Among the many “head scratchers” that have accompanied the new world order is the one that asks how proclaimed Christians could support a man like Donald Trump who presents so many obstacles to pure Christianity.

The fallacy of American Christianity is that being patriotic or nationalistic has anything to do with worshipping God. Leaders have been very sneaky in the inundation of “God” with politics so that some people have, over time, come to confuse the two and worship them interchangeably. I have been to churches with an American flag by the pulpit and I know, even now, a Christian is reading this in horror because someone would dare attack patriotism at church. However, this could be seen as basic brainwashing. People hear a Christian sermon while staring at an American flag for an hour. The simple answer to how Christians could trivialize Christianity for the sake of politics is that they have adopted a false religion that is imbued with American idolatry and is reflected in a “divine” patriotism and nationalism.

The fact is that a true Christian would have trouble voting for any party. Trump, however, lifted the veil clean off the hypocrisy of evangelical Republican voters. Where previous politicians and strategists worked hard to hide moral imperfections, Trump tested the strength of the brainwashing. Could a conservative Christian still support a man who unapologetically brags about sexually molesting women, encourages violence, and makes racist comments? Today, we all know the answer. The fact that Christian leaders like Franklin Graham continue to support the president reveals the false religion being paraded as Christianity.

It was on display when Mike Pence took a “Christian Rabbi” to Pittsburgh to pray for the 11 people who were murdered in an anti-Semitic act of terrorism. The man prayed that Republicans win the midterm elections, a result which would’ve included a victory for Matt Shea, a Washington state lawmaker who penned the “Biblical Basis for War,” which says that any men who don’t surrender to conservative ideals of being pro-life, anti-gay, anti-communist, and anti-idolatry should be killed.

The irony here is that this is idolatry in and of itself.

We’ve come to the point where too many Christians worship Republicanism and Nationalism instead of God. This allows them to latch on to conspiracy theories surrounding the migrant caravan, for example, while Biblically, Christians should have compassion for immigrants. However, many feel justified in turning their backs in disgust on the mob that they were called to love. Even if these crazy theories were true, Christian ideals are not conditional, even if the country’s safety were actually at stake.

Now, here comes the part where I would be flogged in the courtyard: This is why voting should be such a predicament for Christians. While our president has made it clear that voting Republican means supporting philosophies that are grossly un-Christian, this is a truth for every party. Republicans and Democrats present ideals that should be appealing to Christians. Republicans are pro-life. That’s an easy box to check for most Christians. Democrats are equally supportive of feeding the poor, welcoming migrants, and treating all people equally. However, both parties also present very un-Christian philosophies. While the average person has the freedom to compromise to be a “good citizen” and participate in democracy, Christianity does not allow for a subjective approach to morals, nor does it enjoy the freedom of sacrificing certain ideals in order to preserve others.

But today, Christians have carte blanche to vote for bigots because the community has been seen to worship red, white, and blue idols. Consequently, they are largely resigned to be political chess pieces instead of the hands and feet of God. Christians are bound to very simple laws: love God, love others, and spread the word of the resurrection. That’s it. So how can a Christian justify taking food from the hungry, turning away migrants, or death for being communist?

Some worship America. What about the others?

Let me put it this way. Shortly after the presidential election, I had a conversation with a fellow Christian who voted for Trump. After dissolving the propaganda and Fox News bullet points they used to feel OK about their vote, all that was left was the argument that they chose “the lesser of two evils.” My response: The lesser of two evils is still evil. What would Jesus do?

Ali was born in Greenville, S.C. but grew up in High Point, N.C. where he studied English/Writing at High Point University. He has called Charleston home since 2006 and wants to believe Bigfoot is real.