Now I am not here to defend any religion, nor do I personally take harbor in the title of evangelical or any other implicated label used by churches to hide divisive mannerisms of Christ’s spiritual body. While there are several things in Mr. De La Torre’s oped that I might agree with, there are however issues I have to take opposition to in order to bring equality to what he says. The first being that he states the failure of Evangelicals as a religion can be clearly viewed in the support they present for our President and those of the Republican party. This isn’t quite fair in light of the fact that many in all the faith sects associated with Christianity are riding on the coattails of our last election, each one yearning for their fair share of some religious political limelight.
Some are using opposition tactics to garner acceptance of the illegal populaces’ religious beliefs in an attempt to blend ideologies for some newly fostered rendition of the gospel. Islam is counter-Christ assimilation of love and goodness hidden in a (g)od visioned narrative that says anything outside our religious quarry must be killed. And the suggested fear of blacks. illegals, Muslims, and those queerly characterizing God’s creativity is a facade hiding the fact that many denominations falter in the glorifying of Christ as they openly accept a sexually disfigured image of God.
While there are many phobias there is also an order of spiritual stupidity that’s more than enough to go around. So, somehow labeling only one sect of Christianity as whitish vermin-(my words not his)-appears to be a little bit much for feeling better about one’s own religious phobias. The hate and descent that many on the left have and emulate on a daily basis are ferociously becoming present in much of the church as well seen in the opinions listed here.
I do not support the sinful redirect the Nashville Statement is supposed to present since scripture tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And those leaders who feel it gives relief from the truth that plagues the church since its existence concerning the sexual deviancy of leaders and the lay alike are only fooling themselves. But in order to frame this Evangelicalism as solely, the white promoters in this article one would have to accept the fact that you are segregating by race for a religious purpose. Long before anyone was labeled a televangelist by the media elitist every church denomination was vying for prime time viewership and would pay greatly to get it. The prosperity gospel as he points out is ill-fitted to the real gospel, but not irreverent to the sustenance of monies for ministries and religious organizations as seen in the narratives given at pulpits to maintain ignorance of tithes and offerings.
To think that only the Evangelicals are posing an attempt to hide the immorality of others is without question biased in content and offers a divergence of the fact that Christ died for all. No matter what one’s past offers as sin, redemption is still available. To Mr. De La Torre and other spiritual heads dismay, God will and has done much through those whom they would never accept as worthy enough. So, why would anyone who claims Christ take the same road that the elite media has taken to prevail among society as those who have a right to diminish the value God created in all? I dare say it may be so that by generalizing Evangelicals as needing a revival of moral consciousness he gleans little exposure of his own self righteous persona. Nothing in the world’s manner of sin in humanity is ever going to become righteously sponsored unless Christ becomes the answer.
Finally, it appears he has issue with our current President and those spiritual leaders who support him. In his statement and “I quote” – Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual predator, an adulterer, a liar, and a racist accountable, instead serving as a shield against those who question POTUS immorality because of some warped reincarnation of Cyrus. Now if your not familiar with who Cyrus is you can read about him in the Old Testament chapters of 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Isaiah, and Daniel. Basically, he was the king that through the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah was accounted by God to building a house for Him in Jerusalem. Everyone needs to know that Cyrus was Persian and not a Jew, but that didn’t stop God from using him to begin something that eventually became a spiritually scripted bastion of His presence.
I guess we can equate his statement to mean that many see President Trump as one being used by God to bring about the rebuilding of economical and religious strength in America. Now I am not pro-Trump, but I do know that whatever the powers that be are directed by God himself, and no matter whether I like them or not, the only way to change them is to seek the counsel of the Spirit of God. So, if Mr. De La Torre has an issue with whether or not Mr. Trump has repented and given Christ’s rights to change him, then he must also have issues with his own salvation he proclaims has occurred. If there is a demise of Christianity it will be because we believe we can defer the work of Christ in others based on a past characterization of sins whether our own or someone Else’s.