Many of us shake our heads at the support of Donald Trump by some religious leaders. One way of looking at this is to recognize what used to be religion left the room. Most of Christianity has been about, to one degree or another, piety. It was testifying as to one’s faith and living in ways prescribed by the faith. It has morphed into something else.
With the endorsement of Trump and Moore, we see former standards ignored. Piety has been forgotten and perhaps it is now claimed no one ever cared about it anyway. The preoccupations of those who formerly said it was all about faith now say it is about the perceived threat from LGBT people, Muslims and Mexicans.
It is about nationalistic politics and patriotism, or at least one version of patriotism. Patriotism no longer includes military service. Patriotism is using privilege to avoid military service. The current version of patriotism is banning Muslims and building a wall to keep out brown people. Piety, is not important.
White males have always been in the high positions of privilege. We have been Presidents, corporate kings and heads of our households. Now women are the main sources of income in a large percentage of households. This spreads alarm and anger.
Lower middle class white people were the big demographic for President Trump’s victory. It is also a demographic which identifies as Christian but is experiencing the largest fall in participation of adults in church.
Its “church” has become identity politics.