Sold their souls?

Have Evangelicals “sold their souls” to Trump, or are they motivated by the same things every other voter has been motivated by…ever?

It sounds like Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is finally waking up to the fact that socialism has destroyed his country. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (if you can find any) and realize that Bernie Sanders was (and is) entirely wrong).

And I’m starting work on a social commentary poem. Yes, me, writing an actual poem. Well, it isn’t intended to rhyme, so perhaps it’s more a free verse. Anyway, I just have the first stanza. Let me know how you like it.

First they came for Alex Jones
But I did not speak up, because I was not a nutty conspiracy theorist.

And the last stanza would be something like, “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” I’m still working on that. If it sounds sort of familiar, I would only suggest that…all really great poetry sounds very familiar. Anyway, I’d like to make this a collaborative effort of the Consider This audience. Comment below with your contributions.

Mentioned links:

‘SHE HATES ME’: WAPO REVEALS WHY EVANGELICALS JUMPED ABOARD THE TRUMP TRAIN

Judgment days: In a small Alabama town, an evangelical congregation reckons with God, President Trump and the meaning of morality

Venezuela’s Maduro Admits Socialist Model Has Failed

Close The Gaps: Disparities That Threaten America

Apple, Facebook and other tech companies delete content from Alex Jones

First they came … [Wikipedia]

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Show transcript

I’ve often been asked how I can support Trump given that I’m a Christian and given so many things that he’s done that are immoral. This is often reworded as the idea that evangelicals have sold their soul to Trump, and that they don’t care what other things he does as long as he is politically aligned with them. I think that’s unfair, and the Washington Post looked into this recently, with a lengthy analysis about what members of the First Baptist Church of Luverne, Alabama thought about this apparent disconnect. As I said, the story is long, and I link to both it and a summary at the Daily Caller in the show notes.

Let me cut to the chase by saying that “supporting Trump” doesn’t mean supporting everything he does both as a President and as a person. Frankly, no one does that for any President of any party, and so finding out that the parishioners of the First Baptist Church see it the same way shouldn’t surprise anyone. Democrat friends of mine parted ways with some of what President Obama did on occasion, and that’s fine. But for some reason, this all changed for Christians and Trump, requiring us to either embrace everything he’s ever done or be called hypocrites.

We voted for Trump, as the story notes, to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, fight for religious liberty, and adopt pro-life policies, among other things. Basically, to have government do what we think it should do; y’know, just like every other voter, ever. Yes, he’s made us feel awkward on a number of occasions, but I bet there were a few Democrats who felt a bit awkward at times during the Clinton administration. The idea that Trump has had many more awkward moments, while for me is true, doesn’t change any of that. Overall, he’s doing what I voted for him to do. I shouldn’t have to own every misstep of his any more than anyone else. Fair?


From the “We Could Have Told You That, And We Did” Department comes word that Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has cried “Uncle”. (For you young whippersnappers, that means you give up and you acknowledge that you’ve been bested.) Facing shortages of all sorts of products, an inflation rate projected to top 1,000,000% by year end, and a GDP set to plummet 18% this year, he finally got the message.

He told his political party, “The production models we’ve tried so far have failed and the responsibility is ours, mine and yours. Enough with the whining… we need to produce with or without (outside) aggression, with or without blockades, we need to make Venezuela an economic power.”

Well, it’s not like he wasn’t warned. Well, he was warned, but there were others who praised him, and he probably heard them louder than the critics. Here are the words of Bernie Sanders from 2011, from a statement on his official Senate website that is still there.

These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who’s the banana republic now?

I’d turn that question around and ask, who’s the economic illiterate now? When are you finally going to get the message?


And finally, I’m starting work on a social commentary poem. Yes, me, writing an actual poem. Well, it isn’t intended to rhyme, so perhaps it’s more a free verse. Anyway, I just have the first stanza. Let me know how you like it.

First they came for Alex Jones
But I did not speak up, because I was not a nutty conspiracy theorist.

And the last stanza would be something like, “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” I’m still working on that. If it sounds sort of familiar, I would only suggest that…all really great poetry sounds very familiar. Anyway, I’d like to make this a collaborative effort of the Consider This audience. Listener Ryan Berges has already commented on the Facebook page post by saying, “You actually cannot finish it because your account was frozen and banned before you reached conclusion.” OK, so I guess the clock is ticking.

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