats... yet these same fundamentalists have suddenly become a people full of grace for Trump, saying we should not judge lest we be judged,” because “God looks at the heart” and how dare we assess another’s professed faith. Pavlovitz questions how this kind of mercy was somehow never in play over the eight years fundamentalists spent crucifying Barack Obama. Their obsession with President Obama most likely had nothing to do with religion. It was more to do with “pigmentation” — the color of President Obama’s skin.

After being a pastor for 20 years,

In his piece, Pavlovitz cites the words of Jesus in a passage from Matthew 5:

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. “

In accordance with the above passage, the NC pastor asks what kind of fruit comes from:

- Eliminating healthcare for tens of millions of poor people?
- Banning refugees and leaving them stranded at airports?
- Walling of Mexico and demanding they pay for the gesture?
- Driving an oil pipeline through sacred Native American land?
- Filling your Cabinet with billionaires?
- Demonizing and banning Muslims?
- Appointing a white supremacist to the highest level of government?

Pavlovitz calls Donald Trump’s fruit putrid and rotten and tells Christians:

“You can continue to support this man, but don’t say you’re doing it because he is a man of God, a follower of Jesus, someone striving for Christlikeness.”

Though Pavlovitz says he cannot know what’s in Trump’s heart, what is clear is that there is little if any love, benevolence, or compassion towards others — “and that does matter to Jesus.” If Christians really care about all people coming to know Christ, then using Trump as an example will not help that effort, only hinder it. And until Trump shows some resemblance of benevolence and love, “we need to stop using him and Jesus in the same breath, because it distorts Jesus by association.” Pavlovitz makes many more good points in the full essay, which is a quick and very worthwhile read.

In his conclusion, John Pavlovitz speaks to Christians who may be tempted to argue with him about Trump’s so-called “Christianity” and beckons them to first read Sermon on the Mount and then suggests they spend some time in ”reflection and prayer” before attempting to show where they see Jesus in Trump’s life.

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43 comments:

  1. I would bet this guy did not vote for President Trump.
    I can also ascertain that this "Preacher" is a Progressive.
    I would also pray that this "Preacher/Minister" make a pilgrimage to the White House; President Donald J. Trump, can then lay his hands upon this troubled soul and heal him.

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    1. Can President Trump walk on the water, turn water into wine, or raise the dead?

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    2. You are a jackass that's why you anonymous because you're a shame of who you are a racist sexist human hater you really need to read the bible I feel sorry for people like you when you have to face God so I say nowcgod bless your hateful soul

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    3. Ann please don't curse on my day of rest,or any of my days.Please do not judge others for me,only yourself. And for God's sake don't threaten others with my vengeance.

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    4. So many people claim to be speaking on behalf of Jesus. You have to wonder how many have actually been authorized to do that.

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    5. I think you need to get a permit from the city.

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    6. I don't understand what comment brought Ann to name calling...?

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    7. Maybe she stubbed her toe.

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    8. Her literary approach seems much like that of Trump guy,very confusing,irrational incomprehensible.

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    9. Ann Myers maybe a real person but not the one that posted here. Has to be a speaker of language other than English first time around, sentence structure is stilted. Maybe an on-line translation service that is always obvious. So Jesus needn't have bothered.

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    10. Ann did offer up some pretty standard troll gibberish.

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  2. Perhaps if God really was guiding Trump's hand at least one of those 51 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles would have hit a Syrian airbase.

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  3. Syrian military knew the US raid was coming and evacuated personnel and equipment: ABC News

    Sec. of State Rex Tillerson revealed late Thursday that the U.S. warned Russia that they would be bombing the airfield in Homs, Syria since there was Russian military in the vicinity.

    ABC News reported early Friday that the Syrian military seemed to know that something might happen. Eyewitnesses claim the military then evacuated personnel and moved equipment before the strike took place.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/syrian-military-knew-the-us-raid-was-coming-and-evacuated-personnel-and-equipment-abc-news/

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    1. 80 days in, and still no Secretary of the Navy, after his first pick was too financially entangled to serve in the Trump administration (think about that for a second).

      At a time when the President has engaged in two littoral combat actions, and faces a very confident China expanding its reach in the South China Sea, the President can't be bothered to find a damn Secretary of the Navy. Our last SecNav, former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus, was stellar at the job, and offered to stay on until his replacement takes over (this is somewhat normal in defense posts). Nope. He had to go, and the Navy and Marine Corps only have an acting Secretary. For 80 days and counting.

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  4. Video: Syria's Shayrat airbase active after US missile strike
    https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=da9_1491685467#4aUAlVfrdHmq3Io5.99

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  5. I am pretty sure that the voters who held their Christian noses and voted for Trump did so for one issue: overturn Roe vs Wade.

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    1. that means they are all going to hell.

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    2. Some of them are convinced they are already there.

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  6. I am pretty sure you 8:41am., are also 7:39am. Misinformed as usual.

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    1. Of course, Trump Guy. Did that come through to you on your foil array?

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    2. Why does 10:02 want the US military to be weakened?

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    3. Trumpers love themselves some Putin.

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  7. All have sinned.
    Forgiveness and Salvation, the love of GOD. Romans 5:8.
    Jesus was without sin, he died on the cross.

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    1. Could you cite a reputable source please? Fake new

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    2. Check Google. Be proactive.

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    3. luckily for me I'm not christian and don't have to surrender myself to such nonsense

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  8. It's hard to be a good Christian.

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  9. Trumpster at 10:02: You are so wrong re my comment at 8:41 and I did not post 7:39. No one should imagine for a minute that you have any insights whatsoever.

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    1. All letters look the same to TG.

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  10. Thanks Pavlovitz. Difficult to preach the truth around the confederate flag lovers.

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  11. The MOST HARD CORE CHRISTIAN friends of mine who voted for him because they felt it was GOD'S WILL....have been very quite...along with my FAR RIGHT friends....his support base is dwindling...he is in over his head and is throwing his FRIENDS under the bus left and right...and it's only 4 months in...

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    1. There is a lot of buyer's remorse out there. Especially among those dependent upon the ACA.

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    2. those aren't hardcore christians, they're fake christians

      a true christian would never vote for trump

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    3. You can hide a lot of rot and corruption under the thick lard of sanctimony.

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    4. 4:14 Lard is pig fat. Please don't disparage our delicious porcine friends when referring to faux sanctimonious hypocrites.

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  12. Difficult to preach around the posters that hide behind the distinctive flag of, Loser.
    A true Christian would vote for President Trump; newsflash an overwhelming majority did!

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    1. So you are saying Christians are a minority in America?

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    2. Christ was the ultimate loser. I'll follow his lead.

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    3. @3:50 means from his perspective only "A true Christian", that is:
      White born again/evangelical Christians voted 81% for trump, a small percentage of total Christians in the USA. Remember he's an entitled bigot and not to bright.

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  13. 3:35pm. Jesus was a pretty good Jew, who gave us Christianity.

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  14. Trolls get trumped again!

    Donald Trump's travel expenses in 10 weeks cost US taxpayers as much as Barack Obama spent in two years

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  15. How can we be surprised when magical thinkers fall for a false prophet? It would have been surprising if they had rejected him.

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    1. Fools are their own worst enemies.

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