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Pastor slams evangelical Christians for voting for Trump

Pastor slams evangelical Christians for voting for Trump

Jomo K Johnson, a founding member of the Black Lives Matter branch in Savannah, Georgia and a minister formerly associated with the conservative Presbyterian Church in America, has just published The Gospel: King Trump Version which castigates evangelical Christians for supporting Trump in the 2016 election.

The “satirical gospel”, according to this report, is independently published through Amazon and available on Kindle and in paperback.

Amazon’s blurb says:

What this Gospel does is the same thing Christian Trump supporters did during the election: take Jesus out in order to put Trump in. The book puts the campaign actions and sayings of Donald Trump in the biblical format of the Gospel of Mark, as a witness against all those who claim the name Christian while also voting for Trump. And as the Republican National Committee wrote on Christmas to their followers, ‘Herald Your New King’.

Johnson has been full time minister for the last seven years, has a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary and considers himself to be a progressive-conservative evangelical. After leaving the PCA, he now runs his own home ministry called Church for THUGS (Those Helpless Until God Saves), which seeks to bring faith to gang members, prisoners, and others in urban areas who don’t go to church.

Jomo Johnson

As exit polls show that an overwhelming majority of evangelicals backed Trump, Johnson told The Christian Post that he was shocked to see so many evangelicals vote for a man who has unabashedly made a number of highly questionable statements that critics say degrade women, minorities and immigrants.

According to Johnson, the book takes the Gospel of Mark and removes all the biblical characters and replaces them with an account of Trump’s campaign from the beginning.

It follows actions, sayings, statements, and things that Trump has done throughout the campaign and beyond, kind of in place of the Gospel. It broke down the Gospel of Mark, kind of the same literary form and same sequence and same challenges. It is Trump replacing Jesus in the Gospel and the implications of that.

For example, the book makes fun of Trump, who wondered in 2015 why he should have to ask God for repentance or forgiveness if he never makes mistakes.

As exit polls show that about 81 percent of evangelical voters voted for Trump in November, Johnson said that the result:

Seemed to be a continuing trend of American Christianity that kind of replaces the Gospel with pieces of the capitalistic gospel. The whole thought was to do it not as a comedy but to do it in such a way to where it serves as an indictment against the Church more so than Donald Trump.

Although many evangelicals, including leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, were highly critical of Trump and refused to vote for him, Johnson said that he doesn’t believe that his book is an overgeneralisation of evangelical voters, adding that Moore received much pushback from evangelicals because of his opposition to Trump.

I identify as an evangelical myself. I guess I identify as a progressive evangelical. I think American evangelicalism has kind of embraced self-centered conservative values that hasn’t reflected a great concern for minorities, women and immigrants. I think that evangelicalism as a whole needs to be confronted with itself. I have heard some evangelicals say that ‘You can call me an evangelical for now’, suggesting that there might come a time pretty quickly when we don’t want to be identified by that title.

Although Johnson is a member of Black Lives Matter, he still considers himself to be somewhat conservative. Before joining PCA, Johnson held a theo-political view of “Democrat Only” But after the terror attack on September 11, 2001, he began to embrace more conservative nationalistic views.

Johnson left the PCA in 2015, an 80-precent white denomination, after seeing how churches were not responding to racial issues and the string of shootings of unarmed black Americans at the hands of police officers that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. He said:

I still consider myself a conservative but a more progressive than an extreme conservative.

22 responses to “Pastor slams evangelical Christians for voting for Trump”

  1. Peter Sykes says:

    So he’s slightly to the left of Genghis Khan!
    Great that makes me feel so much better…

  2. Matthew Carr says:

    He lost me at “progressive conservative”.

  3. Paul says:

    I can’t help but laugh at the so called educational qualification he has: a masters in divinity. What a tool.
    What an idiotic qualification full of bloated rubbish and pomp signifying nothing.
    It was best written by Thomas Paine:
    “The study of theology ….. is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.”

  4. sailor1031 says:

    These people were never going to vote for Clinton, and who can blame them? This whole 2016 presidential election has been an unmitigated disaster and an insult to democracy. There haven’t been worse, less qualified, more dishonest candidates on either side any time in this or last century. And as bad as I believe a Trump presidency will be (and I would not have voted for him myself if I were eligible) there is no question in my mind that a Clinton presidency would have been even worse.

  5. Trevor Blake says:

    I have not seen Mr. Johnson’s book, and so I do not know if he has any commentary regarding his religion’s positive view on slavery. But surely he would not pick and chose which parts of the Bible are to be followed and which are to be ignored.

  6. Matt says:

    Russia, China, and North Korea must be sniggering and concocting schemes and plans to torpedo the USA boat as captain Trump breaks all the navigational rules and heads for the reef.

    How on earth did the most once powerful nation on earth allow its politics to evolve into something so grotesque as to pitch two such appalling presidential candidates against each other? There are some really smart people in the USA, really there are, but the broken political process spat out Trumps and Clinton as the best of the runners. What a gargantuan fuck up.

