Faith, Love and Trump (with Evan Chase)

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Evangelical conservative community organizer Evan Chase comes by to talk faith and politics, race, community service, his support for Trump and the power of love to change society.

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2 thoughts on “Faith, Love and Trump (with Evan Chase)”

  1. Carol O'Neill

    Hello, I became aware of Better Angels through a friend who had become a moderator, joined, and attended a Skills Workshop. I truly respect and admire the work that you are doing. I had difficulty listening to this podcast with Evan Chase. I feel that excuses are constantly being made for Trump. His words/insults/disrespect/bullying for everyone and anyone who do not agree with him, whether blue or red, citizen or not, male or female, whoever, have made him the polarizer-in-chief, the divider-in-chief, liar-in-chief, the whole reason organizations like yours have become necessary. Yes, partisanship, lying, corruption, sadly, are nothing new to politics. But those things have all been hugely magnified under his administration. A long-time family therapist has told me that neither she nor her colleagues have ever witnessed the degree of relationship issues brought about by this president. This says a lot. It’s not the differences in issues/policies that, although there are many, concern me the most. It’s character. Your organization, rightly so, often quotes Martin Luther King, Jr., and the importance of love. However, he of course also said (paraphrasing), “Judge not by the color of the skin, but by the content of the character”. Character is what is missing with this president; he should not be excused, but be held accountable. Thank you.

  2. Reese McKay

    Hello, I have been following some of the conversations at Better Angels for the past year or so. I do like the basic idea of Better Angels and believe you are providing a valuable service. I have to agree with Carol O’Neill though about this particular podcast with Evan Chase. It is certainly good that there are still Christians in America who have Christ-like attitudes and beliefs and actually live according to those beliefs and commandments of Christ. However, Donald Trump is a failure on the most basic levels of character and even the most minimal standards of human decency. You have said that there is a severe shortage of “Reds” (Republicans) in the membership of Better Angels, and you seem to be bending over backward to make the movement more attractive to Republicans. However, as Dr. King taught everyone, you have to stand up to bullies, you have to have the courage to call out evil for what it is. You can’t go and cozy up to people who are promoting white supremacy and violence against people of color and others who lack political and economic power and just say “let’s talk.” There has to be some willingness to at least call a truce in the warfare in order for “peace talks” to be of any use at all. It would be great to bring in the real spirit of love proclaimed by Jesus, and presumably his followers. But when such people instead are raining down hatred and denying the humanity of desperate people fleeing extreme violence and murder from countries whose governments the U.S. has promoted, supported, and even helped put into place — it is not possible to bridge such a divide. The U.S. government has long been supporting corrupt governments in Central America who do nothing for their people and blithely allow extortion and murder of their poor people to go on with barely lifting a finger to stop it. These corrupt governments may even find it convenient and profitable to allow the extortion and murder to continue. This is the kind of situation we should be angry about, and that we should be making an effort to do something about — rather than blaming and mistreating the poor desperate people who are fleeing such murderous situations.

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