The Sinful Silence of Mainline Christian Pastors

Christianity in America is being radicalized.

As it further aligns with this Presidency, under the leadership of opportunistic Conservative preachers and evangelists—it is jettisoning the compassion, love, and commitment to the poor and disenfranchised of its namesake; quickly becoming a bitter tribe of angry, white nationalists who have no need for the open-hearted Jesus of the Gospels, when it can live off the closed borders of America First.

Growing in malevolence and more and more prone to violence, the American Church is becoming a safe haven for those who have contempt for the very people Jesus spent his life caring and advocating for; the poor, the invisible, the outsiders, the marginalized. It is no longer sanctuary for disparate souls looking for refuge—but a hospitable greenhouse for white supremacy and isolationism.

Yet, it isn’t the radical fringes of the Christian Right alone that have been responsible for this commandeering of the tradition of Jesus of Nazareth here in America.

They’ve had lots of help from the Center and the Left.

Right now the message of Jesus is being hijacked by extremist Evangelicals—and too many progressive Christian leaders are complicit in the crime; inwardly horrified but increasingly silent bystanders.

The shameless volume of Bible Belt Evangelical Pastors, combined with the fearful silence of their Mainline Protestant counterparts, is perpetuating the fake news narrative that to be Christian is to support this President. 

The absence of loud, clear, persistent, opposing moderate voices of faith, is giving millions of people in the middle, no choice but secession from the Church.

I hear their stories every day as I travel around this country. An army of Blue Christians in America, sharing Jesus’ heart for the marginalized, his burden for the poor, his barrier-transcending expansion of the table—are leaving their churches because they see leaders developing feet of clay. They’re watching ministers avoiding the turbulence of speaking with clarity into the injustices of the moment, choosing to hide behind vague and unassuming words they hope will be enough.

They aren’t enough.

The reasons for Mainline Protestant pastor silence are legion;
a genuine desire to be a more measured, more polite voice of faith that easily drifts into lukewarm religion,
a theology less prone to absolutes and less driven by the threat of damnation—and the urgency it generates on the other side,
a subtle, unseen privilege that feels insulated from the damage being done,
a fear of the pushback explicitly speaking into the political environment will bring from more Conservative people in their local congregations,
the simple self-preservation of keeping the peace and avoiding controversy.

The results though, are terrifyingly similar:

Christianity is becoming more and more characterized by fear and bigotry and anger—and it is driving away those who want no part of such things. Millions of people of deep faith, are choosing to join political and civic organizations in order to do the bold, resistance work that they wish their churches were doing—and as a result, they are hastening the radicalizing of the Church being formed elsewhere.

I talked to a Presbyterian minister recently while visiting Alabama. “I so appreciate you saying what you’re saying” he said. “I wish I could say it.” I asked him why he couldn’t. He didn’t respond with words, but I saw in his face an expression I’ve seen many times before: terror.

We need courageous Christians in this moment.

Right now, Protestant pastors, ministers, and the people in their communities—need to find their outside voices.
They need to free themselves from decorum and niceness, and most of all from the fear of conflict that comes when you name and directly confront injustice.
They need to read the Sermon on the Mount again, and to realize that they are charged with stewarding these words and this work, at this place and time in the history of the planet.
They need to call out evil as evil, wrong as wrong, hatred as hatred.
They need to welcome the trouble that being prophetic voices brings—because that is the holy ground on which Jesus stood while here.

There is another story and another expression of Christianity; one that isn’t marked by exclusion and hatred and discrimination. People want it and they need to see it.
There are churches all over this country doing beautiful, diversity-welcoming, equality-championing work. They need to tell people why they do that work and call out those contesting such work.
Hateful people are loudly claiming they speak for Jesus as they cause injury. We need people who will counter as loudly with his actual words. 

In a time when the story of Christianity in America is being written by those with no desire to incarnate the compassionate heart of Jesus, silence isn’t just cowardly and dangerous and irresponsible—it’s sinful.


34 thoughts on “The Sinful Silence of Mainline Christian Pastors

  1. Thank you so very much for this. I am heartbroken to tell you that it is not only conservative Protestants that are to blame. I am a Catholic, and, on November 6th of 2016, attended an evening mass for solace and peace because I was so anxious about the upcoming election. Our priest told the congregation, “If you are true Catholics who understand the primacy of the right to life, you know for whom to vote on Tuesday.” I felt as if I had been shot. I pulled my son out of Sunday school and have not returned since. I did not have the courage to confront the priest. Your blog has made me think perhaps I will. Thank you again.

