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I recently attended the Trump rally in Oklahoma City (my son even got close enough to exchange greetings with him!) and I can testify that The Donald has a remarkable ability to connect to ordinary Middle Americans. Many are evangelical Christians, and Trump has been ahead among them in recent polls [Donald Trump strikes a chord – with evangelicals, by Matt Viser, Boston Globe, September 15, 2015]. But, in another example of “leaders” turning on those they purport to lead, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s “Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,” tells us that “to back Mr. Trump, these [evangelical] voters must repudiate everything they believe.” [Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values? New York Times, September 17, 2015]
Is Moore saying that any Christian who supports Donald Trump is betraying his Christian faith? As an evangelical Christian, I say that’s outrageous.
Moore of course is a passionate Amnesty supporter. He’s also part of the Evangelical Immigration Table, a pro-Amnesty “evangelical organization” that receives funding from globalist atheist George Soros. And he chose to bash his fellow Christians not in Christianity Today or some other publication that evangelicals actually read, but in the New York Times. Plainly, he’s just virtue-signaling that he’s not like those retrograde, narrow-minded evangelicals in the pews.
Moore admits there shouldn’t be a “religious test” for office and notes that “my Baptist ancestors were willing to make alliances with the heretical Thomas Jefferson” over religious liberty. But he claims Trump is different because:
We should… ask about his personal character and fitness for office. His personal morality is clear, not because of tabloid exposés but because of his own boasts. His attitude toward women is that of a Bronze Age warlord. He tells us in one of his books that he revels in the fact that he gets to sleep with some of the “top women in the world.” He has divorced two wives (so far) for other women.
But evangelical Trump supporters don’t admire his lifestyle, but his plans for the country. In particular, they admire how he’s championed patriotic immigration reform in the face of a hostile media/political/financial class.
If I’m getting my car’s transmission fixed, I choose a competent non-Christian mechanic over an incompetent Christian not because I’ve “lost my values” but because my purpose is to get the transmission fixed.
We are electing a president, not a spiritual leader. (A good thing, considering what typical politicians are like!) Nothing in politics is certain, and we’ve got to hold everybody’s feet to the fire. But on the National Question, Trump appears to show genuine desire to secure the border, speak out on issues historically swept under the rug, and stand up for the historic American people and the American worker.
Moore says it’s bad to admire Trump for “telling it like it is”? Shouldn’t we “tell it like it is”? Perhaps Moore doesn’t want to hear the truth about the border.
After all, as an immigration patriot billionaire, Trump is going against his peer group. In contrast, Moore is siding with his fellow evangelical “leaders” in support of Amnesty—even though his parishioners don’t want it. It’s the same elite/grassroots divide we see so often.
World Magazine has been conducting an “evangelical insiders survey” which it frankly describes as “a snapshot of how a group of well-connected evangelicals are leaning in the 2016 election.”
The most recent winner: Marco Rubio, with Ted Cruz in second place and Carly Fiorina third. [Rubio, Fiorina, and Cruz up among evangelical insiders, J.C. Derrick, World, September 24th, 2015]
Yet have any of these candidates shown the explicit respect towards evangelicals that Trump has?
When Trump spoke at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Presidential Forum on September 19th he even brought his Bible. He opened his speech by holding it up and saying “Look, I brought my Bible. See, I’m better than you thought.” He went on to explain that the Bible had belonged to his devout Scottish mother, show his confirmation picture and to call himself a Christian.
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