Latinos, Money, Faith… and Blindness

I know, I know. If you have read GetReligion for the past four-plus years, you know that we’re convinced that the rise of the Latino evangelical voter (often paired with traditional Catholic Latino voters) is an emerging story in American public life.

Part of this story is the rise of Pentecostalism in the Spanish-speaking world (classic Pew Research Center study here) and another part is linked to the defense of Latino family values (to use a loaded phrase).

There’s much more to this story than the role these voters played in Donald Trump’s surprising (to some) showings in some Florida and Texas zip codes. Click here (“New York Times listens to Latino evangelicals: ‘Politically homeless’ voters pushed toward Trump”) and then here (“Concerning Hispanic evangelicals, secret Trump voters and white evangelical women in Georgia”).

To be blunt about it, it appears that political-desk reporters are struggling with this issue, in part because it undercuts some themes in long-predicted demographic trends backing Democrats.

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I thought it was interesting that the Times team never paused to talk to Republican activists (most are Latinos) who are leading the efforts to encourage this trend. Would they agree that all of this is about money and success, alone? If you went to a massive Latino megachurch in Orlando or Houston, would people in those pews say that this trend was just about money, money, money and that’s that?

Why are Latinos veering into GOP? It’s all about money, money, money (and zero faith)
by Terry Mattingly

There’s no blindness like self-imposed blindness.

Just wait till the welfare-state goes bust. After the current Establishment is properly delegitimized, expect radical shifts in voting patterns.

It is important that Christians avoid the pleasures of self-imposed blindness, less we get right into the grave with the God-haters.

Learn the lesson the Secularists are teaching you, at their own cost.

We have a different calling than they do. So, we must see the entire world as it is – even the parts that we don’t like, or makes us look bad – understand our limitations, and that God will most certainly judge us for our own evils, before He deals with His more obvious public enemies.

Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk,  the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Luke 12: 41-48, English Standard Version
The bold is mine, obviously.

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