(Originally published elsewhere 10/18/2016.)
FOR MY WHITE EVANGELICAL FRIENDS IN THE US, PART 2
Thank you for your responses in the previous post.
I cannot say words of condolences to you now. I cannot even say “the damage is done” or “that was a big mistake”–because the damage and danger of the Trump administration is only just beginning and it promises, terribly but unsurprisingly, to embody and carry out all of what it embodied and promised to carry out from the start. Of course in the long run this movement is set to destroy your lives too, whether you admit it yet or not.
I’m grateful to know many of you have been resisting Trump for a long time.
I love you, whether you voted for Trump or not, and we can and must work together to stop the evil for which Trump and his team have already begun laying the groundwork necessary to make happen.
I’m not talking mainly about voting, political parties, or even apologies here. I’m talking about understanding the implications of a Trump administration now, and looking for how best to stand with your neighbors against very real evil, already here and on its way.
Here is a list of 20 responses–many by believers–to the open support much of the white church in the US has given this new Trump administration and what it means for the future for everyone.
They are just a small sampling of responses, and they show both my own biases and my attempts to share sources I believe you would be willing to read.
All but one was written after the election, and most articles are from folks with deep roots in evangelical Christianity.
If you haven’t already, please read these.
And if you want to share how you plan to stand in solidarity, as white Christians, with your neighbors and family members that have been placed in even more danger than they already were by the election of this white supremacist team, please do so.
1. “A New Home For Homeless Christians” By Shane Claiborne
2. “Fellow White Evangelicals: Your Votes For Trump Shook My Faith” By Sam Thielman
3. “Trump Supporters Think My Life Means Less Than Theirs” By Hussein Rashid
4. “After Trump, I Can’t Relate To My Evangelical Faith” By Patrick Kampert
5. “If Donald Trump Has Done Anything, He Has Snuffed Out The Religious Right” By Russell Moore
[note: Russell Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention]
6. “The Evangelical Reckoning Over Donald Trump” By Emma Green
7. “Global Evangelical Leaders: Trump’s Win Will Harm The Church’s Witness” By Kate Shellnutt
8. “White Evangelicals, Black Evangelicals Worlds Apart On Donald Trump” By Jarvis DeBarry
9. “I Was An Evangelical Magazine Editor But Now I Can’t Defend My Evangelical Community” By Katelyn Beaty
10. “The Betrayal Of Evangelicalism” By Michael Stark
11. “16 Tweets That Capture Why Some Christians Feel Betrayed After The Election” By Antonia Blumberg
12. “A Letter to My Evangelical Friend, Who Betrayed Me (and All Jews) by Voting for Trump” By Samuel G. Freedman
13. “What Do White Evangelicals Owe People of Color in Trump’s America They Helped Create?” By Ed Stetzer and Laurie Nichols
14. “To White Evangelicals, A Long Overdue Dear John Letter” By Brandi Miller
15. “Watching 81% Of My White Brothers And Sisters Vote For Trump Has Broken Something In Me” By Yolanda Pierce
16. “Suggestions For White Evangelicals” By AJ Smith
17. “Hopeful and relieved, conservative white evangelicals see Trump’s win as their own” By Julie Zauzmer
18. “How Trump Has Helped the Christian Right Return to Its White Nationalist Roots” By Brian Tashman
19. “After Trump” By D. G. Kelley
20. “What Now?” By Sean Patrick Hughes (November 17th)