When you hear a news reporter mention evangelical Christians what image comes to mind? A middle-aged white person wearing a MAGA hat, waving a Bible in one hand and brandishing a Trump flag in the other? The operative word being “white”, whether they’re suburban parishioners worshipping in a megachurch, or trailer park denizens attending a revival in a big tent, we think of evangelicals as white.
The white evangelical movement in America is a heretical strain of Protestant Christianity that has corrupted Christianity and infected the Republican Party. White Christian nationalists and other strains of the evangelical faith have taken control of the GOP, the Bible is their political platform and Donald Trump is their messiah. Their orange messiah has embraced their Gospel of xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia and misogyny.
The constant linking of Whiteness with evangelical Christianity, obscures the fact that there are millions of black, brown and Asian evangelicals in America.
Black evangelicals are as theologically conservative and socially conservative as their white counterparts, but black evangelicals aren’t enthralled with the sociopath and amoral Trump. They tend to vote Democratic, and they don’t believe in the heresy of Christian nationalism.
Sadly, homophobia is one sin that black evangelicals share with white evangelicals, hopefully they will come to despise homophobia as much as they despise racism.
Black, brown and Asian evangelicals, the vast majority of whom don’t share the far-right and extremist views of white evangelicals, need to reclaim the evangelical faith from heretical white evangelicals. They can start by being as vociferous preaching unity, love and the brotherhood of man as white evangelicals are in preaching racism and hatred.