Dear Sarah,

Dear Sarah,

I’ve been trying to reach you ever since that whole White House Correspondents Dinner business—which I imagine you’re already pretty sick of talking about.

Honestly, I am too.

Please know this has nothing to do with that.

This is about you—and it’s about Jesus. (Well, sort of.)

You see, I’m a Christian and I’ve heard you claim that you’re a Christian too—and watching you work recently, it got me thinking:

How does she do it?

What I mean is, how do you reconcile your supposed faith in Jesus of Nazareth, with your current position as a mouthpiece for this morally malignant President?

As a professed Christian woman, how do you make peace with the reality that you regularly step into the largest bully pulpit in the nation—and you lie for a living on behalf of a serial predator?

How do you square your Christianity with the realization that you are the most visible and vocal surrogate for a man who is by nearly every measurement—fully devoid of Christlikeness?

Look, all Christians (myself included), feel some measure of fraudulence as we live this life while claiming we’re trying to perpetuate the character of Jesus in the world.

None of us can avoid the hypocrisy inherent in professing faith in a perfectly loving, compassionate, merciful Savior—while being profoundly flawed human beings. That tension and duplicity are ever-present.

But this isn’t that.
This is about actively working for the opposition.
This is about purposeful betrayal of your namesake.
This is about conspiring with the enemy.

I watch you every week as you repeatedly distort the truth,
as you attack journalists who come carrying facts.
as you vilify politicians who oppose your employer’s malfeasance,
as you categorically defend his every vile statement, every personal attack, every nonsensical Tweet, every baseless firing, every legislative assault.

I watch your face contort with the unmistakable tells of a person who doesn’t believe a word they’re saying; one who’s sold their soul and is now hopelessly trapped in a lie about a lie about a lie.

I wonder what Jesus-story you tell yourself, about the fact that every week you stand in front of a microphone and willingly perpetuate falsehoods that do great harm to millions of people.

That has to be rough—or maybe it isn’t.

Maybe it’s a breeze for you now.

Maybe you’ve convinced yourself it’s somehow all the Lord’s work.

Maybe you’ve been on this slippery slope of deception for so long that you actually believe the lies now too.

Or maybe your Jesus and my Jesus are just that different.

Maybe your Jesus is good with deporting immigrants.
Maybe your Jesus celebrates the poor staying poor.
Maybe your Jesus is fine with affairs with porn stars.
Maybe your Jesus is totally cool with supremacist Cabinet members.
Maybe your Jesus amens the banning and the wall-building. 

Maybe your Jesus sanctions the fear of brown people.
Maybe your Jesus is pleased with sick people going broke trying to not die.
Maybe your Jesus applauds the racism and the bitterness and the cruelty.
Maybe your Jesus somehow blesses the lies you broker in on behalf of the monster you work for.

If that is your Jesus, Sarah—then know you are evangelizing brilliantly right now.
You are spreading the Gospel of that Jesus exponentially.
You are a powerful preacher of that Jesus to the watching world.

But for my money, that Jesus is the reason so many people want nothing to do with Christianity anymore.
It’s why the Church is hemorrhaging.
It’s why the pews are emptying.
It’s why people run from Christians.

I imagine you feel that thirty seconds of jokes from a comedian is terrible treatment; that you feel unfairly bullied, that feel that you didn’t deserve to be personally attacked.

I imagine you feel like an innocent victim in all this.

Given the countless hours you’ve spent lying to the world and claiming Jesus while you’ve done it—I think you got off easy.


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407 thoughts on “Dear Sarah,

  1. Dear John your letter implies that to be a true Christian that one should rely on your views of who this president is as a person. For your information half the country does not see him as you do. You rely on your sources to make a judgment and others rely on different sources. Either way a true Christian doesn’t a judge another based on your own views. The biggest opposition to Christianity was Obama “Christian get off your high horse” speech and making Christian s the lowest priority in the refugees allowed to enter the USA. Did you support that? Did you write articles like this on Jay Carney that spoke for Obama? I bet not! What you really are is a hater of this president and you use your faith to demonize a person based on your own, in my opinion, misguided views. Shame on you.

    • He said no such thing. His sources? My God man!!! He doesn’t need any sources. All you have to do is watch and listen to that orange-pated jerk to understand his continuing sin nature and his perpetual lies. May Jesus cause the scales to drop from your spiritually blind eyes and ears. Trump is the closest thing to Satan himself that has ever sat in the White House—and you fundies do not care because Satan is supporting your fundie agenda? Hello???

