This is a tough topic to comment on because the conversation could get too political.
Mahatma Gandhi wrote:I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
I think that during the most recent presidential election many people that don't have skin in the game (or they have lots and lots of skin in the other team playing the game) started to see things this way.
The article mentions this, and I'll state it a different way here.
From what I've observed people put politics before religion but they believe
that their religious beliefs steer all of their political choices.
During the most recent presidential election in the United States I saw people on both sides of the political coin diminish the sins of their candidate and magnify the sins of the opposing candidate. Pretty common, nothing to see here. But...
One side has been decrying the sins of the other as the reasons why the opposition can't be trusted in office and they've been doing it for decades. Now someone comes along who is flawed enough to where the flaws cannot be as easily hidden or ignored and the same side that cited the sins of the opposition as making someone unfit for the office were either rushing to excuse the behaviors of their candidate or they appeared to be completely oblivious to them.
That's a tough position to put people in when they recognize the flaws. Those kind of actions can be viewed as hypocritical.
I'll be honest. I really, really struggle with my evangelical friends and family. Some of the positions they take come across as showing a complete lack of compassion/empathy. The article talks about the ties between politics and religion, so sometimes it gets hard to not associate what I perceive to be a lack of compassion and empathy with their religion.