If somebody asked me to describe white evangelicals with one word, I wouldn’t choose, pious, spiritual, kind, compassionate, friendly or any other word that could be used to describe the founder of their religion, Jesus Christ.
I could choose many of the adjectives used to describe their new Orange Messiah, Donald Trump: vindictive, cruel, arrogant, petty, malicious and hateful. But the word that stands out is mean, they are just mean to the core.
Their favorite ministers don’t preach the values of the New Testament, a humility, love and compassion that’s made manifest by ministering to the poor, friendless and outcasts of society. They prefer to listen to flat out assholes like Greg Locke who thunder homophobia, misogyny and xenophobia from the pulpit.
White evangelicals had a mean streak well before Trump entered politics, but now that he is the de facto leader of their religion it’s bubbled to the surface.
The meanness of evangelicals is evidenced by their hatred of immigrants, demonizing of gays and lesbians, and lack of concern for their neighbors reflected by their refusal to get vaccinated.
Their meanness also comes across in every day interactions with them, if your hairstyle, tattoos, dress or vernacular leads them to conclude that you don’t belong to their tribe, they give you a wide berth.
White evangelicals will be mean to the die they die, because they won’t be happy until turn our democracy into a White Christian Nationalist regime, led by their god, Donald Trump. That’s never going to happen.