I made up a word today. Or at least I think I did. If someone said it first, I bow to them. Trumpvangelicals refers to those people who call themselves evangelical Christians yet support the non-Christlike words and actions of Donald Trump. It’s a word that is not associated with true Christians whatsoever.
The rise of Trumpvangelicals has caused me a great deal of pain. Why? Because these people are supposedly in the body of Christ, right? This is what the world is seeing and associating with people who follow after my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s not who we are, but that’s what gets the most attention. Let me break it down.
Parts of One Body
We read in Romans, ’for just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,’ and ‘so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.’ (Rom 12:4, 8 NIV) These passages tell us that the church is like our physical body. But if a part of our physical body is broken, or disfigured, it becomes how we’re known. For example, suppose I had a broken leg (I don’t, by the way) and I was in a crowded room with some people whom I don’t know. Someone asks “Who’s Nancy?”, and someone else replies “She’s the woman over there with the broken leg.” That would identify me to the stranger, correct? They would know I’m the one with a broken leg. But, that’s not all I am, is it? Just my leg is broken. My other leg and my arms work just fine. Not to mention all of the many facets of Nancy that aren’t quite as visible to strangers.
Nancy loves people so much her heart hurts sometimes. She would do absolutely anything for her family and friends. Nancy loves to read and she fancies herself a writer. She gets great joy from making things for those she loves. The woman with the broken leg cares deeply about all people. The most precious thing in life is her relationship with Jesus.
But she has a broken leg. She’s the woman over there with the broken leg. And that’s what the people in the room will know about her. She has a broken leg.
We can’t really judge whether these ‘Trumvangelicals’ are Christians or not. That’s between them and God. But they are the most noticeable thing in the church right now. They’re our broken leg.
Please don’t call me the woman with the broken leg. And please don’t refer to the church as ‘the ones who are hateful’. We aren’t all like that. Our other leg and arms work fine. As does our heart.