A Growing Evangelical Tide Against Trump?

Craig Huey2016 Presidential Election, Church, Religious Liberty3 Comments

A Growing Evangelical Tide Against Trump?

Donald Trump (Credit: Mark Goldberg)

It’s expected that 20-35% of Evangelicals are for Donald Trump.

On our Election Forum poll, the numbers are now reading:

Ted Cruz: 60%

Donald Trump: 12%

Marco Rubio: 8%

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Other (including candidates who have dropped out): 28%

Bernie Sanders: >1%
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Evangelical voters are split. In some states, a plurality has sided with Trump, even while a growing number of leaders in the Body of Christ oppose him. Nominal Christians are big supporters of Donald Trump, according to one poll, but more devout believers (based on weekly attendance and other factors) hold him in doubt.

Pastor and Biblical commentator Max Lucado offered a general demand of “Decency for President”. Lucado cannot understand how any man would publically slam, trash, and mock people, then call himself a “Bible-believing Christian.” Some of Trump’s notable insult targets include Jeb Bush: ““A total embarrassment to both himself and his family”; Rick Perry: “He should be forced to take an IQ test.”; and also Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”

“We can only hope and pray for a return to decency. Perhaps Mr. Trump will better manager his antics,” Lucado claims.

Most evangelical leaders are for Cruz, but not all (see this link for a list of endorsements by faith leaders)

A president should demonstrate strong and consistent character on issues that matter, as well as in his (or her) relationships with individuals and nations. Their political positions should not only be sound, but trustworthy.

The next President should embrace a Biblical worldview. Currently, Trump has a weak, nominal understanding of Christianity. Trump boasts: “Nobody reads the Bible more than me”, yet he cannot name his favorite verse. He also claims he has never asked God for forgiveness.

He has signaled support for his pro-abortion sister/federal judge. He supports federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood if it “stops” abortion. Yet two years ago, Donald Trump tweeted that abortion should be legal up to nine months into the pregnancy. He supports his very liberal, pro-abortion sister as a potential Supreme Court justice, too.

His strongman approach to leadership, especially the military, should raise major concerns. During a debate, he stated that the army should do whatever he asks, even if it means targeting innocent civilians in the Middle East, or family members of terrorists.

Donald Trump wants to incorporate the harsher British libel laws, which would make it much easier to prosecute the press for criticism of public figures. This is a scary thought, and a major violation of the First Amendment.

And what kind of example does he leave for our children? Moral leaders fear that he will hasten the United States’ moral decline if elected.

A momentum of “No Trump” Evangelicals is rising. Will it matter?

Here are some Christian criteria for choosing the next President:

  • Righteous in his walk before God and man: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29: 2)
  • Appointment of pro-life, conservative constitutionalists to the Supreme Court.
  • Full, consistent support for Israel
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood and ending all taxpayer funding for abortions
  • Dependent on God for guidance through prayer and Scripture
  • Frequently on their knees in prayer to God
  • Willing to listen to others for wise counsel
  • Moral and ethical leadership for the nation
  • Support for Christian liberty; opposition to all forms of coercion against one’s Christian beliefs.
  • Consistent ability to delegate power and authority to wise and faithful delegates: “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens” (See Exodus 18: 21)

Based on his prior record and current rhetoric, there remains plenty of doubt about Donald Trump in all of these categories.

What do you think? Email me at craig@electionforum.org

 

 

 

3 Comments on “A Growing Evangelical Tide Against Trump?”

  1. A CHRIST NOT WORTH REPRESENTING IN SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT

    LUKE: 12:57 –Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

    While I assume God finds some of Trump’s language offensive, those in Christian leadership technically judging Trump correctly, would better glorify the Lord if they would focus on remedying the ‘Christ-void’ they created in society and government. A ‘Christ-void’ Trump and his supporters are attempting to fill by opposing the ‘establishment fraternal-mafia’ having parasitically emaciated America over the past century. Trump only exists due to the post-1800s version of ‘works-deficient’ Christianity that finds Jesus worth reading and talking about, but not worth representing in society and government.

