I expect this post will make some people angry, but I don’t care. I don’t care how much the modern GOP goes on about God and how America is a “Christian” nation. Trump and no one in his inner circle (or maybe his entire administration) are Christians. I don’t care how often they say they go to church or quote from the Bible. All that’s nothing but a sales pitch meant to deceive. If they actually believe they are Christians, then they are the ones who are deceived.
Piety does not equal godliness. As a friend of mine put it, if Satan were to start a religion, he wouldn’t use pentagrams and blood sacrifice. No, that would be too obvious. He would wrap his dark agenda that preaches the values of greed, narcissism, and selfishness in a shell of legalistic, punishing far-right “christianity.” He would use a few superficial selling points (like abortion, nationalism, and homosexuality) to lure the gullible masses (and hijack the churches, which has been going on for decades). He would twist around the language so that love means something closer to hate, justice means something closer to torture, and where all truths are fake news. Lies become alternative facts, rights become entitlements, and compassion becomes the “encouragement of dependency.” He would pretend to be saving your life while he’s really sinking a knife in your back. He would promise to uphold a nation’s constitution and “make it great again” while he’s actually trying to destroy its very fabric. He would wave a cross while angrily preaching a doctrine that promotes chaos, confusion, terror, despair, suffering, hatred, violence, marginalization, and exclusion — the opposite of anything Jesus taught. He would show no mercy or forgiveness should you falter or become weak under his regime. He would punish and marginalize the most vulnerable just for being vulnerable. He would disrespect the earth and have no compunctions about destroying it for his own immediate gratification. He would co-opt and transform the most popular religion in the land and turn it into a weapon intended to terrorize, marginalize, and destroy souls.
The modern GOP that has hijacked our country (and is almost certainly in collusion with Russia) are doing exactly all these things — while giving God lip service. They lie about everything, even when they don’t need to lie. Then they lie even more to cover up the lies. Who was the father of lies? You got it — that’s their real god. What we have now is not a proper government OR a religion — it’s a cult. Trump is the cult’s leader. His most ardent supporters — most who call themselves Christians — are practicing a form of idolatry. To them, Trump is as infallible as God. I remember when he said he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and they would still stand behind him. It was probably the only true thing he ever said.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness.” — Exodus 20:16
“By their fruits, ye shall know them.” – Matt. 7-16
“At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”–Matt. 24:10-12