This story -- "Judgment Days: In a small Alabama town, an evangelical congregation reckons with God, President Trump and the meaning of morality" -- in The Washington Post last Sunday has caused quite a stir in our state.
"Don’t call Christians who support Trump hypocrites; Convert them," written by University of North Alabama assistant professor of history Ansley L. Quiros, is a fascinating take about Christians in the age of Trump. I assume some readers will find it off-putting, or worse, particularly those who believe anything that's not blatantly pro-Trump is trash. Still, Quiros makes several important points.
"To flatten (Trump supporters) ss caricatures of ignorance or hate dehumanizes them and, moreover, misses the enduring role of religious belief in American politics. It also misses the pervasiveness of what scholars call folk religion — the lived practice that exists in the spaces between official doctrine, biblical text and personal politics."
"It seems that in many congregations, now, as in the past, Americans are faced with not only a political, social and cultural conflict, but a theological one, as well. And if history is any guide, this is not going away."
"Indeed, it may be that we need not less theology influencing political opinion, but less political opinion influencing theology. Trump’s irreligiosity may actually offer a chance to do the deep work of disentangling the two."
Makes you think, doesn't it?
-- Phillip Tutor