    Trumps attraction is that he is ‘anti-establishment.’ What is ‘the establishment’? A century long political-dialectic having both ‘establishment’ Democrats and ‘establishment’ GOP politicians functioning as ‘two opposing sides on the same coin.’ Functionally, the ‘establishment’ consists of: 1) democrat-socialists/global-engineers. 2) Constitutional-deconstructionist/global-engineers having increasingly infected the GOP like a cancer over the past century. 3) The main-stream media ‘social and political engineers’ including globalist Rupert Murdoch’s FOX News/ Business network — MANY OF WHOM CLAIM CHRISTIANITY.

    ‘Establishment’ politicians are the constitutional-deconstructionists and global-engineers who began transitioning the GOP in the early 1900s from being ‘the party of the Constitution,’ to ‘the anti-democrat party’ paralleling the Democrat Party at it continually veers-off toward socialism, fascism, and globalism at the expense of America. ‘Establishment’ democrat and GOP politicians tactically-label true constitutionalists as ‘isolationist,’ and ‘weak on national security,’ to demonize them precluding their election. ‘Establishment’ politicians also occasionally reference a ‘new world order’ under the pretense of national, regional, or global security.

    Had the occupants of all but a rare view of today’s pulpits in America occupied the pulpits in the 1600s-1900 time period, we would likely have remained under European tyranny and slavery may have remained legal.

    Consistent with this fact, the only reason Trump is a presidential candidate, is due to the increasing editing of Gods Word precluding the pulpits admonishing their flocks of their obligation to ensure truly godly men and women are elected. Trump also exists because of the minimization of versus like those in James Chapter-2. Like, “faith without works is dead, ” and “justified, not by faith only” — which warn Christians that, while ‘works’ do not purchase salvation, ‘works’ will necessarily flow out of faith that is true, as opposed to faith which is assumed which will not produce ‘works.’ Works including ensuring Christ is represented within the family, bringing Christ to a fallen world, aiding the needy to the exclusion of government doing so, and opposing evildoers.

    PSALMS 82:4 — DELIVER THE POOR AND THE NEEDY; DELIVER THEM FROM THE HAND OF THE WICKED. 78 million Catholics and 20 million evangelicals claiming Christ yet Trump appears to be the only candidate with the potential to deviate America from its trajectory towards national-suicide maintained over the past century by both ‘establishment’ democrats, and ‘establishment’ conservative-impostors infecting the GOP like a cancer. 98 million Americans claiming Christ, yet their church leadership could not admonish them to represent Christ enough to prevent 55 million unborn children being murdered, homosexual marriage legalized, anti-Christian worldview taught in schools, and the list goes on.

    The question for today’s Church leadership being: At what point does fixating upon teachings regarding ‘the end times,’ ‘the rapture,’ and ‘the the benefits of Christianity’ occur at the expense of our obligation to engage in ‘works’ glorifying God while evidencing faith is true and not assumed? How can you NOT apply the Word of God to our nation’s constitutional-republic form of government, which recognizes God given inalienable-rights and requires preservation?

    REVELATIONS 3:16 – SO THEN, BECAUSE YOU ARE LUKEWARM, AND NEITHER COLD NR HOT, I WILL VOMIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH.

    We Christians may want to consider repenting for our ‘works-phobic’ version of Christianity, then begin engaging in ‘works’ to the obedience and glorification of Christ by representing Christ in society and government. Otherwise, God will know us as the generation of Christians who sacrificed our own children and grandchildren at the alter of our luke-warm religion having found Christ worth reading and talking about, but not worth representing in society or government.

    Voting for ‘the lesser of two evils’ only works if it is a rare occurrence, and not part of a multi-decades long pattern as has been occurring within the GOP which continues to elect ‘establishment’ constitutional-deconstructionist and outright conservative-impostors — who have America testing the justice side of our God of love and justice.

    The vast majority of the churches in America today serve to effectively create ‘happy sheep on their way to slaughter with future generations in-tow’ – which is far more offensive to God then Trump’s offensive language.

  2. Why isn’t Israel on the list of important issues to vote on? I think it’s important because God says He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. Nothing else matters without God’s blessing in the equation. Just a thought, even thought other issues are really important too.

    1. Bullet point #3 : “Full, consistent support for Israel” So, yes, it’s noted as Christian criteria for considering next POTUS.

      Think before you speak; Read before you post : Fraternal Correction.

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