      • Amen…my God could it be any more obvious? Trump is so caught up in a mess and his issues are not IF he slept with a porn star while married shortly after his 3rd wife gave birth but how he paid her off!
        Absolutely absurd that people defend him.

    • Any you, Zach, make unwarranted assumptions that you, and your fundie kind alone, are the only “true” Christians. It is God’s job to sort that out—not yours.

      However, I will say this. If you think Trump is just another traditional Republican President like Dwight D. Eisenhower or Gerald Ford, then you need to have your head examined. Donald Trump is a disgrace to ever Republican who ever sat in the White House, including Herbert Hoover, which my parent’s generation (The Greatest Generation) reviled as the worst President who ever lived. Hoover was light years—light years—a better man and a more respectable man to hold that office than Donald Trump.

      This is not about Obama. If Obama had never even been born, this heat that Trump is getting would still be there with the same intensity because the problem is Trump, his sordid background, his bad behavior, his ineptitude in office, and more vile lies than I have ever seen any politician in any party tell—and he does it with absolutely zero conscience. And the worst thing Zach is that you claim to be a “true” Christian—but still support this vile, two-faced, uncontrollable monster that behaves as if he is inhabited by Satan himself.

      This is not about politics Zach. This is about the man in the White House and the fact that supposedly “true” Christians went against their classic declared morals and values—and voted for this idiot—which means in the end that you have no morals and no values—and just want the power to control the lives of the people who disagree with you.

      Well guess what Zach? You and your fundie friends are never going to have such power—and even if you were to get it—you will never be able to use it or enforce it because the American people will go into massive civil disobedience against it. You and your fundie buddies are going to lose either way you go.

    • John knows what he is doing and why he does it. God will be the one to let john know how faithful john has been as God’s servant. All this talk condemning others will be of no value but will result in wasted empty lives. Go do something in Jesus’s name to help someone.

    • I agree with what Zach said. Being a Christian does not give you the right to judge others’ opinions. We are all IMPERFECT, but God loves us anyway! Our only responsibility in this Life is to keep our own house clean.

    • You are being ironic, right?! Your comment is satire of the highest order… It MUST be!!

      Such perfect, unflinching, outrageous insanity; you couldn’t be more oblivious & wrong if you tried. The Bloated Demented Cheeto Faced Cretin is a cartoon, a grotesque caricaturization of everything possibly wrong with a human and with humanity, yet you seem to approve of his craven, depraved ways. He not just an admitted sexual predator, he’s proud of it, boasts about it. He’s not just a proven cheat, conman and thief, he believes gaming the system and outright theft are proof of his superior intelligence. He thinks it’s good to be bad.

      He’s a horrible, terrible mess of a person; a tragically broken but unnaturally persistent force for evil in this world, and you tolerate it. No, you celebrate it. But you are mistaken. You’re wrong.

  2. My god this is nasty! I like tossing in the Jesus word to sort of purify it. NO, I am not a Trump supporter. I’m a socialist. But, this is nasty

    • What is so nasty? No one was insulting just an expression of opinion. I’m assuming your referring to my post. As a socialist what is it we should be doing to create jobs and to help people in this country to prosper. What is the best way to protect the citizens of this country. How should we do this?

  3. Wow John! Not sure which Bible you claim as the basis of your faith but your interpretation of it sure does conflict with an ENORMOUS amount of evangelical, born again Christian believers! In fact I’d say your nose is growing at the same rate you purport Sarah’s to be growing. Now I am going to make an assumption here that if you so obviously don’t align yourself with the current party in the whitehouse, that you probably support the other party. Under this assumption I say that I can take every word of yours and apply it to the circumstances surrounding people like the Clintons, Pelosi, Obama and other leaders of that political mindset. Shame on you for not understanding the guidence Jesus left us. He did not embroil himself in political manipulation. Jesus chose to separate himself from that chaos and focus of the Kingdom of Heaven. You want to make an impact as a ligitimit Christian writer – don’t ostrasize millions of fellow believers who you may just be spending an eternity with!

    • hmmm, now which Christian will show that they are the TrueChristians? Since none of you can do what is promised for all baptized believers in JC as savior to be able to do e.g. miracles of healing etc, it seems that all of you are liars. it’s great that Mark makes his god in his image, and that god evidently never said anything about taking care of the poor and the sick. Funny how Mark also ignores Romans 3 where it says not to lie, even if you think you are lying for your god.

