I’m thinking seriously that my next book will be about what I’ve dubbed as “Trumpanity.”
Trumpanity is an American, bastardized version of traditional Christian discipleship in which followers will go to extreme lengths to defend that which cannot be defended or justified by a leader who doesn’t believe in humility, praying, repenting of sins, asking God for forgiveness, admitting mistakes, apologizing for any behavior or words no matter how much his behavior or words may hurt others, or living by the Golden Rule.
It has many of the marks of what the Christian martyr and Nazi resistance leader Dietrich Bonhoeffer described in his classic book The Cost of Discipleship as “cheap grace” (“the deadly enemy of our Church, the grace we bestow upon ourselves,” etc.)
It is always backed up by bad if not horrific theology, as when its apologists say David committed adultery and murder in one fell swoop and remained God’s chosen one. And never mind that David listened when the prophet Nathan called him to account and David made his wrenching repentance (see Psalm 51 here) and suffered enormous pain at the end of his life for his sins.
It is fast displacing traditional Christianity.
It’s the sort of twisted Christianity that surely causes Jesus the prophet to weep as he did over Jerusalem when followers disregarded his prophetic words.