An open letter to white evangelicals: We’re done with you.
By North Carolina Pastor John Pavlovitz
Dear White Evangelicals,
I need to tell you something: People have had it with you. They’re done. They want nothing to do with you any longer, and here’s why: They see your hypocrisy, your inconsistency, your incredibly selective mercy, and your thinly veiled supremacy.
For eight years they watched you relentlessly demonize a Black President; a man faithfully married for 26 years; a doting father and husband without a hint of moral scandal or the slightest whiff of infidelity. They watched you deny his personal faith convictions, argue his birthplace, and assail his character—all without cause or evidence.
They saw you brandish Scriptures to malign him and use the laziest of racial stereotypes in criticizing him. And through it all, White Evangelicals—you never once suggested that God placed him where he was, you never publicly offered prayers for him and his family, you never welcomed him to your Christian Universities, you never gave him the benefit of the doubt in any instance, you never spoke of offering him forgiveness or mercy, your evangelists never publicly thanked God for his leadership, your pastors never took to the pulpit to offer solidarity with him, you never made any effort to affirm his humanity or show the love of Jesus to him in any quantifiable measure.
You violently opposed him at every single turn—without offering a single ounce of the grace you claim as the heart of your faith tradition. You jettisoned Jesus as you dispensed damnation on him.
And yet you give carte blanche to a white Republican man so riddled with depravity, so littered with extramarital affairs, so unapologetically vile, with such a vast resume of moral filth—that the mind boggles.
And the change in you is unmistakable. It has been an astonishing conversion to behold: a being born again.
With him, you suddenly find religion. With him, you’re now willing to offer full absolution. With him, all is forgiven without repentance or admission. With him, you’re suddenly able to see some invisible, deeply buried heart. With him, sin has become unimportant, and compassion no longer a requirement. With him, you see only Providence.
And White Evangelicals, all those people who have had it with you—they see it all clearly. They recognize the toxic source of your inconsistency.
They see that pigmentation and party are your sole deities. They see that you aren’t interested in perpetuating the love of God or emulating the heart of Jesus. They see that you aren’t burdened to love the least, or to be agents of compassion, or to care for your Muslim, gay, African, female, or poor neighbors as yourself.
They see that all you’re really interested in doing is making a God in your own ivory image and demanding that the world bow down to it. They recognize this all about white, Republican Jesus—not dark-skinned Jesus of Nazareth.
And I know you don’t realize it, but you’re digging your own grave these days; the grave of your very faith tradition.
Your willingness to align yourself with cruelty is a costly marriage. Yes, you’ve gained a Supreme Court seat, a few months with the Presidency as a mouthpiece, and the cheap high of temporary power—but you’ve lost a whole lot more.
You’ve lost an audience with millions of wise, decent, good-hearted, faithful people with eyes to see this ugliness. You’ve lost any moral high ground or spiritual authority with a generation. You’ve lost any semblance of Christlikeness. You’ve lost the plot. And most of all you’ve lost your soul.
I know it’s likely you’ll dismiss these words. The fact that you’ve even made your bed with such malevolence, shows how far gone you are and how insulated you are from the reality in front of you. But I had to at least try to reach you. It’s what Jesus would do.
So now those outside 'their' fold are a part of the enemy group. Might as well be atheist as to question the prevailing orthodoxy.
So, am I right in thinking that despite the fact that this pastor is a minister of the religion which many of you, non-believers, loathe, you would still support his views and actions?
Just because we disagree with the dogma there is still the truth and the comments made were obvious truths.
I think I can go along with this. Just recently a man was telling me something on a site and I had to brand him as a white supremacist. In protest he told me that white supremacy is as hard to find as a pink unicorn. Somewhere in Christian Nationalism or Republican Jesus is where his beliefs stand but people like him do not see it. They carry their own branding words and put it on the left. They want power and many of them think it was Antifa that did the January 6th insurrection. Somehow Donnie Boy woke them up and Donnie and John Wayne are going to come up out of the sea and guide them.
I heartily agree with the author's viewpoint. However, there is one correction I would make. While it's true that 85% of white Evangelical Christians voted for Done Cheato in 2016, the people we really have to worry about are the Christian Nationalists. The first thing we need to know about them is that their emphasis is on nationalism, not religion. In fact Christian Nationalists come from every Christian sect: Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical. They are not devout believers; their main interest is in gaining power. Christian Nationalists are ready, willing, and able to cynically misinterpret biblical scripture in any way they feel it will serve their purpose to gain power. Christian Nationalists have infiltrated all levels if government; they populate think tanks, political action committees, corporate boards, non-profit and for-profit organizations, universities, the military. They aim to make America into a white Christian theocracy, and that ain't no multicultural democracy.
Just remember; the Klan was an arm of the democrat party.
Dear boy, it's the Democratic Party. And Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Republican Party. That was over 150 years ago. A few things have changed since then.
Division on race is pushed by one party. Tactics have changed, but that’s about it.
@CourtJester People who often resort to the 'it's simple' idea often are unable to handle complexities. Things are always more complex than we think and this is one of them.
Your' wrong. The Dixiecrats left the Democratic Party as a reaction to the Civil Rights Movement. The Republicans mostly oposed the movement and so the K.K.K.
Now look up how many went back to the democrat party. Every single one of them except for one man. Robert Byrd. Obama and Clinton spoke at his funeral.
They are just overtly dim witted sheep being lead to slaughter by their Judas Evangelistic’s pastor!!!
It does not matter that they only see one color as superior, when in reality it can be white because of all the colors it absorbs!!!
These obstructionist regressive republican Fascists maga death cult members have very limited points of view which they think makes them above the law, hence untouchable, the reason they have over militarized law enforcement to support these limitations!!!
Their reality is not survivable or obtainable, they are being lead to slaughter by their own false sense of patriotism which is so useful by the wealthy and their corporations!!!
The right lost it's fucking mind over a blow job and the lie attached but thought nothing of grab 'em by the pussy comment. The right then goes on to justify ever damn vile thing that comes out.
@anglophone They are so far to the right now it's amazing they haven't fallen off their flat earth.
@anglophone It is my opinion that big does not work.
Corporations, big business, cities, countries, religion, and governments.
As soon as the person/team is in charge (responsible for the workers, product, citizens etc...) passes responsibilities to a level/s below them then the opportunity for corruption is available. The shift is then to personal ambitions and entitlement.
@Betty In my experience culture comes down from the top. In corrupt cultures, the underlings collect the proceeds (from extortion, bribery, bookmaking, blackmail, robbery, pimping, prostitution, sale of illicit guns, drugs, stolen merchandise, etc., etc.), take a small slice for themselves and pass the rest on to their superior. And so it goes up the chain. Napoleon Bonaparte pioneered this system, sending his woefully underpaid tax collectors out with the understanding that they would supplement their own salaries on the job.
@Flyingsaucesir It is a pyramid scheme that has been repeated for thousands of years. It lasts until it implodes then it starts again.
The evangelical Christians in America have already sunk to the bottom of Trumpty Dumpty's swamp, and they are hell bent on dragging everybody else in and down to their own level.
Trump needed them and in exchange they gained access to a more powerful platform. It all comes down to power, wealth, and control.
No lies detected.
Too bad it didn't do a damned bit of good.
Time for other tactics.
This is a great letter, but it's a few years old. Clearly, they were not listening.
The truest part is the end when he says it won't make a difference. The least true part is where he thinks they've lost millions.
Very well stated, but I don’t think they’ll comprehend.
Even a broken watch is correct twice a day.