So, we hear that Donald Trump has taken to looking up at the sky and announcing that he is the “Chosen One.” This is not surprising when you consider that certain fundamentalist Christian leaders have been telling this to Trump and comparing him to Biblical figures such as King Cyrus, etc.
You may have heard of C Street or The Family, which operate out of D.C. for Fundamentalist’s interests. Two very interesting books have been written on this subject by Jeff Sharlet. Recently, Netflix released a short documentary series on this subject and it is alarmingly riveting. It reports The Family has reduced the Bible down to only the words of Jesus and states all you need is “Jesus Plus Nothing.” They are infatuated with the wealthy and powerful whom they believe have been chosen by God, as evidenced by their wealth. They state God cares more for them than the common sheep. They use national prayer breakfasts to advance their agendas with our politicians.
OK, a big time-out. This is all total baloney and the Jesus they speak of is some other Jesus, not the one most of us know. This raises the question of what are reasonable limits for religion to influence our democracy? This is extremely relevant because fundamentalist politicians report their highest allegiance is to their God, not our nation. In other words politicians say it is more important to do God’s work than to serve the voters. As such, they are advancing a religious agenda that most Americans do not want and it is a direct threat to our democracy.
The separation of church and state, while blurred at times, has been in place so that no one religion becomes dominant over others and so that we all can enjoy religious freedom. We know that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. This pertains to religion or anything else. Fundamentalism has gotten way too involved in American democracy and has overstepped the line between church and state. Fundamentalism has become corrupt. They have gone far beyond Jesus plus nothing.