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Author: John Pavlovitz

Why MAGA’s view of patriotism on July 4th is like a Christmas pageant for White Nationalists

July 4th is a MAGA high holiday and Republicans know this. They know that in addition to marking the birth of our nation and the foundations of our Constitution – which clearly are of little interest to them – it is so much else: it is a valuable commodity, something to be packaged and sold for a hefty profit to their constituents. It is a quick and easy red, white, and blue daydream for people whose daily lives often feel empty and devoid of meaning: an inexpensive label to slap on their bumpers or their behinds in order to...

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The American Mythology: At the heart of our nation there is a lot less to like

I used to think I loved America. I used to fully believe in its greatness. Growing up, I bought into its songs and its anthems and its stirring mythology of liberty and opportunity, which I guess was understandable. For a suburban, cisgender, heterosexual male who identified as Christian, they were as true for me as for anyone. They were all I’d ever known. That version of America had always been available to me, even if it was out of reach for most people. But the more I had my eyes opened by travel and experience and curiosity and education,...

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Jesus doesn’t love me, this I know for the MAGA Christians tells me so

I used to think I was a Christian. I have been a pastor in the local church for twenty-five years, and a believer for most of my life. I have spent decades studying and teaching, working in the church, leading retreats and mission trips, caring for the needs of people, and working to emulate the Jesus I found in the Gospels. I have tried to perpetuate the compassion of his teachings, his heart for the poor, his love for the vulnerable, his ferocity in the face of injustice. I’ve been burdened to expand the table of hospitality and opportunity...

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Why Evangelicals seek to reclaim political power in 2022 to render every election null and void

I’ve been a pastor in the church for over two decades, much of that in predominantly white churches in the American South. I’ve spent countless hours in church staff meetings and men’s Bible studies and youth pastor conferences. I’ve stayed connected on social media with thousands of people still there in those churches. I read what they share and post and amplify and I know how they think and what they believe. I need you to understand something and I say it without any hyperbole: White Evangelicals need to be stopped, now. If the 2022 midterms elections allow Republicans...

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Very fine people on both sides: The fallacy of forging political bipartisanship with White Supremacy

For months I have been hearing about pursuing a bipartisan America; about this nation needing to forge a new spirit of political collaboration if we ever hope to bridge the massive divides here. I’m tired of hearing that. We all know how we got here. We have all lived through the past five years. We saw the “both sides” rhetoric in Charlottesville. We saw the George Floyd murder. We saw the violence against the BLM protests. We saw the support for Kyle Rittenhouse. We saw the conspiratorial pandemic denials. We saw the anti-mask defiance. We saw the legislative attacks...

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Another biblical irony: Evangelicals invented the “cancel culture” they claim to hate

Every day I see Christians lamenting the “Cancel Culture,” yet claiming whenever they face accountability for their words or their conduct or for the policies or politicians they support, that they are being systematically silenced. This is irony of biblical proportions. The Evangelical Church in America doesn’t hate cancel culture, it invented it. Ask LGBTQ human beings, who have been continually bullied into silence by pastors and youth leaders: who are berated and marginalized and excluded from spiritual community if they speak their truest truth or desire to marry the person they love or want to serve in ministry....

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