The Church in America has historically been known as standing for Moral Values. In fact Jerry Falwell, founding president of Liberty University and the father to the current university president was known for the movement he called, ‘the moral majority’. Yet in the case of Trump, Farwell, Pat Robertson and many evangelical leaders redefined Morality to exclude perversion of their historical stand on one-man one wife!
The Evangelical movement arose from the fundamentalist movement of the 1940s. Those who redefined fundamentalism and became the fathers of modern day Evangelicalism include, but not limited to, Carl F.H. Henry (founding editor of Christianity today), Billy Graham (the renown world Evangelist) Ronald T. Michen (The intellectual New Testament Greek Scholar) Charles E. Fuller (the Founding president of Fuller theological Seminary) and Kenneth Kantzer (Former Dean: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) . These men and others defined what we call evangelicalism.
Within their definition Billy Graham proclaimed the salvation absolutes of the Biblical Message: That the Bible is the inerrant word of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. That the written word represent the true reflection of the message wanted to communicate to the human race. That Christ is the son of this God and his life death and resurrection represent the culmination of God’s saving love for man. Carl F. H. Henry presented within Christianity Today magazine and his six Volume, ‘God Revelation and Authority’ the case for Christianity as intellectually relevant within all human disciplines: That God is not static but personal and not only does He care, hear, speak, love, but also set the limit to all things including evil!
Michen and Kantzer sought to make Christianity relevant within education. It is here that we see the blooming of Christian Liberal arts Colleges like Wheaton College, Trinity College, Bethel, and many others including the largest Christian University, Liberty university, and Pat Robertson’s Regent University. These schools were encouraged to present students with all secular disciplines like the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics) and humanities (history, philosophy, geography, linguistics) but within an environment of Christianity. The young Christians coming from American heartland and secular high schools would get an authentic education without succumbing to what Carl F. H. Henry called Secular Humanism of the secular education institutions.
One of the key stands within the evangelical movement is its emphasis on keeping the Divine principle of human re-creation. The movements held to the idea that God gave man the authority to procreate and subdue the earth. That this authority rested within a restrictive relationship called marriage between Adam and Eve (One man One woman). The emphasis on family include the stand against Abortion (life is Sacred) Gay Marriage (the divine principle is man and woman) pornography and any other human practice that goes against the righteousness of God.
It is these historical principles that are perceived by many to have been ignored given that 80% of the evangelicals voted for Donald Trump more than those who voted for Gorge W. Bush or Even Mitt Romney. But to restrict the Evangelicals to this box fails to understand what was driving the Trump Movement. American Evangelicals are people of history. They believe that America was founded on what we call Judeo-Christian tradition: that which is America has the DNA of God’s Revelation and Authority in the Bible.
Therefore, any and all other religions, though allowed within the constitution to function, cannot be allowed to have the same prominence as the Judeo- Christian tradition within culture. That the definition of all life and its expressions through politics, economics, social and education, must find their foundation in, “in the beginning God… and God made man in his own image… male and female… and God said be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth.” Genesis 1,2. This means even though the constitution is secular, its implementation must submit to this Genesis narrative.
The American Evangelicals believe that President Barack Obama lied to them when he declared himself a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. They argue that his actions within the above disciplines showed him to be sympathetic to a philosophy that was outside Judeo-Christian foundation. Having Hillary Clinton succeed him would mean acontinuation of the erosion of this important historical Principle.
And that is what IS
Teddy Njoroge Kamau (PhD)
CEO Bibilia Broadcasting Network BBN TV Kenya
Diaspora Messenger Senior columnist