This article originally appeared on January 14, 2021 at Baptist News Global.
White conservative evangelicalism had just survived its perceived nightmare of the Obama presidency. They were certain that contraception mandates, cake-baking mandates, transgender people being free to use the restroom for their gender identity, and ultimately the legalization of same-sex-marriage were threats to their religious freedom.
So on the evening of Donald Trump’s inaugural concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial, they found themselves experiencing a taste of their heaven as Toby Keith sang, “Take all the rope in Texas. Find a tall oak tree. Round up all of them bad boys. Hang them high in the street for all the people to see.”
Little did we know that within four years, a mob of white evangelical Trump supporters would storm the Capitol with weapons and build a gallows and a cross just outside while chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!”