An Open Letter to the Christian Right

By  |  October 14, 2016, 12:42am

I am an evangelical Christian. I believe scripture is the inerrant word of God. I believe that when scripture speaks with authority on a subject, it is accurate even though it sometimes forces me to confront seeming contradictions. I believe in one triune God who through the person of Jesus Christ has delivered me from sin and will return to judge the quick and dead.

But I no longer believe in you.

While there are many right thinking Christians in the United States, the Christian Right has become as worldly and polluted as the Christian Left. Liberal Christianity in the United States has found that God is ever changing. His pronouncements on homosexuality have evolved. The application of the Bible need not be taken literally. And sin itself must be affirmed. Now the Christian Right does the same. It ignores admonitions of the Bible. It excuses the sins of those on the team.

To be clear, when I say Christian Right, I mean the political organizations that agitate for Christian values in Washington, D.C., not the conservative Christians in America struggling through their lives. I do not mean the mission focused biblically based organizations spread across America. I mean the remnant of the Moral Majority, which still seeks to exercise influence on behalf of Christians in Washington, D.C.

By your actions in Campaign 2016, you have harmed all of our witness. You have made it more difficult to save the lost and more difficult to protect the rights of faithful believers.
You have dragged down the reputation of penitent heroes of the Bible to justify the sins of Donald Trump.

You have dismissed claims of sexual assault against Donald Trump.

You have subverted and perverted the Word to justify and excuse the behavior of a man who finds it acceptable to degrade others and revel in sexual sin.

You have taken the story of Jesus protecting a woman from stoning and twisted it into an admonition that we should not hold Donald Trump accountable for sexual harassment lest we be “judging” him.

You have ridiculed the motives of the women who have come forward and in some cases mocked these women created in the image of God solely for political gain.

You have defended Donald Trump as partisans, not as Christians.

You have openly embraced a man who revels in sin and failed to publicly call him to repent.

You have made binary a choice that involves the weight of daily faith and determined that one evil should be chosen over another. Then you had the audacity to declare it God’s will instead of relying on God.

You made Christianity partisan instead of holy.

You should be ashamed.

How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?

Donald Trump is going to lose the White House now and through you he has dragged down all of us. When Christians of good faith and conscience stand up now to defend religious liberty, who will take us seriously? You championed a man who does not respect the First Amendment. You championed a man who implied that he, not Christ, will make Christianity great again.

When Christians argue for a moral basis of law, who will take us seriously? You, the media adorned face of Christianity in America, rallied to a man who revels in sin. You dismissed sexual assault claims because you did not want to harm your chances of getting secular, worldly power.

When Christians argue that we should, in the future, have a moral leader, who will take us seriously after you so quickly whored yourselves to Donald Trump?

When Christians take a bold stand, how will anyone assume the motivation is pure when you’ve been taking money from Trump? How will people know that this next time you are not bought and paid for?

We live in an age of increased cynicism toward faith and increased hostility toward Christians. By standing with a man who makes a mockery of faith, who revels in sin, and who calls himself a Christian, but has never felt the need to repent, you have exacerbated secular stereotypes of the Church in America. You have provided all the ammunition the secular world needs to question our motives, our beliefs, and our aspirations.

And yet you have no shame and refuse to acknowledge the damage you have done by excusing a man accused of sexual assault.

Christians should be known by our love, but you have sown division, hatred, and apologies for sin.You have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator. You have made an idol of your politics and worship it as a religion. You have allowed bad company to corrupt your good morals.

The harm you have done at a time Christianity is under assault will echo through the coming decades. Instead of putting your trust in the real savior, you went looking for an earthly savior and shackled yourselves to him.

My only hope is that as he sinks down that you remain shackled to him as well and drown in your own irrelevance that Christians in America can be surrounded and supported now by the right Christians instead of the Christian Right.

Let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.

Shame on you.

