Not only Christians, of course, can stand for integrity. But consider what would happen if White evangelicals insisted on supporting honest, compassionate, decent, civil, self-controlled men and women for office. The alternative is our current reality, in which evangelicals have often been a malicious and malignant influence in U.S. politics.
The unhappy truth is that there has always been a lot of resentment and malice embedded in Christian thought. Seriously: healthy adults do not buy into Christianity’s indispensable metaphysical claim — that we are all born no damn good and deserving eternal punishment. As I’ve said many times through the years, Christianity cannot flourish in a healthy culture.
What evangelicals’ support for Trump has done is expose the sickness and incandescent hypocrisy in Christian thought.