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Christians, There Is a Target on Your Back

Christians, There Is a Target on Your Back

Modern American society tends to see everything through a political lens, particularly during the political season we are now in. And the political lens in common use these days is largely a Marxist one.

When Christians support a particular candidate based on their support of biblical worldview values, not only are they attacked, they are attacked as immoral. That’s right, immoral!

“How could that happen?” you ask. How can a person possibly think Christian beliefs are immoral? It’s happening because those who dominate modern society are working from an entirely different set of beliefs that deem Marxist values to be moral. And if Marxist values are understood to be moral, the only possibility is that Christian values, which contradict them, must be immoral. Here is a perfect example.

When President Trump won the Iowa caucus in runaway fashion, some of his biggest supporters were evangelical Christians. It’s well understood that most pundits in the mainstream media hate Trump, and say bad things about him at every opportunity. So when he won the caucus, unsurprisingly they started piling on.

But, the reaction was not nearly so much against Trump as it was against Christians for supporting him. And the points they made against Christians were not only untrue, but were quite ugly.

  • Columnist Sarah Posner on MSNBC - “Christians ... believe they are waging a spiritual war against demonic enemies of Christianity and America. ... Trump embodies the us-vs-them mentality of this cosmic battle between the godly and the satanic, and uses it, along with his savior status, to his full advantage in falsely portraying his criminal prosecutions as the work of an evil, corrupt political system.”
  • MSNBC host Joy Reid - She asked “why White Christians support Trump with such loyalty, despite his history of electoral losses. ... They (White Christians) see themselves as the rightful inheritors of this country, and Trump has promised to give it back to them.”
  • MSNBC host Alex Wagner - Wagner argued that Christian evangelicals believed Trump was a “Second Coming” of Christ.
  • Salon senior politics writer Amanda Marcotte - “Trump is an avatar for the current mood of White evangelicals. They are done pretending to be compassionate. The mask is entirely off. Evangelicals are not the salt-of-the-earth types idealized by centrist pundits. They are ... authoritarians who may use Jesus as a cover for their ugly urges, but have no interest in the ‘love thy neighbor’ teachings of their purported savior.”
  • Alex Woodward of the Independent - Trump has captured the evangelical vote by “leaning into a fantasy among supporters and social media influencers depicting him as something of a messianic figure, who was sent by God as a ‘shepherd to mankind.’”
  • Executive director of Faithful America, Rev. Nathan Empsail - “It’s disheartening, if not surprising, that Donald Trump and other MAGA politicians have been able to consolidate so much evangelical Christian support in Iowa, following years of lies that portray their violent cause as a holy war.”

It is certainly not surprising that these people, who have a naturalistic Marxist worldview foundation, are against Trump, whose value system is based on the principles of biblical Theism. (It should be noted, at this point, that this is not in any way suggesting that the source of Trump’s personal values have been specifically identified by him as coming from the Bible, or even that he is a genuine Christian. I have no way of knowing his heart that way, and he is answerable, in that department, to God. But he grew up in an environment where biblical values (as opposed to Marxist values) were the default, and he has continued operating based on that set of beliefs.) What is a bit more surprising is the vitriol being thrown out at Christians.

The level of ignorance shown by these various pundits is also a bit surprising. They are totally mischaracterizing both the motives of evangelical Christians and the core beliefs of the faith itself. Those Christians who support Trump are not doing so because they are white nationalists, or believe this country is theirs, or as a means of conducting a holy war. And they don’t see Trump as a savior or a messianic figure. Those accusations are simply not true.

Honestly, I hesitate to call these pundits liars. I think it is more a matter of their ignorance regarding the beliefs and motivations of evangelical Christians. They see the relativistic morality of Marxism as true, and biblical beliefs as totally inconsistent with their understanding of truth. They don’t believe in the God of the Bible, and don’t believe the Bible is a propositional revelation of God and His ways.

The fact is, Christians are not looking for another savior, or to implement a Christian theocracy. They simply want a societal environment that operates by the rule of law – one that is able to create an environment where Christians can openly share the gospel with a lost world. That is exactly the opposite of what these media pundits are asserting. But as a result of their ignorance and hatred , Christians now have a target on their back.

Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books entitled The Truth MirageRules for Christians RadicalsLiberalism vs. Conservatism, and his latest book Shattering the Truth Mirage and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.

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