 

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ISAIAH 1:2-26
ISAIAH 5:13-29
DEUTERONOMY CHPT. 28
LEVITICUS CHPT. 26
DEUTERONOMY 30:15-20
MATTHEW 7:6, 13-23
ROMANS 1:16-32
ROMANS 3:10-18, 23
ROMANS 6:12-23
I CORINTHIANS CHPT. 5
I CORINTHIANS 6:9-11
GALATIANS 5:16-25
I PETER 4:17-19

 

 -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

 

 

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  1. MUG

    Reverend. I can’t disagree with you and certainly not with Scripture.

    My Granddad was a cattle buyer – cattle trader. When I was 5 and 6 he would take me with him to cattle auctions, sometimes several times a week. I can’t imagine a better environment for a young boy to learn about manhood. The cattle men talked rough and direct with each other, but with respect. They were jealous of their reputations and honored agreements amounting to thousands of dollars (tens of thousands in today’s money) without contracts, just a hand shake or maybe a penciled unsigned note. Not all were honest, but they ruthlessly dealt with any who would cheat. Not all went to church, but they all accepted that Christian morals were right. I would trust any one of them to keep his word and if I agreed with him I would vote for him whether he was Christian or not.

    It doesn’t matter whether I agree with Donald Trump. I don’t trust him. And I fully trust Hillary to do exactly what she says that I don’t agree with.

    1. Kenny Sono

      VERY nicely stated Mug (as usual). In MY case, I know Trump can’t be trusted. In the past I’ve had girlfriends who held that status; I’m still single so I was right and they are gone. Still, how many times do we humans THINK we heard something, SUSPECT we saw something, believe we smelled something, nearly touched something, and later discovered it was kind of an illusion / a misunderstanding a wild and crazy mistake of our perceptions. The statement “I could be WRONG” is critical to anyone claiming to be honest.
      In Hillary’s case, I’ll reverse that. I can’t be wrong: She is a continuation of Obama who has PROVEN himself to be destructive. This is NOT about Obama’s skin color or Hillary’s gender: This is about the entire EMPIRE of left wing Socialist / Progressive Liberal slime. The left wing of the Democrat party WILL destroy America. I’m not voting for that group / ever.

    2. Larry Wallenmeyer Post author

      MUG,

      DT=Hitlary=ObaMarxist. There is NO difference…EXCEPT that DT has said AND DONE as bad as they have AND HAS funded, supported, endorsed and VOTED FOR THEM!! THAT makes DT WORSE!!

      DT is guilty of all his crimes AND the crimes he IS AN ACCOMPLICE TO with:
      Hitlary
      Bill Clinton
      AlGore
      Pelosi
      ObaMarxist
      Charles Rangel
      Barbara Boxer
      Bill de Beboise
      Anthony Weiner
      Jesse Jackson
      Al Sharpton
      Chuck Schumer
      Code Pink
      LBGT
      Planned ParentHOOD
      John Kerry
      Jimmy Carter
      Walter Mondale…

      To say that DT is in ANY way “better than” Hitlary or ObaMarxist is 100% DELUSIONAL and WRONG.

      -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

      1. MUG

        Reverend. I hope you aren’t saying that I said Trump is better than Hillary or Obama, because I didn’t say or imply that. I said I don’t trust Trump to to do what he says he will do. But I was implying that if I thought I could trust him I would be tempted to vote for him. I don’t trust him because his record is Liberal as you have pointed out. I don’t trust him because he has already flipflopped and backed off of too many of his campaign promises that are important to me. I don’t trust him because in his past when he negotiates, anything and everything is negotiable including his promises. The cattlemen I was around with my Granddad were honest moral men, even the non-Christians. Donald Trump is not honest or moral.

        And Reverend please don’t imply that I am delusional. I take that personal.

