Evangelical Trump supporters are not hypocrites
The reason that Evangelical Trump supporters are not hypocrites can be summarized easily. Trump behaves exactly like the God that Evangelicals have always worshipped.
Both of them are vain, selfish, narcissistic, vengeful and capricious. God even came up with a plan to teach mankind a lesson that involved impregnating another man’s wife. What could be more Trumpian than that? God also claims credit for every good thing that happens, and deflects all things bad, “mysterious ways” being God’s equivalent of “fake news”.
What Trump wants from his supporters is the same thing the God of Evangelicals expects from his. Obedience and unquestioning loyalty.
If Trump were to write a set of Ten Commandments they would probably be very similar to God’s top ten. Take the first four commandments for example –
God – I am the Lord thy God, Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
God – Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
God – Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. The Lord will not absolve anyone who takes His Name in vain.
God – Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord, your God commanded you.
The God of the Bible states clearly that the most important four, of the ten most important things anyone has ever heard, and will ever need to hear, meaning the four most important things for people to live their whole lives by, are all to do with praise, worship and loyalty. They are all about how great God is.
Would Trump have stopped at just four? Who knows?
God – Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord, your God is giving you.
There’s an implied threat in this one, just as there is with Trump needing to obey Putin if he wants his days of freedom to be long.
The God of the Bible does not include rape and slavery in his Ten Commandments, and it’s highly unlikely that Trump would either, given his behaviour, although the Commandments are rules that don’t apply to the person making the rule. “Thou shalt not kill” isn’t a seamless fit with the story of Noah’s Ark, for example, if it’s interpreted as “nobody should kill”, but what it actually says is “you shall not kill”. God will do whatever he pleases.
God – Thou shall not murder.
God – Thou shall not commit adultery.
God – Thou shall not steal.
God – Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
God – Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s house. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to him.
And there endeth the Commandments.
Evangelical Trump supporters are not hypocrites becauseTrump behaves exactly like the vain, selfish, narcissistic, vengeful, jealous and capricious God that Evangelicals have always worshipped.
Any person who can be conned into taking a knee for either one of these megalomaniacs can likely be conned into taking a knee for the other.
Evangelical Trump supporters are not hypocrites. Stupid? That’s another thing.