Christianity links for Christmas week

The conservative magazine Christianity Today has come out with an editorial saying Trump should be impeached. As Fred Clark says at the link, they deserve credit for that even though they show more concern with understanding Trump supporters than they do Trump opponents (“When someone is stomping on another person’s neck, charity — and justice — for the stomp-ee must come before “patient charity” for the stomp-er.”). And despite the fact the editor in chief only took a stand right before stepping down.

Meanwhile, young white evangelicals continue to support Trump. National Review goes with “both sides,” arguing that Democrats are as unwilling to compromise on abortion rights and identity politics to build an anti-Trump coalition than evangelicals are. But as Vox points out, evangelical conservatives don’t want to oppose Trump — they think he’s awesome. I’ll add that moderates and conservatives have been saying since the Clinton years that Democrats can recapture the white working class if they compromise on abortion, gay rights, etc. They have compromised, and it’s never worked.

Unsurprisingly, evangelicals see themselves much more positively than the rest of the country does.

I used to worry that if Trump stepped down Mike Pence would become a far more vicious anti-gay president. But whatever Trump’s personal feelings about gays, his actions are solidly in the tank for crushing gay rights.

“Politics is a transactional game, and presidents don’t need to be moral to be effective.” Rolling Stone on how money and power politics rallied evangelicals behind Trump.

Millennials are leaving organized religion behind.

Trump’s impeachment is more horrifying than the crucifixion!

A lot of conservatives believe if Christians refuse service to gays, that’s their right. If they’re religious groups resettling refugees, government has the power to stop them.

“To this day, the attitude I associate most with evangelicals is a sneering contempt for moral striving” An excerpt on Slacktivist from an essay about growing up evangelical.

To end on a positive note,  Baptist minister Mark Wingfield says when it comes to race, gender and such, Christian churches should learn to say “We were wrong.” And for another, a North Carolina church is trying to grow by shifting left.

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