  2. Kenny Sono

    OK Larry, let’s review:
    We should feel guilty about being willing to vote for Trump.
    But Hillary / who replaces a guy fully supporting her…….. is OK?
    No? So you’re saying don’t vote OR vote for a guy who cannot win.
    If this was a WAR (and it iS / between Evil and not quite as bad):
    You would have us all Don’t shoot (the enemy) or if you do shoot, be sure you only shoot up into the air.
    THAT is your argument.
    Spin, it, back it up with so called evidence, and insist by stomping both feet if you want……THAT is your argument. Find another army to preach to Reverend. They’re on Christian and other religious web sites I’m sure. This one is political.
    Now, when it comes to the topic of Christianity, I would likely not challenge you at all on any point / ever. Feel better? Didn’t think so.

  3. DAHL

    I am voting for Donald Trump because I am a conservative. I look at him as being a person that wants to do good for the American people by securing the borders, bringing back jobs for the middle class from China, supporting the second amendment, getting the epa under control, for appointing conservative judges to the supreme court, and for addressing the Muslim terrorist problem. As a religious person I am voting for a man who sins like all the rest of us, not Jesus. Do not discount that Trump will win the presidency. If Hillary wins the way of Stan will engulf America. I am a member of “the hard Christian right” and proud of it.

    1. Larry Wallenmeyer Post author

      You are NOT even a member here, but I will respond anyway.
      You are delusional and wrong to place any trust in a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, Fraud, Pervert, Bully and CON ARTIST.

      DT=Hitlary=ObaMarxist. There is NO difference…EXCEPT that DT has said AND DONE as bad as they have AND HAS funded, supported, endorsed and VOTED FOR THEM!! THAT makes DT WORSE!!

      DT is guilty of all his crimes AND the crimes he IS AN ACCOMPLICE TO with:
      Hitlary
      Bill Clinton
      AlGore
      Pelosi
      ObaMarxist
      Charles Rangel
      Barbara Boxer
      Bill de Beboise
      Anthony Weiner
      Jesse Jackson
      Al Sharpton
      Chuck Schumer
      Code Pink
      LBGT
      Planned ParentHOOD
      John Kerry
      Jimmy Carter
      Walter Mondale…

      To say that DT is in ANY way “better than” Hitlary or ObaMarxist is 100% DELUSIONAL and WRONG.

      -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.

  4. Grace Beauregard

    I suspect Rev. you are a “never Trump” person. The only other viable (if you could call her that) candidate is Hillary. I don’t know of any Christian that condones sin, myself included however, we are all sinners in one area or another – some worse than others. However, if someone wants to vote for a 3rd party candidate and/or write in someone’s name just to assuage their conscience, so be it. Any thinking person, who looks at party platform and what each of the lead candidates has stated as their intention upon becoming president, can make a pretty good guess at which direction this country is likely to go. I believe in traditional marriage; ALL life including the unborn child is precious; our Constitution; law and order; limited federal government and the fact that the federal government needs to do ONLY what the Constitution gives it power to do and that states rights need to be restored. Additionally, God can do anything and has used sinner after sinner in the Bible to work His word so I rest in that belieft as far as Mr. Trump is concerned. Hillary not so much.

    1. Larry Wallenmeyer Post author

      I see you’re not a member either, Grace, but I will answer anyway,

      As said before, and said clearly and plainly:
      DT=Hitlary=ObaMarxist=Liberal=Marxist=Evil.

      There is NO difference.
      Short version:
      Not only is DT guilty of all the sins, crimes and Liberal views and acts he’s committed, and he IS guilty, BUT DT is also guilty of being an accomplice to Hitlary’s
      ObaMarxist’s
      Pelosi’s
      Reid’s
      Kerry’s
      Carter’s sins, crimes and Liberal views and and acts BECAUSE DT voted FOR them, FUNDS, supports THEM…DT agrees with THEM, i.e. DT IS THEM.

      So, yes, I am a #NEVERTRUMP & #NEVERHILLARY.

      I am voting for the only Constitutional-Conservative in the race Evan McMullin.

      The Bible forbids me and all Christians for voting for evil regardless of party affiliation.

      IF every voter in America that said they were a Christian and a Conservative would vote for THE ONLY Constitutional-Conservative in the race, then Evan McMullin WOULD WIN.

      IF…

      -Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.