Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Last night the most corrupt president in U.S. history held a state dinner for (mostly white) Evangelical leaders including Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress and James Dobson--religious leaders who have propagated some of the most harmful and hateful rhetoric against Muslims and against adherents to other faiths (including forms of Christianity unlike their own), against people who are LGBTQ, against non-believers, against women seeking reproductive freedom, etc. Prosperity preacher Paula White--who has made millions bilking the poor--spoke the prayer before the sumptuous meal.

As has come to be expected, Trump boasted unabashedly (and mostly falsely) of his accomplishments. The attendees lavished him with praise. Franklin Graham said, without a hint of irony, that they were "speaking love to power" rather than speaking truth to power.

And I found myself wondering, what would Jesus have done if he were invited to such a soiree? I think surely he would have attended, but I also think he would have caused holy mischief, perhaps overturning a few tables, grabbing the microphone and with pointed finger saying something along the lines of, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees!" Probably would have gotten crucified as a result.


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