  4. If he is judging Sarah would that mean that all the people condemning him for his “judgement” in the open letter are judging him as well?

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  6. What I see in the comments are a bunch of Christian Apologists using unconditional forgiveness as an excuse for supporting a guy who has broken every one of the 10 commandments with no remorse. This is exactly why we have a separation of church and state.


  7. I’m trying to figure out how someone posts what you just did and thinks that they are more of a Christian than the person they are berating. It boggles the mind. Shame on you.

  8. Please tell me how writing an article like this, does anything to bring about unity in Christ. As anyone can see, just by looking at the comments, it causes nothing but more division! Pastor, is what you wrote truly following God’s directive in Romans 12:18 that says “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”?
    I realize that we all enjoy the blessing of free speech in this country, but like the freedom we have in Christ, just because we “can”, doesn’t always mean we should! Galatians 5:13-15 – “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”
    The world only sees Jesus through His followers. What are they seeing here?

    • They are seeing Paul fight against the stupidity of Peter—and Paul won. The John Pavlovitz side is on the side of Jesus in this particular argument. The church has argued internally ever since the church was established in the 1st century A.D. The anti-Trump forces will win this argument because they have only shifting sand to stand on in arguing for a reprobate like Trump. Trump is doomed. I tell you. Doomed!!!

  9. Interesting how since Michelle Wolf called out not only Sarah Sanders, but the overly-compliant press, the press had gotten far better at calling out her lies. The tipping point on Sanders duplicity has, it seems, been reached. Possibly write have moved out of the “Tri-Cities Area” of duplicity, mendacity, and atrocity. ☺

  10. You may be amazed at the support Trump has received on your site. Don’t be. The people who support him have been around for a long time. They are the core of the Republican party.

    They call themselves “Evangelical Conservatives” but the Trumpanzees are neither of those things. They are angry, angry people who, however, usually can’t display this because their jobs depend on them making some effort to suck up their rage and pretend to be decent.

    They love Trump because as a rich asshole he can be the bully they want to be. He can behave recklessly, stupidly, he can lie blatantly, he can use vituperative language, even redefining words (like “fake news”) to have different meanings, he can use insults without justification and be the bigot they are inside.

    He’s also just as thin skinned as they are, seeing every contradiction as a personal insult.

    The fact that he has banged porn stars and Playboy models is a plus in their eyes – they wish they could do as much. He really is their god.

    • Well said. Trump is reprehensible in every way. He is a con man, a liar and a thief. I’m a life-long Christian & believe me I recognize Satan when I see him. Trump is Satan incarnate.

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  12. Finally, someone who is writing about what I’ve been saying since Falwell and the Moral Majority landed. No one listens to me and if they do its usually to disagree and heap abuse on my head. I have maintained since the 80’s that “conservative Christian” is an oxymoron similar to “vegetarian butcher”. It’s refreshing to read something that cuts right through the crap and hypocricy although I doubt the crappy hypocrits will get it.

  13. One of the first things I learned when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour is to love one another, not judge one another. None of us is without sin, so we need to stop throwing stones. Each and everyone of us will stand before God Almighty on Judgement Day and we will answer for our sins. Not part of us, but all of us. We need to back off judging others and leave that up to God. Judging is His job, not ours.

    • It is our main job to love, but it is also our job to expose evil and not tolerate its destructiveness. To live your life under the guise of not wanting to judge is just an excuse to not stand up for what is biblically right. And sometimes, yes, this means OPPOSING the political side of our institutional “church.”

    • you might want to read your bible again. Unless you want to ignore Paul, you are told to judge and judge often 1 Corinthians 5 “But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother or sister who is sexually immoral or greedy, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber. Do not even eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging those outside? Is it not those who are inside that you are to judge? 13 God will judge those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.””

      and JC himself says to judge others John 7 “19 “Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you looking for an opportunity to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I performed one work, and all of you are astonished. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I healed a man’s whole body on the sabbath? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

  14. I wonder if it occurs to Sarah that she works for the American people, and not Donald Trump. Sure, she reports to him, and sure, he can fire her, but she’s still a public servant, and we pay her salary.
    So to make it clear: No matter what President Trump tells her, it’s not her job to lie to the American people.

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  18. well, John, the bible has Jesus murdering all people who don’t agree with him. The bible says that your god works with Satan to intentionally corrupt more Christians after they’ve been living under JC’s reign *after* he murders all of us non-Christians.

    Your jesus and your god aren’t the good guys.

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