I do not like to offend my many friends who still work for Southern Baptists and/or the now more general “Evangelicals,” but because Evangelicals have chosen to be overtly political in what I consider very “unChristian” ways, as possibly the main force now behind the “right-wing,” the tea-party, white supremacists, Donald Trump and the Republican Party. I am currently rejecting Evangelicals; distancing myself from them and especially their immoral politics.
As a denominational employee attending the annual Southern Baptist Convention and involved at many levels for 28 years, I watched the immoral grabbing of power and control with such tactics as busing in large families for even the children to vote for their “agenda.” Then as a servant in the publishing house, Baptist Sunday School Board, now LifeWay Christian Resources, I watched them destroy the real ministry as they tried to turn it into a money-making business, bringing in bankers and businessmen until it ultimately collapsed and many of us who had given our entire lives to its ministry were “downsized” out as the right-wing politicians took over. A sad loss for Christianity.
As a follower of Christ I can have nothing to do with their actions and thus divorce myself of all current association with Evangelicals and the Southern Baptist Convention. My proud history with Southern Baptists is now an embarrassment because of what I watched happen in the “takeover” of the 80’s and 90’s and because of the current Evangelical political activities. I am sad. I pray for change. And I honestly do not understand how anyone who calls him/herself a Christian can support Donald Trump. He is an immoral, sexist, racist, bigoted, lying, white supremacist egotist who is destroying the United States of America. And I personally place the blame on the Republican Party and Evangelicals.
When I left the country in 2014 I did not know about Trump, but I could already see what was happening to Evangelicals and the Republican Party and that was one of my unstated reasons for leaving. I could not stand it any longer. Of course no country is perfect, including Costa Rica, just as no person is perfect. But the atmosphere here is daylight and dark different from the violent, hateful United States. I am happy here and intend to stay, and hoping not too many more Americans move here – especially Republicans! 🙂
I liked this New York Times Opinion article copied from a Presbyterian minister’s book. It doesn’t solve the problem, but it helps me to be keenly aware that I am political, like it or not, and with a focus on being Christ-like in all I do, including voting, I don’t have to worry about party loyalty: How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t
Maybe WWJD is a good way to approach politics? (For those not around in the 60’s and 70’s, WWJD = What Would Jesus Do? Many teens wore bracelets with those initials as a reminded of daily behavior.