The Displaced Plainsman graces us this Sunday with a link-rich indictment of evangelical support for Donald Trump. My friend from Yankton ties together Scripture and secular philosophy to show that Trump has less empathy than Nietzsche, has turned Norman Vincent Peale’s power of positive thinking into “pagan disdain” for Christianity, and may be far closer than Hillary Clinton to the Lucifer Ben Carson imagines Saul Alinsky worshiping.
The Plainsman’s well-sourced prose deserves your full attention. I cite just two passages. First, he reminds Christians amen-ing Carson and Trump that “that it’s not enough to hate evil, one must also cling to the good. There’s no discernible good in Trump’s politics.”
Finally, if the political, theological, and philosophical musings are not convincing arguments that this overwhelming support for Trump will bear no fruit, consider Christianity’s source material. Jeremiah warns,
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
[Leo Kallis, “Oh You Foolish Evangelicals!” The Displaced Plainsman, 2016.07.24]
Note the title. Note the source, Galatians 3:1, and the Plainsman’s immediate use of the next line, “Who has bewitched you?” That’s good use of Scripture, more honest than I’ve heard from any Trump supporter.
Christians, read the Plainsman’s full essay, then, if you’re still voting for Trump, please tell him where he got Scripture (and Nietzsche!) wrong.