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John Pavlovitz | "Make American Christians Good Again" - Rebuked

Make American Christians Good Again - Rebuked
Make American Christians Good Again - Rebuked

John Pavlovitz's article, boldly titled "Make American Christians Good Again," emerges as a piece of gaslighting rhetoric that warrants careful scrutiny.

Pavlovitz takes aim at the ardent support many "white Evangelicals" have shown towards former President Donald Trump and his vision of "national greatness."

John's imaginative depiction paints these Christians as promoters of hostility, lacking compassion, and architects of division—all supposedly under the sway of Donald Trump's actions.

What further compounds the insult is that this self-proclaimed pastor manipulates several passages from the Bible out of context, twisting them to suit his narrative, even though they counter his own party's lack of love for their neighbors.

Once again, John's article simply showcases his desire for a deconstructed version of Jesus. He strives diligently to invent such a version, only to then demand that authentic Christians bow to his distorted portrayal of Jesus.

This article serves not only to refute John's claims but also to expose the fact that the version of Jesus he presents falls short of being a true savior.

John's article kicks off as usual, crafting a premise that leans more towards imagination than reality.

He projects onto his opponents the tactics that his party habitually employs—forcing policies that are anti-human onto the broader societal landscape.

John's central argument revolves around the notion that Democrats exhibit a more neighborly love-oriented approach compared to Trump's "evangelical" supporters.

However, the core issue lies in Pavlovitz's own worldview and hypocrisy, which, upon closer examination, render him a hypocrite.

Pavlovitz's introductory rhetoric tries to set the stage by weaving together words that paint Conservative Christians as oblivious to the essence of Christianity.

He constructs a standard of "Good" based on the Democrat agenda and attempts to overlay this onto the understanding of what should be the focal point for Christians.

His approach begins as follows:

“In the rapid march towards national greatness, an unsettling accompaniment of hostility towards outsiders and a disturbing lack of decency and compassion for the vulnerable have emerged. This underscores an uncomfortable reality: Goodness wasn't part of the original plan, and its significance seems diminished now. Even more disheartening, many of Trump's Evangelical supporters enthusiastically endorse this bitterness and division, all while proclaiming allegiance to Christ. Their desire is to propel the world to greatness through force and coercion, while expecting Jesus to validate their actions.”

Pavlovitz's subsequent move is to substantiate his assertions through a selection of 12 Bible passages.

Interestingly, anyone familiar with John's work would recognize his atypical use of biblical references, a habit that makes sporadic appearances.

Furthermore, his chosen passages are often cherry-picked and wrested from their proper context. This pattern continues in his blog post.

The Bible verses he utilizes all revolve around a theme of charitable attributes, an angle that John feels aligns more readily with the Democratic narrative.

However, this approach falters when one delves into the actual Bible passages, considering the context in which they were written, and placing them side by side with John's worldview and beliefs.

Furthermore, John's interpretation of “Goodness” is not derived from the Bible but rather shaped by the dictates of Democrat policymakers who advocate for positions that run counter to many teachings of Jesus. From advocating for the termination of unborn children to endorsing same-sex perversions, these stances lack affirmation in Scripture. Yet, John's manipulation of words and his creative use of woke language permit him to distort and propagate his narrative.

This article is positioned to deconstruct his arguments effectively.

John links multiple passages to his talking points, hoping to transfer importance from the scripture provided to help him reconstruct a core reason for Christianity.

This reason is based on moral teaching and good works for man, and for his socially constructed society.

A society that doesn't care about God's holiness but only cares about man's goodness.

The verses that John uses to help him hijack the core purposes of Christianity to a Christianity of charities are as follows:

Matthew 19:29 - A summary of the verse. Jesus teaches about the rewards that await those who forsake family and possessions for His sake in the age to come.

Mark 9:34-36 - Illustrates Jesus' lesson to His disciples on humility using a child as an exemplar. He underscores that receiving a child in His name is akin to receiving Him.

John 15:12-14 - Asserts that Jesus instructs His disciples to love each other in the same way He loves them—culminating in the ultimate act of laying down one's life for friends.

Luke 9:24 - Jesus' teaching that one who loses their life for His sake will ultimately save it. This underscores the concept of self-sacrifice.

Luke 10:30-37 - The parable illustrates that true neighborliness involves extending care and love to those in need, regardless of differences.

Matthew 19:20-22 - A rich young man's inquiry about eternal life. Jesus instructs him to part with his riches, give to the needy, and follow Him. The young man's reluctance stems from his attachment to his wealth.

