Where was Idle­man?

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

Re­cently, Pas­tor Shane Idle­man wrote an opin­ion ti­tled, “Pro-Trump & No-Trump Chris­tians – Can They Be United In 2020?” Idle­man states Don­ald Trump is not racist: “…the lie that Don­ald Trump is a racist has driven fear-based vot­ing…white Chris­tians are viewed as Repub­li­can racists when in re­al­ity it was the Repub­li­cans who fought against slav­ery…” Re­gard­ing Trump’s char­ac­ter: “Yes, char­ac­ter counts but Pres­i­dent Trump doesn’t set the spir­i­tual cli­mate of our nation, we do.”

Dr. King’s Let­ter from Birm­ing­ham jail, shows he would be dis­ap­pointed today: “But de­spite these no­table ex­cep­tions, I must hon­estly re­it­er­ate that I have been dis­ap­pointed with the church… But the judg­ment of God is upon the church as never be­fore. If today’s church does not re­cap­ture the sac­ri­fi­cial spirit of the early church, it will lose its au­then­tic­ity, for­feit the loy­alty of mil­lions, and be dis­missed as an ir­rel­e­vant so­cial club… Ev­ery day I meet young peo­ple whose dis­ap­point­ment with the church has turned into out­right dis­gust.” White evan­gel­i­cal church fits this mold.

Trump’s com­ments can be con­strued as racist, “… com­ments about Mex­i­can im­mi­grants, his open hos­til­ity to N.F.L. play­ers protest­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity and his ear­lier “birther” cru­sade against Pres­i­dent Obama, claim­ing falsely he was not a United States cit­i­zen.” “…Why Black Wor­shipers Are Leav­ing White Evan­gel­i­cal Churches,” New York Times, March 2018

Idle­man writes about Repub­li­cans fight­ing against slav­ery long ago, but re­mained silent while Obama and his wife were called racist names. Idle­man re­mained silent when the Chris­tian­ity Today edi­tor wrote about Trump’s char­ac­ter: “None of the pres­i­dent’s pos­i­tives can bal­ance the moral and po­lit­i­cal dan­ger we face un­der a leader of such grossly im­moral char­ac­ter.” The white church today fits King’s let­ter. Guy Marsh, an athe­ist, has spo­ken more about moral­ity in the past four years than Idle­man. Vincent White Lan­caster

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