‘MAGA Churches’ Are An Insult to Christianity

Trump-allied pastors choose politics over faith

Manny Otiko

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Former President Donald Trump holding a bible upside down. (White House/Flickr)

I’ve written several articles about the crisis that occurred in Christianity when it hitched itself to former President Donald Trump.

There is a segment of the church that is allied with the far-right, white nationalist politics of the Trump Republican Party. In their eyes, God is a gun-toting white man who hates dark-skinned foreigners who don’t speak his native tongue, English.

However, these MAGA Christians seem to ignore Jesus Christ’s message of loving thy neighbor, caring for the poor and sick, and “beloved are the peacemakers.” This is a masculine form of Christianity, which focuses on xenophobia, gun worship and extolling the values of capitalism.

Politics and Church

Over the years, Christianity has adapted to the tastes of the region. But one problem with Christianity is it seems to be whatever the current practitioners want it to be. As I’ve said before, I don’t know what Christianity stands for anymore.

I guess it depends on who you are talking to and what part of the world they live in. For example, some American Christians take their guns to church, and many Christians in Africa practice polygamy.

There was a time when Christianity was used to justify slavery and white supremacy. Of course, those days are long gone. But it speaks to the problem of Christians adapting their message to fit current dictates.

And that’s why ‘MAGA Christianity’ faces a problem. A great example of this is seen in Global Vision Bible Church run by Greg Locke in Tennessee. I read Right Wing Watch, a website that monitors the far-right, so unfortunately I’m familiar with Locke’s antics which include blaming homosexuality, transgenderism and gender dysmorphia on demonic spirits.

Locke, who combines old-time tent revival theatrics with modern-day neo-fascism and conspiracy theories, was recently featured in…

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Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.