  2. I can’t speak for other mainline Protestant voices, but I know that the Episcopal Church has repeatedly issued criticism of Trump’s policies, including a full page statement condemning the Administration/Congress’ actions regarding DACA in the New York Times.:

    As well as others condemning the transgendered military ban:

    Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord:

    The problem is that they never get traction in the mainstream news, so it’s perceived as silence and tacit acceptance on the part of mainline Christians. I think the question we have to ask as mainline Protestants is why the MSM news ignores or (at least) doesn’t identify us? There seem to be zillions of articles about how evangelicals are rallying around Trump, but almost nothing about the opposition/activism against Trump’s policies by mainline Protestants/Catholics to.

    Even though mainline Protestants together make up 30 million Americans, we don’t have a lot of charismatic, media savvy leadership and even ecumenical groups like the National Council of Churches aren’t able to get our message out.

    This is hardly a new problem, but now that the stakes have been raised so highly, one that we can’t just form another 3 year committee to research.

  3. You’re wrong JP. The Mainline Protestant Church is preaching the Social Justice Warrior ‘Gospel’. (maybe not in your neck of the woods).

    But, Americans want Jesus’ Gospel, –the narrow road. [The one that challenges them to not give into fleshly desires.] The faithless have lost interest in going to church, and the faithful have moved on to Non-denominational orthodox churches & home churches.

    Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal churches are emptying out, and already ‘Sold’. Once they were a refuge for the righteous in Christ, now-a-days they are turned into restaurants, parking lots, or Mosques.

  4. Thank you for this message, John. Amen‼️I am a 70 year old Presbyterian who has now walked away from church for the reasons you write about.

  5. Two words – “Fake Christianity”. A Muslim refugee asked me today if Trump is a Christian, and I said he was a fake one, a pretend one. I explained it this way. When an ISIS person sets a bomb to explode and kill people, you say he is not a true Muslim because Mohammed said that whatever you do to one person, you do to all the people in the world. So Trump is a fake, pretend Christian, as he closes his eyes tight and puts his palms together to pretend he is a prayerful Christian, but it is all pretend for the sake of what he can gain from the pretence. The Minister that admired your outspokenness could have all that he admires, but only if he pays the price. Each person receives an invitation to get close to God, but few accept it. Why? Because of the price, which is facing one’s fears, learning to trust God, letting go of held resentments, letting go of vicim mentality, giving inner space to God to fill, etc. And the masses of humanity are terrified to walk this road less travelled. It requires courage, determination, perseverance and an open heart. That minister made his choice to say no, but you, John still serve as an example for others who may also join you on this path. Keep trekking. You give me inspiration and hope.

  6. Thank you. When I first started following you, John, you could have seen the terror on my face too. Since then, I’ve begun to speak. (Because it was either that or have a nervous breakdown.) Thank you for giving me the courage and the words.

  7. In Amerika today, Christianity = hatred = homophobia = Islamophobia = transphobia = misogyny = the entire basketful of deplorables. It is a dying religion. Maybe John and a few like him will keep a flicker alive for a few more years. But make no mistake; the Evangelicals have killed God in the US.

  8. I have no words. I think John sums it up. I am saddened.

    I think in the USA we have been seduced by comfort. It’s why we are so apathetic.

  9. Don’t you think the reluctance to counter any kind of violence from the pulpit is by and large a product of power, money and control (another form of violence) that churches centuries ago learned was how to build the flock and keep them. They, ministers and priests, have always known they preach a shaming, condemning message to keep people “in line” and they can’t now revert to truth and come clean because they are afraid of the truth. They are afraid to face their exploitation of the flock.

  10. I grew up in a conservative fundamentalist home. My dad was a pastor of a “Independent Baptist Church” which is about as far right as you can get. When I was twenty-nine I saw the superficial and inconsistency in our church and walked away. I was done with church and close to being done with God. But fortunately I discovered a church that was open to everyone and experience a depth of spirituality I had never known. That was thirty years ago. I’m now a hospice chaplain in the “bible belt”. I wake up during the night with sadness because of what I see happening to Christianity in America. Thank you for being a voice of courage and truth. My wife and I are attempting to speak out in our community but find the most resistance from those who claim to be followers of Jesus. When we get discouraged your words encourage us to keep going. Thank you and please don’t stop.

  11. Doodness Dwacious. After reading that, I feel like Jean le Baptiste crying in the wilderness or maybe one of the ancient Jewish Prophets who were not afraid to speak the truth to power.

    All I can say is this. If John Pavlovitz’s main post today moved you in any way, then speak up to power. Start your own blog. Write letters to your Mainline Christian pastor. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Make your voice heard. Quit being silent Mainline Christians!!! That is all you have to do—quit being silent!!!

