This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Selling the soul

Is evangelical Christianity selling its soul for a mess of pottage? Both President Trump and former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama have shown themselves to be sexual predators. They climbed the ladder of political power by mouthing loyalty to the sacred tenets of evangelical Christianity: a conservative on the Supreme Court, opposition to abortion and gay rights, affirmation of biblical inerrancy and the supremacy of Christianity in America.

Are evangelical Christians demonstrating, by their support of Trump and Moore, that the end justifies the means — that it is OK to have sexual predators and tweeting bullies in Congress and the presidency as long as they deliver the power in government for the churches to get what they want? It seems like their struggle is to make government power and church power synonymous. When the Roman emperor Constantine became a Christian and marched his troops through a river to baptize them, the state and church became one. In the long run it didn’t work.

Can there be peace on Earth when we are blind to the rise of hate groups like those that marched in Charlottesville, Va. — the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and neo-Nazis with swastika flags flying? It appears they were emboldened by the violence at Trump’s campaign rallies.

Are we, as a country and a Christian church, moving toward power over others — starting at the top with the billionaires and working our way down toward the poor — or are we accepting Christ’s call to be servants to all, starting at the bottom of the social ladder, for the good of all?

It’s time for Americans to adjust our morals so that both our means and ends will determine the ultimate good for all, not just the wealthiest 10 percent.

Evan Oswald
Glendale, Ariz.

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