The Great Evangelical Divorce

By | November 29, 2017

There is a great image from C.S. Lewis (there’s ALWAYS a great image from C.S. Lewis), in”The Great Divorce,” when the angels are trying to get a candidate for heaven to leave his/her position of error–when sweet logic and reason do not work, the Great Lord of Heaven Through His Mighty Angels sends a stampeding herd of horses to threaten and shock the weasley candidate.

I think of that when I think of others and I think of me, who have made great changes in their outlook, especially late in life. It usually takes the intervention of a stampede to shock us out of our smooth groove to destruction.

Most people, indeed, will never, ever change their minds on anything. They will simply add to their arguments which they use to defend their settled opinions and feelings, and all the while will insist their position is based entirely upon fact.

It is not, and a dispassionate observer can see through this tissue of lies.

But the poor person defending Trump or Dobson or Roberts or Graham, F., or any others in their dominion of evangelical leaders will never, ever admit that the basis of their support is an entirely imagined Demonology of the Left. They could no more admit that Obama did indeed sit through a near continuous uptick in the economy than they could admit the Devil sometimes does a good deed, because indeed the Devil can do no good deed, and no Democrat is anything other than the Devil. They cannot admit that Trump is a catastrophe for the Gospel and that their willing, slavish self-subjugation of Evangelicals to this strumpettish president is one of the most enormous scandals in all of church history, akin to the willing subjugation of the German Evangelicals in the 1930s and 1940s to their Dear Leader. (I am not Godwinning here. Yet.)

I do not reserve this judgment to just Evangelicals, of course. Everyone suffers from this inability to see their position nor to see the entirely reasonable positions of others which contradict or do not coincide with theirs.

But for Evangelicals, it is a double damnation because they claim they are on the side of Truth, and that their own opinions are entirely based on the truths that flow from that Truth.

I do not know how we American Evangelicals can ever recover from this. I’m sure we will still run our churches and our crusades exactly as before, build ever tighter and more compliant congregations, loudly cast out heretics who think the gospel implies willing obedience to the ways of Jesus rather than the gleeful wielding of political power.

But dear God in Heaven, how we have lost our moral integrity.