At an annual gathering of the Faith and Freedom Conference on June 8, 2017, in Washington, Trump supported the right of evangelicals to follow their faith stating,
“We will always support our evangelical community and defend your right and the right of all Americans to follow and live by the teachings of their faith.”
(CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE, JUNE 9, 2017 report of ASSOCIATED PRESS article by Darlene Superville)
Am I the only one? Is there anyone else in this world who is wondering how evangelicals can cozy up to a man such as Trump?
Unfortunately, when one thinks of Christianity, specifically evangelical Christians such as those Trump was addressing, we have preformed ideas of gracious, compassionate, loving individuals who name Jesus Christ as their lord and savior, the foundation of their faith and cornerstone of their lives.
“Trump won an overwhelming 80 % of the white evangelical vote in the November election. A recent Pew Research Center survey marking his first 100 days in office found three-fourths of white evangelicals approved of his performance as president. Thirty-nine percent of the general public held the same view.”
My friends, clue me in. What have I missed? What is their faith teaching them? For those of us following the Christian tradition, does our faith align with the life and teachings of Jesus or the person of Donald Trump? We can’t have it both ways.