Yesterday I posted about MAGA prophet Lance Wallnau’s idea of evangelical Trumpists taking over their communities when they hear God say the word “diamond.” Today we have Floyd Brown encouraging local evangelical churches to take over their towns.
Brown says that Jack Hibbs, pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino-Hills, is a model for this kind of government take-over. I wonder what the pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders in Chino Hills think about such a claim.
Rob Vaughn says
We have challenges enough running our church, let alone trying to run our town. (Not to mention that I can’t think of a biblical mandate for the church to take over our town.)
I think Rob is right–that there is no biblical mandate whatever for the church to take over a town. The theological distortions which suggest otherwise obscure the gospel at best, and arguably deny or misrepresent it completely. That is the great tragedy of this political movement.
And, practically speaking…the only things I see on Twitter are the threads that John connects to in this blog. I’m sure there are Christians doing cool stuff out there even on that platform. But the posturing, the recriminations, the deep disagreements about mere politics blown to “gospel” proportions that are represented in that small slice of the online world (not to mention the vast conversational gulf between different sets of my Christian friends) suggest that getting the church to run our town will amount to different churches fighting each other for political power. The world, the flesh, and the devil rejoice in triumph; the gospel and the true kingdom lie hidden; our neighbors suffer…inoculated against the only thing that can heal their souls, whatever their political circumstances.