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lees1975

(4,060 posts)
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 01:24 PM Apr 19

In taking down Trump, actor Alan Ritchson, a.k.a. "Jack Reacher," doesn't get why Christians support Trump at all.

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2024/04/i-dont-get-it-either.html

If you've never heard of Alan Ritchson, you're not alone. Ritchson is an actor who plays an ex-military police officer turned vigilante in an Amazon Prime series. That's not really my kind of entertainment, though I've seen advertising and video clips for the series. But I picked up really quickly on the article, linked above, in the Huff Post. It was who Ritchson is, and what he said that got my attention, mainly because he said what I've been saying for years now, and the reaction, predictable and typical of the kind of behavior exhibited by many American Christians who can't tolerate disagreement or dissent with their perspective.

Ritchson, a Christian, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, expressed confusion over Christians who support the former President.

"Christians today have become the most vitriolic tribe," said Ritchson in the interview. "It is so antithetical to what Jesus was calling us to be and to do."

If he'd made that statement from the pulpit of a church, and I was in the congregation, I'd have given him a hearty "AMEN!", applause, and a standing ovation. Contrary to popular perception, I think there would be quite a few other members of the congregation who would join in and support that position.

"Trump is a rapist and a con man," he said, "And yet the entire Christian church seems to treat him like he's their poster child and it's unreal. I don't understand it."

Neither do I.
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In taking down Trump, actor Alan Ritchson, a.k.a. "Jack Reacher," doesn't get why Christians support Trump at all. (Original Post) lees1975 Apr 19 OP
I'll spell it out for him... 50 Shades Of Blue Apr 19 #1
Spot on. They use the "King Cyrus" excuse. maxsolomon Apr 19 #12
They support him because he MontanaMama Apr 19 #2
They support tRUMP because they really aren't Christians. They call themselves that, just to 'feel' good about SWBTATTReg Apr 19 #3
From the Signal Press... lees1975 Apr 19 #7
The series is good. 3Hotdogs Apr 19 #4
what a great show ShepKat Apr 19 #5
I hated the second season, but he was made to play that role OnlinePoker Apr 19 #9
American Evangelicals keep jumping at the offer from Satan that Jesus rejected in the desert. Gore1FL Apr 19 #6
Love the Reacher series. Now I like the actor even more. OverBurn Apr 19 #8
I watched it and liked it even tho I didn't think I would at first. AnrothElf Apr 19 #10
This is the biggest mystery of our times. mwb970 Apr 19 #11
Psssst! Warpy Apr 19 #13
There are a few Christian media outlets who are calling this out. lees1975 Apr 19 #14

SWBTATTReg

(22,556 posts)
3. They support tRUMP because they really aren't Christians. They call themselves that, just to 'feel' good about
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 01:45 PM
Apr 19

themselves, but these people crow about how holy they are, how they feed the hungry, support the poor w/ their donations, etc., all of which, they don't. Otherwise, why are churches continuing to lose members?

Those that crow about their membership, about their contributions and such, are usually, in truth, NOT donating or doing anything other than kicking the poor off the sidewalks and such, calling the cops, etc.

lees1975

(4,060 posts)
7. From the Signal Press...
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 03:27 PM
Apr 19

There are Christians, even within the conservative, Evangelical community, who see all of this for what it is. Like Alan Ritchson, they are calling it out. They do not see how someone could be familiar with the Christian gospel, and the Bible, and not see the inconsistency of supporting someone who deliberately chooses to live and set his political agenda outside of the boundaries of acceptable practice when it comes to the Christian gospel. Growing up in church, taught in Sunday school, listening to the preaching, the contrast between the practice of the Christian gospel and support for Trump should be obvious and easy to discern. But when people make Christianity what they want it to be, rather than letting it be what it was intended to be, this is what happens.

OnlinePoker

(5,738 posts)
9. I hated the second season, but he was made to play that role
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 03:36 PM
Apr 19

He looks exactly like he should according to the books, unlike Tom Cruise who was nothing like him.

Gore1FL

(21,252 posts)
6. American Evangelicals keep jumping at the offer from Satan that Jesus rejected in the desert.
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 03:27 PM
Apr 19

Romans 8:31 give Christians to do whatever they perceive God to want.

Cults are dangerous things.

 

AnrothElf

(923 posts)
10. I watched it and liked it even tho I didn't think I would at first.
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 04:14 PM
Apr 19

Just looking at him, and the sorta premise of the show... I admit I pre-judged him, and the show.

Not that that tells anybody much of anything...

I have a very low bar for things I like.

mwb970

(11,417 posts)
11. This is the biggest mystery of our times.
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 04:18 PM
Apr 19

What on EARTH do these foolish, delusional "Christians" SEE in this sick, worthless, treasonous criminal? WHAT? As far as I can tell he has NO redeeming qualities at all. There is nothing good or decent about him. Yet these sick dopes worship him like he was Jesus come again.

I have wondered about this every day since TSF came down his damn golden escalator.

Warpy

(111,815 posts)
13. Psssst!
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 04:26 PM
Apr 19

500 years ago, men like Thomas More would have had them burned at the stake as heretics, usually after their bodies were broken by torture to get them to confess more than was actually true and usually involving some sort of demon in the flesh.

They're still heretics if you're coming from the traditionally Christian POV. I'm just surprised more leaders haven't been using Christian media to call them out.

lees1975

(4,060 posts)
14. There are a few Christian media outlets who are calling this out.
Fri Apr 19, 2024, 10:35 PM
Apr 19

Christianity Today, whose editor, Russell Moore, is the former executive director of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, from which he resigned because his never-trumper position was being attacked from within the denomination, endangering the continued existence of the commission.

Baptist News Global https://baptistnews.com/

Christian Democrats of America https://christiandemocratsofamerica.org/

John Pavlovitz https://johnpavlovitz.com/posts/



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