    The one thing the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals that drive the Trumpian Monster have long feared, above all else in this world, is that the American Mainline Christian churches, their deep theological knowledge, their great financial wealth, and the high social status of their many members would one day unite against them with ONE BOLD VOICE and a UNITED MASSIVE DETERMINATION to shout them down and run them out of town on a rail. If there ever was a time in American history to do just that—and save our country and the Christian faith from these fundie idiots and the monstrous things they falsely create in this world in the name of Jesus—like Donald Trump and his chaos-riddled Administration—that time in American history has come. THAT TIME IS NOW. In the New Testament, Jesus “put the Sadducees to silence .” The time has now come for Mainline Christians to rise up with ONE VOICE and put the Scribes and Pharisees of our own time in human history—the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals—to silence.

    The Roman Catholic Church, with all its wealth and power, is a Mainline Christian Church—just like the United Methodists, Evangelical Lutherans, Episcopalians, and so many other churches. Since he came into office, Pope Francis has spoken out —on numerous occasions—about the threat Christian fundamentalism and the other religious fundamentalisms—pose to the Christian faith as a whole, to the legitimate work of Jesus on this Earth, to world peace, and to those Jesus called “the least of these.” I hope American Roman Catholics will join with their other Mainline Christian brethren in a national uprising against Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism—before both of them succeed in destroying the Christian faith and destroying our country—the latter of which they are already well on their way to actually doing through the Trump Administration and their national war against “the least of these”that Jesus loved so much.

    Speak up!!! I have been doing so at my blog for the past three years. John Pavlovitz has been doing it for much longer at his blog. If a shy and retiring person like me can speak up boldly at my blog:


    then surely you—who are much stronger than me—can do the same. Just do it!!!

  12. They support Trump because he’s “pro-life” on abortion. I don’t understand it. Trump’s views on everything else aren’t in line with Protestants. You may not like Hillary,but she was a million times better than Trump.

  13. So very true. That’s pretty much how the United Methodist Church and other mainline churches roll these days. With some refreshing exceptions, the bulk of the UMC is in the mode of “get along, go along, don’t rock the boat.” Possibly they’re afraid of alienating their biggest donors. Most of them think that the Black Lives Matter movement is moving too fast and is too aggressive, which is what was said about MLK and his civil rights movement as well. They value decorum far more than justice, and heaven forbid they should ever be made uncomfortable. Tragic.

  14. As a member of the “mainline” Christian community, I found your thoughts concerning but perhaps not in the way you might anticipate. No one I worship with are “afraid” of the far right politically leaning Christians, we are aware of the political bargains made with the GOP in order to force an idea of morality upon society. We regularly encounter them on the opposite sides of issues we may support, or as members of our families. The conversation usually goes something along the lines of “you are not a real Christian, or you can’t be a Christian and believe that” along with an decided end to conversation. What are you asking folks to do? Are you thinking that we can “save” the church? We can not. God can. I understand the frustration of watching something you love die away. It’s distressing to think that people are rejecting Jesus because of a hate filled political message that has nothing to do with His message but everything to do with an us and them ego driven gospel. All we can do is continue to challenge the church members we come in contact with, pray for them and continue to share the gospel of love with humbleness. That’s not being afraid, that’s walking with God in the current wilderness that is the United States. Do something! You say. We are. But we’re not doing something in a political public sphere because we aren’t led by the Spirit to do so. Trusting God we move forward, open to His presence and His leading. Years ago a former Pastor said to me that God has no use for politics. I was shocked. How can you say so? Because he said no matter who is in charge we will still have suffering, the poor, the injustices, etc. and it’s our mission to help those people. But, I said, who is in charge will effect how many we have to help. Yes he said. So vote and do your political duty as you see it but don’t mistake political power for God’s power. I’ve come to understand that we are in a pivotal generation, those of us who still believe are becoming the founders for whatever God has coming next for His church. Hang on, we may not see it, but God is faithful. His working out among us how we will be living in a place where we are no longer culturally #1 may just be what the church needs to be lovingly true to Jesus’ calling.

  15. The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”
    **This was originally posted to Forbes on Sunday, Mar 11. Forbes took it down today. This is the explanation I received from the editor. Here is the original article in full:

    Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and an avid supporter of Donald Trump, earned headlines this week for his defense of the president’s adultery with a porn star. Regarding the affair and subsequent financial payments, Jeffress explained, “Even if it’s true, it doesn’t matter.”

