Does Christianity need another schism on the scale of the Reformation?

Assault on the US Capitol, January 6, 2021

One lie after another

The impetus for the insurrection was the falsehood that Trump, not President Joe Biden, won the presidential election. It was a lie enthusiastically amplified by Franklin Graham, arguably the most influential evangelical Christian leader.

Trump and Franklin Graham

The evangelicals’ addiction to secular power

Evangelicals became addicted to the political power achieved through their fealty to Trump. Their addiction made them vulnerable to propensities like lying and manipulation that often accompany politics.

Christian churches vs. Christian nationalist churches

Christians who reject religious nationalism must ensure that the “whole game” does not come crashing down on the reputation of Christianity itself by separating themselves doctrinally from Christian nationalists. They must denounce authoritarianism and affirm their commitment to the Establishment Clause by embracing religious pluralism.

Retired lawyer, former prosecutor, former social worker, Army vet — former lots of things. Commentary published in Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and elsewhere.

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