I was sprinkled a Methodist, confirmed a First Congregational, dunked an evangelical, and spent years in between with the Presbyterians and non-denominational folks. My life-long Christian tradition provided encouragement, comfort, community and opportunities to serve others. For this, I’m grateful.
I have my own relationship with God and my faith is intact. No worries there. But I can no longer align myself with the American version of Christianity. I haven’t been to church since Trump won the electoral college vote last November. I felt like an alien worshipping next to people who promoted Trump as God’s answer for our country. Fast forward 10 months and the divide is even greater.
I am in no way condemning Christians who chose to remain in the American Christian Faith tradition. Nor, am I condemning pastors and others who have dedicated their lives to Christian service. There are churches and individual Christians who do not subscribe to these superior, nationalist beliefs. You do you, keep the faith and keep up the good works. Much good is accomplished.
I will continue to do the same in a community that doesn’t have national evangelical, baptist, and non-denominational leadership (you can google the list) unilaterally supporting a president who the antithesis of the Christ I know and love.
Wrestling with this has caused me to grieve and feel physically ill. I feel ripped-off. So why am I making this a public declaration? Isn’t religion a private thing? I’ll tell you why:
Trump’s administration and the American Christian leadership’s support of Trump have marginalized people who are dear to me. I want my friends who are transgender, gay, lesbian, disabled, Muslim, female, Mexican, veteran, immigrant (documented or not), Jewish, indigenous, African American, and liberal to know that you matter. I cannot belong to a faith community that believes American, white, straight, male, republican, christians are superior to the rest of the world and come “first.”
I’m not asking you to support my view of Trump and American Evangelical Christian leadership. It’s my assessment just as you have yours. Just know that I can no longer align myself with Americhristianity.
My faith is solid but I’ve lost my religion and faith community.
I’m Still Forgiven and Free