I’m seeing polls showing that a “yuge” number of voters for the Comboverlord in his South Carolina primary win identified themselves as Evangelicals. I’ve spent the day perusing tweets ranging from incredulity to outright anger. As a believer in lex parsimoniae, I’d like to apply it in my take today.
What if, assuming that people were being straight with the pollsters upon their exit, an overwhelming swath of evangelicals actually did ignore almost all the tenets of their faith and gave the Orange Man their vote?
How could solid, Bible-believing Christians actually support a thrice married, much bedded, abortion supporting, casino running, foul mouthed charlatan?
My ex-sister-in-law was a staunch evangelical Christian, so I might have some insight.
In addition to her devout faith, the overwhelming focus of her church was “End Time Theology”.
That set of beliefs is that the world is entering (or is already in, to some sects) the Seven Years of Tribulation that will end with the return of Christ to earth and the final battle at Armageddon.
What if these good people have persuaded themselves that, by supporting the man who may well be the “Deceiver” of the end times, they will hasten the Rapture?
“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NLT)
Could there be a better description of the false prophet who is hoodwinking good people by filling their “itching ears” with exactly what they want to hear?
Religious leaders have preached for decades, if not centuries, that the world will be misled by the greatest false prophet in human history in the years leading up to Christ’s return.
The prophet Daniel tells us: “He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning.” Daniel 8:25 (NLT).
Sound like anyone we know?
Very much like the radical Islamists in Iran are awaiting the return of the Mahdi (who will usher in the final battle between good and evil in their religious texts), what if, just possibly, those hard-core Evangelicals are “playing long ball” and knowingly and overwhelmingly voting for a snake in hopes that the end times will come sooner rather than later?
What could possibly go wrong with that ever so well intentioned, albeit naive theory?
Perhaps, rather than blanket condemnation of our misguided brothers and sisters in Christ, we should remind them that the Apostle Paul warned: “He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (NLT)
If they blindly believe that their actions will eventually save the world, perhaps it’s worth reminding them that it will be at the cost of their immortal souls.