Choosing a leader based on a vision of national greatness is fraught with danger.
I worry when evangelical ministers like Paula White, Jerry Falwell Jr., and Robert Jeffress praise Trump as the most Christian president we’ve ever had.
The unlikely marriage between the thrice-married president and Christian conservatives has always been focused on Trump’s ability to re-shape the nation’s judicial branch.
I don’t know how to explain Trumpvangelicals apart from white Christianity’s long history of justifying and defending white supremacy. How else do you reconcile “America first” with “the last shall be first”?
Donald Trump did not create the crisis we now face, but his presidency is exposing the truth about who we are as evangelicals — not a movement divided between left and right, but a people of faith who must now choose between slaveholder religion and the Christianity of Christ.
In Lynchburg they aimed to fellowship, and to reaffirm their values — but also to serve as a thorn in the side of those who promote a conservative brand of their faith that has aligned itself with President Trump.