how (not) to be evangelical this ash wednesday: Red Letter Christians

"For those of us who grew up Baptist in the Southeast, this disavowed dichotomy between our faith and our political life isn’t a recent aberration brought starkly into view by Donald Trump. Instead, it’s the manifestation of a longstanding unwillingness to unite these two parts of our souls out of both the practice of lets-all-get-along Caucasian Southern politeness, and the misguided application of the inherently Baptist belief in the separation of Church and State. Which is why, in times like these, Baptist pastors remain warmly vague and intentionally circumspect in their sermons, while fuming indignantly about their congregations’ politics behind closed doors."

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