North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz is no stranger to controversy.
Pavlovitz, who lives in Wake Forest, has a blog “Stuff that needs to be said” where he covers a myriad of topics and has garnered criticism for his politics and preaching.
He’s at it again and his sights are set on President Donald Trump.
“The GOP is not a pro-life, Christian party” and “If I Have LGBTQ Children (Four Promises From a Christian Pastor/Parent)” and “Non-Republican Christians exist. I am one” are just a few of the titles of Pavlovitz’ pieces that have gone viral.
While Pavlovitz makes no secret of his politics or his feelings toward the president, this particular piece drew attention when it was published in February and was making the rounds on social media again last week.
“It’s time we stopped calling Donald Trump a Christian” is the title of the Feb. 2 piece in which Pavlovitz argues that Trump’s life shows contempt toward the life that Jesus lived and taught: “humility, generosity, respect, empathy, kindness, peace,” Pavlovitz writes.
“Sure, he was on his third marriage and was heard on video boasting of his infidelity to his current wife. Yes, he said he could grab a woman by the genitalia. Yes, he advocated that protesters at his rallies be ‘roughed up.’ Sure, he made fun of a disabled man. Certainly, he talked about walling off Mexicans and banning Muslims and taking away healthcare. But Donnie loved Jesus now — so all should be well with our souls.”
Pavlovitz called it “ludicrous” that Donald Trump “was now a Christian,” and “that he’d miraculously “found Jesus” right at the time he needed to pull in millions of Evangelical voters.”
Pavlovitz asserted that high-profile evangelists steered their “rightly alarmed flocks” toward Trump by arguing he “was changed man, a ‘baby Christian’ who’d now seen the light and was making his way down the narrow road of faith to lead us all to the Promised Land (where curiously America was first and everyone was white.)”