Can Trump Evangelicals Be “Real” Christians?
According to this open letter from some clergy…probably not.
Now, I have some strong sympathies with how these folks feel about some of the policies and attitudes that have accompanied the Trump presidency.
I also have strong sympathies with what they identify as Christian virtues and ethics…and what they identify as anti-Christian ethics.
However, I think it’s a terrible question for a lot of reasons, but one that needs to be both asked and answered.
You see, I know a lot of folks that voted for Trump and still support him.
None of them are white supremacists, misogynists, racists, or any of all the other epithets that they’ve been charged with.
Many of them are business people who use their profits to help support ministries like mine…and who feel as if they’ve been strangled by layers of unnecessary regulations.
Many of them are middle class working folks who have been crushed by over taxation and bureaucracy.
Many more are folks who just feel like the culture is rapidly swirling the drain and they will do anything to conserve some traditional values…even while recognizing that the man they voted for only represents them politically not personally.
They weren’t given compelling alternatives.
In other words, they are living out their faith even though they understand that the man they voted for is deeply flawed.
My concern is that this group has been reviled into silence and I don’t believe in silencing anyone…especially fellow believers.
I want to debate issues looking for mutually acceptable answers…not demonize my brethren.
I want to seek to understand them, and in turn, be understood by them.
I disagree viscerally with much that has to do with Trump…but I refuse to allow it to divide me from folks who would still fellowship with me despite our differences.
How to we build a bridge based on mutual faith when the differences are so profound?
It begins with trying…