Luke 4:18 - Reinforces the depiction of Jesus' mission to deliver good news to the impoverished, freedom to captives, sight to the blind, and liberty to the oppressed.

Matthew 5:9 - Part of the Beatitudes, wherein Jesus blesses the peacemakers, affirming that they shall be deemed children of God.

John 13:12-16 - Jesus washing His disciples' feet—an illustration of humility and servant leadership. He encourages His followers to emulate His example of mutual service.

Matthew 5:39 - Part of the Sermon on the Mount, aligns with his theme. Jesus advises against retaliating against evil actions, promoting the principle of turning the other cheek.

Matthew 25:44-45 - A segment of the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, serves to emphasize the significance of aiding those in need, as this mirrors how individuals treat Christ Himself.

All of these passages are good, and they can be effective on their own. I use them all the time.

However, if you are using them like John has to imply that these are the core essences of Christianity, then you are in error.

As Jesus states in Matthew 22:29, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."

John doesn't know the power of God, and his fruit reveals this.

Connections and Themes: John's primary objective is evident—to correlate these passages with the theme of political charity and gospel.

A charity and gospel that look very similar to that of the Biden administration.

A charity that often requires the government to steal more of its people's money to be spent on things like unjust wars or to spend on climate change policies that will have no benefit whatsoever, as the god of climate is no more able to control weather patterns than Baal could.

A gospel that focuses on skin color instead of sin color, as outlined in John's emphasis on "White Evangelicals."

As if skin color means anything to a Christian. It doesn't! Jesus says in Matthew 23:25, "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence."

John's focus on charitable attributes, as a way to criticize Christians who preach the gospel of repentance and regeneration, is as much a false gospel as any other that places works above the glory of God. There is nothing good found in man, and one look around this world should reveal that (Romans 3).

True Christianity will always focus on the holiness of God and the wickedness of man. It will further proclaim that forgiveness of sins can only be achieved by turning to Christ and asking for forgiveness. Jesus' reason for coming can be summed up as such: Mark 2:17, "And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.'

The hypocrisy unveiled.

Despite John citing various passages that stress the importance of sacrificing oneself for a neighbor, his true intentions become clear—his actions reveal a disinterest in genuinely caring for his vulnerable neighbors.

His tweets and blog posts expose his hypocrisy; the very moment John opens his mouth to preach a message that aborting your child is God's gift to you, for he has given you "Free will," when he champions a woman's right to terminate her unwanted child. His purported concern for the poor and marginalized crumbles when confronted with his party's stance on disregarding unborn lives.

Jesus' emphasis on the value of children is apparent in one of the passage that John cites. Mark 9:34-37:

“But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

It's perplexing to welcome a child when one champions their destruction.

It's equally baffling to claim to "care for the poor" while advocating for the termination of the poorest and most defenseless individuals—the unborn.

As John's article progresses, as it always does, it seamlessly transitions into politics

Overemphasis on Political Alignments: Pavlovitz's article appears to disproportionately emphasize political affiliations, overshadowing the exploration of authentic biblical reasons behind Evangelicals' support for Trump. Additionally, it blurs the distinction between genuine Christians and those who simply profess Christianity. This narrative insinuates that supporting Trump equates to compromising Christian values, thereby failing to recognize the intricacies and individual motivations that underpin such support.

In Matthew 23:3, it states:

"So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach."

Lack of Nuance in Christian Beliefs: Pavlovitz's portrayal of Evangelical Christianity as misinformed, anti-science, MAGA-loving racists overlooks the core of Christianity, which emphasizes honouring God first and obeying Him - Not obeying leftest social constructs.

Through a renewed mind, Christians can discern how to vote correctly. John doesn't grasp this concept because he is not a born-again Christian (John 3).

Pavlovitz's version of Christianity rests on shifting sands, marked by a departure from orthodox teachings in favor of a left-leaning Marxist ideology.

His preoccupation with critiquing Christians seems more aligned with fervent atheism than sincere dialogue.

Proverbs 3:5-6 guides us:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

In conclusion, John Pavlovitz's attempt to castigate Evangelical Christians and undermine their beliefs through the lens of a distorted political narrative reveals a deeper ideological agenda rather than an earnest pursuit of truth.

His selective use of Scripture and misrepresentation of Christian values serve to advance his narrative, but they fall short when examined against the broader context of the Bible's teachings. As we navigate the complexities of faith and political engagement, it's crucial to discern between genuine dialogue and manipulation for political ends.

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