    Such a casual attitude toward adultery and prostitution might seem odd from a guy who blamed 9/11 on America’s sinfulness. However, seen through the lens of white evangelicals’ real priorities, Jeffress’ disinterest in Trump’s sordid lifestyle makes sense. Religion is inseparable from culture, and culture is inseparable from history. Modern, white evangelicalism emerged from the interplay between race and religion in the slave states. What today we call “evangelical Christianity,” is the product of centuries of conditioning, in which religious practices were adapted to nurture a slave economy. The calloused insensitivity of modern white evangelicals was shaped by the economic and cultural priorities that forged their theology over centuries.

    Many Christian movements take the title “evangelical,” including many African-American denominations. However, evangelicalism today has been coopted as a preferred description for Christians who were looking to shed an older, largely discredited title: Fundamentalist. A quick glance at a map showing concentrations of adherents and weekly church attendance reveals the evangelical movement’s center of gravity in the Old South. And among those evangelical churches, one denomination remains by far the leader in membership, theological pull, and political influence.

    There is still today a Southern Baptist Church. More than a century and a half after the Civil War, and decades after the Methodists and Presbyterians reunited with their Yankee neighbors, America’s most powerful evangelical denomination remains defined, right down to the name over the door, by an 1845 split over slavery.

    Southern denominations faced enormous social and political pressure from plantation owners. Public expressions of dissent on the subject of slavery in the South were not merely outlawed, they were a death sentence. Baptist ministers who rejected slavery, like South Carolina’s William Henry Brisbane, were forced to flee to the North. Otherwise, they would end up like Methodist minister Anthony Bewley, who was lynched in Texas in 1860, his bones left exposed at local store to be played with by children. Whiteness offered protection from many of the South’s cruelties, but that protection stopped at the subject of race. No one who dared speak truth to power on the subject of slavery, or later Jim Crow, could expect protection.

    Generation after generation, Southern pastors adapted their theology to thrive under a terrorist state. Principled critics were exiled or murdered, leaving voices of dissent few and scattered. Southern Christianity evolved in strange directions under ever-increasing isolation. Preachers learned to tailor their message to protect themselves. If all you knew about Christianity came from a close reading of the New Testament, you’d expect that Christians would be hostile to wealth, emphatic in protection of justice, sympathetic to the point of personal pain toward the sick, persecuted and the migrant, and almost socialist in their economic practices. None of these consistent Christian themes served the interests of slave owners, so pastors could either abandon them, obscure them, or flee.

    What developed in the South was a theology carefully tailored to meet the needs of a slave state. Biblical emphasis on social justice was rendered miraculously invisible. A book constructed around the central metaphor of slaves finding their freedom was reinterpreted. Messages which might have questioned the inherent superiority of the white race, constrained the authority of property owners, or inspired some interest in the poor or less fortunate could not be taught from a pulpit. Any Christian suggestion of social justice was carefully and safely relegated to “the sweet by and by” where all would be made right at no cost to white worshippers. In the forge of slavery and Jim Crow, a Christian message of courage, love, compassion, and service to others was burned away.

    Stripped of its compassion and integrity, little remained of the Christian message. What survived was a perverse emphasis on sexual purity as the sole expression of righteousness, along with a creepy obsession with the unquestionable sexual authority of white men. In a culture where race defined one’s claim to basic humanity, women took on a special religious interest. Christianity’s historic emphasis on sexual purity as a form of ascetic self-denial was transformed into an obsession with women and sex. For Southerners, righteousness had little meaning beyond sex, and sexual mores had far less importance for men than for women. Guarding women’s sexual purity meant guarding the purity of the white race. There was no higher moral demand.

    Changes brought by the Civil War only heightened the need to protect white racial superiority. Churches were the lynchpin of Jim Crow. By the time the Civil Rights movement gained force in the South, Dallas’ First Baptist Church, where Jeffress is the pastor today, was a bulwark of segregation and white supremacy. As the wider culture nationally has struggled to free itself from the burdens of racism, white evangelicals have fought this development while the violence escalated. What happened to ministers who resisted slavery happened again to those who resisted segregation. White Episcopal Seminary student, Jonathan Daniels, went to Alabama in 1965 to support voting rights protests. After being released from jail, he was murdered by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, who was acquitted by a jury. Dozens of white activists joined the innumerable black Americans murdered fighting for civil rights in the 60’s, but very few of them were Southern.

    White Evangelical Christians opposed desegregation tooth and nail. Where pressed, they made cheap, cosmetic compromises, like Billy Graham’s concession to allow black worshipers at his crusades. Graham never made any difficult statements on race, never appeared on stage with his “black friend” Martin Luther King after 1957, and he never marched with King. When King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech,” Graham responded with this passive-aggressive gem of Southern theology, “Only when Christ comes again will the little white children of Alabama walk hand in hand with little black children.” For white Southern evangelicals, justice and compassion belong only to the dead.

