In response to the less than kind woman who informed me that Donald Trump is God’s response to Barack Obama, I sat down and wrote what was bothering me about her words (and not just that they were tirelessly dumb).

The failure of Christians to critically evaluate the claims from pulpits has led to a FoxNews-like milieu in which the warrantless assertions from pulpits become axioms to be repeated. The Bible is strictly symbolic, a muted god in the background that provides a veneer of credibility but no substance. Authority is the only authority that now matters.