My gap year after high school was in an evangelical cult. Aka an internship with the now defunct Teen Mania Ministries. Nobody knew it was a cult back then. That’s just what friends said when they learned about some of the rules we had to follow like no dating, no secular music, and no R-rated movies.
I was in that cult when the 2000 Election occurred. They bussed all of us who were old enough to vote over to the polls. Though our leadership didn’t come out and tell us to vote for Bush, they made it clear that “God chose George W.”
Nobody can really understand what goes on in evangelical circles unless they’ve been a part of them. Even then, it takes time to process what’s going on.
I am increasingly reminded of my evangelical upbringing as well as my cult year now that Donald Trump has been in office for nearly one full term, and his evangelical base is working hard on his reelection.
It’s easy to laugh at Trump, but dangerous to underestimate the evangelicals who help put him into power.
Lately, a NowThis video has been making its rounds on social media, introducing the public to Trump’s spiritual advisor, Paula White.
I watched the video yesterday, and there wasn’t anything in it that surprised me because this is the exact environment in which I was raised. People may be surprised by Paula White’s bold claims, yet laugh them off as nothing to worry about.
Unfortunately, the evangelical right is dead serious about its claims that opposing Trump means opposing God.
The evangelical platform rests upon a few key issues.
The two biggest issues that evangelicals care about when it comes to politics are abortion and gay marriage. Lay people in…