For ten years of my early life I went to compulsory chapel every day of the week while at school. This is what I learned about Christianity, as preached buy the moderate Church of England:
Christianity means love your neighbour, forgive your enemies, help the old, the hurt and the sick, be unkind to no one, be loyal to your family and friends; do not be greedy; do not tell lies, be thankful to those who provide for you; never betray your friends or your country; treat people of different backgrounds, colours and faiths as equals; support the rights of women and minorities to live the way they want to, undirected by anyone else. Be polite and thoughtful of others Oh… and do no harm. (have I missed anything?)
The British evangelicals I know are very good people who would probably agree with my above list, but add evangelising. Why is it that we hear no mention of the above Christian teachings from American evangelicals? They seem to be preoccupied with sex (don’t do it), politics (divisive), immigration( ban it) and getting to heaven (really?). The question is: Do they understand christianity at all?
Evangelical leaders and anti-abortion groups are now ramping up their efforts to reelect President Trump. The Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC) will spend tens of millions of dollars on a voter mobilization effort that aims to register 1 million Christians in key battleground states and reach 30 million people nationwide.
American evangelicals are told to attract people to Christ, to convince them, to witness to them, to speak the truth in a way that invites strangers in, welcomes them, makes them feel loved. But what are they welcoming newcomers into? A caring, loving social movement, devoted to caring for all Americans and righting wrongs? Or are they in reality a political party- cum-lobbying group that is very white and very resentful, and whose resentment has been caused by the very right- wing national policies they support. Baffling, isn’t it?