    Churches like First Baptist in Dallas did not become stalwart defenders of segregation by accident. Like the wider white evangelical movement, it was then and remains today an obstacle to Christian notions of social justice thanks to a long, dismal heritage. There is no changing the white evangelical movement without a wholesale reconsideration of their theology. No sign of such a reckoning is apparent.

    Those waiting to see the bottom of white evangelical cruelty have little source of optimism. Men like Pastor Jeffress can dismiss Trump’s racist abuses as easily as they dismiss his fondness for porn stars. When asked about Trump’s treatment of immigrants, Jeffress shared these comments:

    Solving DACA without strengthening borders ignores the teachings of the Bible. In fact, Christians who support open borders, or blanket amnesty, are cherry-picking Scriptures to suit their own agendas.

    For those unfamiliar with Christian scriptures, it might helpful to point out what Jesus reportedly said about this subject, and about the wider question of our compassion for the poor and the suffering:

    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.

    What did Jesus say about abortion, the favorite subject of Jeffress and the rest of the evangelical movement? Nothing. What does the Bible say about abortion, a practice as old as civilization? Nothing. Not one word. The Bible’s exhortations to compassion for immigrants and the poor stretch long enough to comprise a sizeable book of their own, but no matter. White evangelicals will not let their political ambitions be constrained by something as pliable as scripture.

    Why is the religious right obsessed with subjects like abortion while unmoved by the plight of immigrants, minorities, the poor, the uninsured, and those slaughtered in pointless gun violence? No white man has ever been denied an abortion. Few if any white men are affected by the deportation of migrants. White men are not kept from attending college by laws persecuting Dreamers. White evangelical Christianity has a bottomless well of compassion for the interests of straight white men, and not a drop to be spared for anyone else at their expense. The cruelty of white evangelical churches in politics, and in their treatment of their own gay or minority parishioners, is no accident. It is an institution born in slavery, tuned to serve the needs of Jim Crow, and entirely unwilling to confront either of those realities.

    Men like Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy group, are trying to reform the Southern Baptist church in increments, much like Billy Graham before him. His statements on subjects like the Confederate Flag and sexual harassment are bold, but only relative to previous church proclamations. He’s still about three decades behind the rest of American culture in recognition of the basic human rights of the country’s non-white, non-male citizens. Resistance he is facing from evangelicals will continue so long as the theology informing white evangelical religion remains unconsidered and unchallenged.

    While white evangelical religion remains dedicated to its roots, it will perpetuate its heritage. What this religious heritage produced in the 2016 election, when white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump by a record margin, is the truest expression of its moral character.

    You will know a tree by its fruit.

  16. The current non-response of “legitimate” religions to Trumpism and its political/religious wing has convinced me that Christianity is no longer a viable moral force. . . if it ever was. I used to believe that if I looked hard enough I would eventually find a real Christian community (I have been looking for a long time–over50 years), but I am no longer hoping for that. Christianity is finally dead to me now. It’s a pity–the original inspiration was so good; the execution so poor.

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  18. Great article, but I find myself getting increasingly irritated by how long it takes comments to be approved. Is there someone else that can do so on your behalf?

  19. Sounds Like separation of Wheat and chaff, or God and Bad, Those who truly Love Jesus Christ and Those who don’t
    Not every one is going to heaven , so stop treating this like your the one who is responsible for this.
    Preach in season and out and love people , let God change People and help to the cross of Salvation

    2 Peter 1 New International Version (NIV)

    1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

    To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

    2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

    Confirming One’s Calling and Election
    3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

    5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

    10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Prophecy of Scripture
    12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

    16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

    19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.


    2 Peter 1:10 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.
    2 Peter 1:17 Matt. 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

  20. You do not address the weaponized intentional use of enabled mass migration………Germany, Sweden, France — all now with “no go” zones and massive increases in rape of women and children. Jesus would NOT have sanctioned these attacks and this invasion. Please tell me you understand what Sharia law is. If you do not, you are dangerously uninformed. At the very least, you are misled.

  21. I have attended church for most of my 43 years, and have rarely if ever heard a pastor criticize a sitting president directly, even those that were found to be unfaithful to their wives or those that supported the taking of unborn life. It’s not the job of the pastor to tell me whom to vote for, and I would be highly suspicious of one who did.

  22. I tried to leave this comment before but it didn’t seem to take. This should be read in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” where he points out that worse than the KKK is the white moderate that preaches wait.

  23. This isn’t new. The evangelical response to the AIDS crisis in the 80’s was silence. When they finally did say something it was to tell us it was God’s judgment and we deserved to die horribly.

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