Do you follow God or the Republican Party?

There was an interesting, if not ridiculous, exchange on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” about how Christian evangelicals are following the Republican Party instead of scripture. The discussion, between MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Anthea Butler, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was about how white evangelicals are afraid that immigrants were going to “replace” their votes and impregnate their daughters, and how the Republican Party was using that fear to drive Christians to the polls. Butler told MSNBC’s viewers that what is good for evangelicals is not good for the general public. This troubling conversation points to the leftist’s target: Religious freedom. They want to shut you up.

Butler said, “When you look at the statistics of white evangelicals right now, they are least likely to welcome immigrants. It flies in the face of what their Christian doctrine is supposed to be. You welcome the stranger. You’re supposed to do that as a Christian, but they’re not listening to what scripture says. They’re listening to what the Republican Party says.” Talk about a twist of scripture. Exodus 22:21 says, “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger nor oppress him.” And Exodus 12:49 says, “One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourns among you.” This theme is repeated several times. It was in reference to the laws God had instituted for His people and how they should treat strangers. Butler wants to make this comparison, but not acknowledge that illegal immigrants are lawbreakers from the beginning by coming here illegally.

Butler concluded: “I think we respond this way. First of all, you stop coddling evangelicals when they say they’re all about morality. They’re not. Morality is a shield. Morality is a way for them to get power. What is good for them is not good for you. So Donald Trump and all the rest of these people can sleep with who they want to as many times as they want to and do things they’re not supposed to do according to their religious beliefs.” Butler’s response here is about moral hypocrisy. She is labeling evangelicals as moral hypocrites who are bad for society. Yet later in the exchange, she was agreeing about the woman’s right to abortion and calling the beliefs of evangelicals a bunch of lies.

There is some truth to what Butler said. Christians need to be careful about putting their faith in politics over that of the Lord. There is hypocrisy among Christians. So a little bit of truth here makes a better lie for the left. This is not about Christian morality or hypocrisy. This is about pigeon-holing Christians as terrible people who are bad for society. Therefore, their opinions and beliefs are worthy of censorship and isolation. This is the undercurrent brewing with not only the border security issue, but also with the vaccination issue, public schools, the economy and more. You are being marginalized and maligned for your belief system, and if we do not stand against this, they will take away the right to our beliefs. In Marxism, there is no room for God. And they will use scripture against you and persecute you. Be wise. Stand strong. Use truth.

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Bill Wilson