Evangelical ‘Christian’ hypocricy and cruelty has a long history, literally rewriting the Bible to justify hanging up the dead bodies of preachers who disagreed with slavery. The callous immorality lives on in leaders like Robert Jeffress who preach that 911 happened because America was sinful, yet also says Trump’s affair with Porn Star Stormy Daniels “Doesn’t matter.”
This can seem confusing to normal moral people, but looking at the historical roots of Southern Evangelicalism, which makes up the largest concentration of so called born agains, will quickly explain this paradox. Evangelicals are not a religion based on morality or the teachings of Jesus. They are a cruel political cult with the goal of upholding white male power. Case in point, Mr. Jeffress’ Church was a center of segregation after the Civil War.
To support the status quo of slavery, Southern Evangelicals needed to justify the abhorrent treatment of African people. They did so by rewriting entire biblical chapters and murdering uncooperative Preachers. Seriously. The whole story of the Jews escaping Egyptian slavery was just ‘reinterpreted.’
Pastors stripped away and minimized the numerous, kind, passionate missives Jesus spoke regarding healing the sick, helping the poor, and being kind to immigrants. Preachers who wouldn’t get on board were driven out or worse. One such preacher, Anthony Bewley, was chased across the country by a posse, then brought home and lynched for the crime of opposing slavery. His bones were hung at ‘Ephraim Daggett's Storehouse’ in Texas, where little kids played with them. This really happened. With all reasonable voices chased out or murdered, Southern Evangelicals fermented in the swampy damp air of their own insular hatred.
Today’s Evangelicals are the direct inheritance of this murderous and inbred twisting of Jesus. In the post segregation Evangelical vacuum of morality, a new focus was invented. Sexual purity with an emphasis on ‘white men know best.’ An obsession with protecting white women’s purity, and fear of racial mixing became the central idol in Jim Crow Christianity. Today that carries over to the focus on policing women’s reproduction and abortion, a practice that’s been around for thousands of years. Fun fact; abortion isn’t mentioned in the Magic Bible, no not once.
The aforementioned pro Trump pastor Jeffress is obsessed with abortion and bashing immigrants because it’s not popular to openly disparage black people anymore. Just like they did when justifying slavery, modern Evangelicals ignore the numerous passionate Bible verses about treating immigrants well. Jesus is just an inconvenient Commie.
“Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.”
Interestingly, in a week in which a UN committee is pointing out deep racial inequity in America’s criminal justice system and squarely pointing blame on our history of slavery, Forbes magazine (yeah, FORBES) broke down the Evangelical Church’s roots in upholding slavery and Jim Crow segregation. With such prominent focus are we about to have an American Reckoning on race? No, not if the Southern Evangelical Christian crew can help it.
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca
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