Monday, February 01, 2016

Rachel Held Evans takes aim at Donald Trump, the day before White House announces her appointment to an administrative post in the Obama administration

On January 28, 2016 Rachel Held Evans decided to write something about candidate Trump.

This is the gospel of Donald Trump, his “good news” to Christian voters:  Stick with me and you’ll be a winner. Stick with me and I’ll give you power, protection, prestige. 

It’s also the very thing Satan promised Jesus when he tempted him in the desert.
 “I will give you power and authority over all the kingdoms of the world,” Satan said, “it has been given to me and I can give it to anyone I want to.” 

Clearly not aiming for subtlety, Evans directly compared the appeal she thinks Trump has made to conservative Christian voters with the temptation Satan offered Jesus in the wilderness.  Clearly its not possible for anyone on a left or progressive side to be in any way influenced by the possibility of prestige, success, influence and so on. 

Well, okay, if the moral challenge is whether to stick with a guy whose ability to stick to one marriage is a problem for red state Christians who are sympathetic to Trump what about Rachel Held Evans' history of connection to, say, Tony Jones, another guy who hasn't managed to stay married to his first wife?  If Evans is going to propose in all seriousness that red-state Christians should have doubts about standing by their man Trump because of his failure to soldier on with wife #1 couldn't Evans be more consistent when it came to someone like Tony Jones?

And while it's easy for Evans to strike a confident tone regarding the acquiescence of Christians with political sympathies to power it would seem a bit more principled if she wasn't just recently announced as an appointee for the Obama administration.
Rachel Held Evans, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Rachel Held Evans is a Christian blogger and the author of Faith Unraveled, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Searching for Sunday. In addition, Ms. Evans speaks at retreats, conferences, universities, and churches across the country. She has been featured on NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post,  The Huffington Post, CNN, The View, and The Today Show, and in 2012, she was named one of Christianity Today's “50 Women to Watch.”  Ms. Evans received a B.A. from Bryan College.  

Unfortunately, being the sort of pessimistic person that I often am, it seems that Evans has fallen prey to the temptation to pander to her fan base by shooting fish in barrels.  In that respect Evans has done something that would have seemed more typical of Mark Driscoll circa 2012.  Well, in a way the difference is striking because Mark Driscoll's shown up on shows like Glenn Beck's but Evans has received an appointment to the Obama administration.  Now might not be the best time for Evans to take a condescending tone toward any Christians about the temptations of prestige and influence given to Christians by politicians.


Rebecca Lynn said...

Ouch!! Amazed at the lady balls she has!! Glad you are calling her out for it.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

if it were as simple a matter as not caring for Trump it would be one thing. I don't much care for Sanders or Trump themselves even if (somewhat like Alastair Roberts) I can get that the candidates appeal because they highlight problems in the mainstream of the two part machines.

But if RHE insists on saying red-state Christians seem to dig Trump in spite of how he dealt with his first wife; and lecturing them about the seductions of power and prestige; then RHE is not in the best position to lecture them about opportunistic hypocrisy in the realm of politics. The Jones/McMahon situation hasn't exactly gone away. It just seems too much like the pot calling the kettle black coming specifically from RHE.