For years, abusive churches and ministers, regardless of shade, have managed to avoid or delay their day of reckoning by warning their flocks against speaking out. Their explanation? God himself will judge you, and quickly, if you dare to speak out against his “anointed ones.” When you have to live in fear that God himself will smite you on the spot, it’s usually enough to keep people silent.
Well, one of the most diehard members of Donald Trump’s evangelical army has resorted to using this tried-and-true spiritual kick in the groin to silence those who dare call him out. He warned his critics that you’d better watch what you say about him, because it could literally get them killed.
Mark Taylor, a retired firefighter from Orlando, has been one of the darlings of the religious right since revealing that God had told him back in 2011 that Trump would become president. But if you actually take the time to read this “prophecy,” you would see that Taylor claimed God told him Trump would unseat Barack Obama in 2012. As we know, that didn’t happen. Indeed, barely a week after Taylor received this “word,” Trump ruled out a 2012 bid.
By definition, that makes Taylor a false prophet two times over. But someone must have forgotten to tell the legion of fundies who have made Trump an orange calf. Taylor has become one of the heroes of this element, and is on the front lines in its campaign to bully the nation into bowing down to Trump. For instance, he claims that those who speak out against Trump are speaking against one of God’s prophets. So does that mean that God may be about to smite the House Democrats for actually doing their jobs?
Taylor has used his fame–or more accurately, infamy–to spew “words from the Lord” that, to the rest of us, are nothing more than conspiracy theory of the looniest type. For example, he would have you believe that Christians who oppose Trump are only doing so because their worship bands are tuning their instruments to the devil’s frequency.
But Taylor doesn’t want you to call him out on this lunacy. That’s about the only thing you can take away from a chat he had on Saturday with fellow Christianist podcaster Josh Peck, better known as the “Daily Renegade.” Taylor used this discussion to issue what amounted to a fatwa to his critics. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Taylor warned those who criticize him and other Trump-worshiping fundies that they’d best watch what they say. After all, if they aren’t careful, God will smite them faster than they can turn around.
And I tell these keyboard commandos that before you hit that enter button and you attack someone, you better make darn sure they’re not God’s anointed, because God is very serious, because now when you hit that enter button, it’s going worldwide for people to see, Josh. And people don’t understand the implications of that. You are literally taking your life into your own hands right now because judgment is here. It’s not coming, it’s here on the earth right now. And God’s not putting up with it. So before you go calling someone false, you better make sure that you have got all your facts and your ducks in a row.
So let’s see if we’ve got this right. When you claim that someone is going to win the presidency in 2012 and it doesn’t happen, calling that out could take our lives in our hands? Gee, I thought that God didn’t think too highly of false prophets and false teachers. In 2 Peter 2, God warned that those who peddle such drivel have their condemnation “long hanging over them.” But then again, Taylor is a conspiracy peddler cosplaying a man of God, so he wouldn’t know discernment if it hit him over the head.
For the better part of three years, the religious right has warned us that God will smite us for daring to oppose Trump, since it’s tantamount to opposing God. How in the world can anyone believe God is using a guy who plasters a private cell phone number on social media, mocks the disabled, revels in degrading women, and thinks critical coverage is fake news?
Well, now we have our answer. If you listen to a guy who wraps conspiracy theory in the cross, it’s not too big of a leap to believe a man as depraved as Trump is “anointed.”
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