  7. barriejohn says:

    We’ve been here before. Christians have no business voting, but are commanded to subject themselves to whomsoever God in his wisdom places in power:

    “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1)

    Seems quite straightforward to me.

  8. Broga says:

    @Matt: That’s the way I see it. Russia and China, and I suppose the psycho in N. Korea, must be loving a Trump Presidency as they watch him head for the rocks. He can’t pull back because of the religious fools supporting him and that force will deliver him to China and North Korea.

    The USA owes $1.3 trillion dollars to China.

  9. Broga says:

    P.S. I meant deliver him to China and Russia. If China wants a chunk of its money back Trump will struggle. The USA owes $5 trillion to other countries – that includes China’s $1.3. trillion.

    But the USA owes about $17 trillion in total when its own citizens are included. And Trump wants to spend big money on so called defence, including nuclear. He is not as free to do what he wants as he seems.

  10. AgentCormac says:

    @barriejohn

    The subject of gawd determining the outcome of elections is of course one we’ve covered here before, but it is nonetheless worth returning to. Why would evangelists be in the slightest bit interested in participating in the democratic process if they know beyond doubt that their god (not anyone else’s) will only allow the candidate of his choice to win? Why even bother with elections at all if we mere mortals can’t affect the outcome by putting crosses in boxes? They’re either hypocrites or they don’t believe a word of it themselves either.

  11. Brexit, Trump, the rise of the ‘far right’ in Europe……2016 was a very interesting year indeed. I wonder what wonders 2017 will bring? Poor Lefties–they’ve lost the working-class vote and are thus well and truly f–ked. Oh well, you can’t say they weren’t warned….But then again, they regard themselves as being incapable of error and thus can never learn from the mistakes they are unable to make. Added to which, they consider anyone who dares to disagree with them as being deluded, mad, evil. This is a fatal miscalculation on their part. Let’s face it, anyone who travels through life holding such bizarre and unreal attitudes will inevitably fall from error to error until driven quite crazy by disappointment and ideological mania. It seems to me that Trump and his ilk are here to stay. They are the future. The Left need to get used to this. And as for the votes of the ethnic minorities which the Left so assiduously attempts to cultivate (hence their disapproval of patriotism, their approval of mass-immigration, and their encouragement of identity politics), this too will end in failure. There can be no place for the liberal-left in the Brave New World they hope to bring into being. Time for another pink gin. Cheers.

  12. Matt says:

    OT … but this is what some muslims do for allah.
    Nigeria: Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn – BBC News
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-38725976

    Need any more proof that religions are abominations and that the worst of the lot is islam.

  13. barriejohn says:

    They’re getting their payback for voting for the moron:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/23/politics/trump-mexico-city-policy/

    “The President, it’s no secret, has made it very clear that he’s a pro-life president…He wants to stand up for all Americans” (Sean Spicer). Is that his idea of a joke?

  14. Laura Roberts says:

    @sailor1031: precisely what do you think Clinton would have done that is worse than what Trump has done and seems eager to continue doing?

    I am confident she would not have struck off Obamacare, nor would she allow Medicaid extensions to be rolled back. I am also confident that she would defend abortion rights (however anemically). I am confident that her cabinet would contain garden-variety corrupt politicians, far less depraved than those we now face. I am also reasonably sure she wouldn’t be vulnerable to blackmail, nor would she be quite so coquettish with a vicious foreign leader like Putin.

    My guess is, she would fall somewhere between Bush Sr. and her husband — not a great president, but not as grotesque as Bush Jr. Our choice in this election was appalling, but it appears Trump’s idea of “draining the swamp” is to replace it with a fetid cesspool.

  15. AgentCormac says:

    @Laura Roberts

    There’s also climate change and protecting the environment. Both of which would now be in far, far safer hands if Clinton, flawed as she is, had won instead of the big-business, profit-before-everything mobsters who are now regrettably in control.

  16. Stephen Mynett says:

    Some slightly better news, OT but Government has lost in high court, Parliament will vote on Brexit

  17. Edwin Salter says:

    Further to the horrors of Trumpery, we shouldn’t forget money and greed. The Pastor should note that Christ was vehement against avarice (one of the seven deadly sins and opposed by the Christian vow of poverty and theological virtue of charity) and most faiths concur.
    The response to Oxfam publicising that just eight ultra-rich together own as much as the poor half of the world includes capitalist (Adam Smith Inst. & Inst. for Economic Affairs) dismissals that Oxfam should only concern itself with the poor. Is there anyone outside the amoral trough who isn’t sickened by the disparity?

  18. ORAXX says:

    If nothing else, Donald Trump exposed the evangelical christian crowd as the flaming hypocrites they’ve always been. Trump personifies everything evangelicals claim to abhor, and they supported him overwhelmingly. Christian churches have a long history of sucking up to power. I expect they’ll be disappointed. Trump may tell them some things they want to hear, but little Donald does not play well with others, and does not like sharing his toys.

  19. Cali Ron says:

    ORAXX: Indeed!

  20. Cali Ron says:

    Did a drunken rose vomit her conservatism on this thread?