In the 10 days since the inauguration, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a Christian here and now. Although Trump received strong support from evangelical Christians, and some of his edicts actively favor Christians or traditional Christan causes, I’m one of those believers who cannot support this administration or its policies. This stems from my fundamental understanding of what it means to be a Christian.
The simplest version of Christian religion is “believe in Jesus and you won’t burn in hell forever.” On par with this shallow brief system is its collary, “believe in Jesus and he will give you good things/protect you from bad things.” Both of these are the “Jesus as lucky rabbit’s foot” philosophy. This tends to spawn the kind of religion that demands lots of works to earn the desired reward, while practicioners tend to have no tolerance for different views. They know the right way, and they are going to force the rest of us into their way.