Has Evangelical Christianity Become Sociopathic?

Has Evangelical Christianity Become Sociopathic?:

Evangelical Christianity began infiltrating politics, officially in the
late 1970s, there has been a disturbing trend to limit or remove rights
from those who don’t meet the conservative idea of an American.

Many of
these initiatives come in the form of “religious freedom” laws, which
empower discrimination, while other legislation targets immigrants who
believe differently.

The result has been a sharp division in American
culture, and the redefinition of Christian theology. Evangelical speaker, author, and university professor, Tony Campolo, said
Christianity was redefined in the mid-70s by positions of “pro-life”
and opposing gay marriage. “Suddenly theology fell to the background,”
he said.

Psychology Today
listed sixteen characteristics of sociopathic behaviors*, which include:
Untruthfulness and insincerity, superficial charm and good
intelligence, lack of remorse or shame, poor judgment and failure to
learn by experience, pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love,
unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations, specific loss of
insight, and general poverty in major affective reactions (in other
words, appropriate emotional responses).

We see examples of these kinds of behaviors in church leaders and followers.

Franklin Graham, for example, stated that immigration was “not a Bible issue.” His stand fits well with his conservative politics and vocal support of Donald Trump,
but his callousness toward immigrants and those seeking asylum in the
United States goes against everything he says he believes (Lev.
19:33-34, Mark 12:30-31). Yet, Graham doesn’t see one bit of irony
between his political stance and his religious belief. Nor does he seem
to notice the horrific casualties in war-torn countries these immigrants
are desperately trying to flee.

Pastor Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento said
after the Orlando, Florida terrorist attack on a gay nightclub, “The
tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is — I’m kind of
upset that he didn’t finish the job!” This “minister of God” showed no
compassion for the families of the men and women who died. He appeared
incapable of laying aside his religious beliefs for even a moment of
shared human connection to a tragic event.

And recently, Kim Higginbotham, a minister’s wife and teacher with a master’s degree in special education, according to her website, wrote a public blog called “Giving Your Child to the Devil.”
She claimed, “Being a disciple of Jesus demands our relationship to him
be greater than our relationship to our own family, even our own
children.” She listed Matthew 10:37 as justification, which says,
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of
me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of

a self-righteous, self-aggrandizing, martyr’s rant, she claims her son
turned his back on God, and she was left with no other option but to
abandon him. It turns out her son is gay and – it turns out – the day
the diatribe was posted was his wedding day. Sharon Hambrick, a
Christian writer, posted a wonderful response to this mom.

mostly, rather than calling these people out for sociopathic behavior
fellow Christians agree. Many of the comments on Higginbotham’s website
say, “So sorry for your loss,” or, “Praying for you and your son.”

common for us to avoid cognitive dissonance, when our beliefs dictate
one thing, but our experiences show us something else is true. We call
this living in denial, and we all do it on one level or another. But
when we choose our “truth” while coldly watching a fellow human being
suffer, we’ve crossed a line of mental health.

2016 election demonstrated an especially high level of insincerity,
shamelessness, poor judgment and pathological egocentricity among
Christian evangelicals. James Dobson, who once said
of Bill Clinton, “Character does matter. You can’t run a family, let
alone a country without it. How foolish to believe that a person who
lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the
world,” and then said
of Donald Trump, “I’m not under any illusions that he is an outstanding
moral example. “It’s a cliché but true: We are electing a
commander-in-chief, not a theologian-in-chief.”

evangelical Christian message is loud and clear. They care for no one
but themselves. Their devotion is to the version of Christianity they
have created, which calls for ruthless abandonment of immigrants, women,
children – even their own – and anyone else who doesn’t fall inline
with their message. Social justice, which is mentioned in Bible verses
over two thousand times, has been replaced with hardline political
ideology. Principle over people. Indifference over involvement. Judgment
over generosity.

generation redefines what it means to be, or belong to a religious
group. Religious ideologies, interpretations, and doctrines are fluid.
But whatever it is, or whatever it becomes, is made by the people who
belong to the religion and what they collectively decide to make it. “


16 key behavioral characteristics that define sociopaths/psychopaths and others with antisocial disorders…

  • Superficial charm and good intelligence
  • Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
  • Absence of nervousness or neurotic manifestations
  • Unreliability
  • Untruthfulness and insincerity
  • Lack of remorse and shame
  • Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
  • Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
  • Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
  • General poverty in major affective reactions
  • Specific loss of insight
  • Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
  • Fantastic and uninviting behavior with alcohol and sometimes without
  • Suicide threats rarely carried out
  • Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
  • Failure to follow any life plan