Trump and evangelicals are wrong about teaching the Bible in schools

What do you do when you’re Donald Trump and you just caved so BIGLY to Nancy Pelosi that even Ann Coulter — author of In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! — calls you “the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States?” You look for a way to appease your loyal but dwindling base of supporters.

Now, what do you do when you’re Donald Trump if, on top of caving to Pelosi, your job approval numbers have sunk so low that your presidency is drawing parallels to the SS Titanic? You also throw a bone to evangelicals and the Fellowship of Pharisees that lead them.

That’s exactly what the thrice-married, serial-philandering, pathologically lying Christian president who’s never asked God for forgiveness did yesterday, although, he didn’t really “do” anything.

In response to an effort being made by several states to allow optional classes teaching Bible literacy, Trump looked upon the thing he didn’t create and called it not just good, but “great!”

Besides being nothing more than an attempt to curry favor with evangelicals as his 2020 campaign gets off to a struggling start, Trump is simply wrong to conclude that teaching the Bible in public schools is anything positive.

I’m old enough to remember when prayer and Bible reading took place at the beginning of every school day, but it wasn’t done as a part of public-school curriculum. It was a practice to acknowledge and support the values most Americans lived by back then. Today, those values have clearly been replaced by those of a generation of Americans that “exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator” (Rom. 1:25).

Some would argue that this is why the Bible should be studied in school, but that would be like giving the right medicine to the wrong patient. America would be better served if the church returned to teaching the whole Bible instead of letting parts of the Bible be taught at government-run institutions by government employees. It is the church, after all, most responsible for America’s current state of decline.

If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree.

If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.

Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.

– Charles G. Finney 1792 – 1875

To understand what Finney meant by these words, we need look no further than the Fellowship of Pharisees and how they have traded the truth of the gospel for a seat at Trump’s table. We can also see his warning in the lukewarm church’s acceptance of things like abortion and the LGBT agenda.

Sadly, it appears we are living in the times spoken of in II Timothy 4:3. People no longer tolerate sound doctrine but instead follow teachers who tickle their ears as they pursue their selfish desires. No amount of state-sponsored Bible study will fix that, not even if it included Trump’s favorite verse, “TWO Corinthians 3:17.”



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