A senior Church of England bishop just sent a message to Trump supporters that is certain to cause controversy. According to the Guardian, Paul Bayes, the bishop of Liverpool, claims that "self-styled evangelicals" in the US should reconsider their "uncritical support" of President Donald Trump.
According to Paul Bayes, by uncritically supporting President Trump, self-styled evangelicals risk bringing the word "evangelical" into disrepute. He also claims that there is no justification for a Christian to contradict the teachings of Jesus to help protect the poor and weak — something that he implies Christian Trump supporters in the United States are guilty of.
In an interview with The Guardian, the bishop remarked that "Some of the things that have been said by religious leaders seem to collude with a system that marginalises the poor, a system which builds walls instead of bridges, a system which says people on the margins of society should be excluded, a system which says we’re not welcoming people any more into our country."
He then claimed to regret that “people who call themselves evangelical in the US seem to be uncritically accepting” positions taken by Trump.
“Some quite significant so-called evangelical leaders are uncritically supporting people in ways that imply they are colluding or playing down the seriousness of things which in other parts of their lives [they] would see as really important,” he added, according to The Guardian.
CNN writes that during his Christmas sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, criticized "populist leaders" throughout the world, although he did not directly mention President Trump by name. And in November, the Archbishop remarked that he was "deeply disturbed" that the President of the United States has "chosen to amplify the voice of far-right extremists" by retweeting non-verified anti-Muslim propaganda videos from the British far-right group Britain First.
Trump's latest policy proposal hailed by evangelicals in the United States was his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump also announced his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
CNN reports that Paula White, a megachurch pastor who is very close to Trump, is hailing the president, claiming that he has fulfilled one of his most important campaign promises.
"Once again, President Trump has shown the world what I have always known — he is a leader who is willing to do what is right however loud the voices are of the skeptics and the critics. Evangelicals are ecstatic, for Israel is to us a sacred place and the Jewish people are our dearest friends," she said.
Rev. Robert Jeffress, the pastor on Trump's evangelical advisory board, claimed that "Jerusalem has been the object of the affection of both Jews and Christians down through history and the touchstone of prophecy. But most importantly, God gave Jerusalem — and the rest of the Holy Land — to the Jewish people."
Many Christians were also thrilled after President Trump used the month of December to call national attention to the connection between Christmas and Jesus Christ.
“The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son and the most extraordinary gift of all—the gift of God’s love for all of humanity," he said. "Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his incredible life forever changed the course of human history.”
“Each and every year at Christmas time we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it's about who we are. Each one of us is a child of God.”
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