Can Christians Pull the Lever for Trump?
According to a feature story in Monday’s edition of The Washington Post, conservative Christians are struggling to get behind the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. In a story that has less to do with facts and more to do with a pre-chosen narrative, the Post makes the case that Christians – particularly born-again evangelicals – are worried that they have no voice in national politics.
In Lincoln, Nebraska, Pastor Gary Fuller of the Gentle Shepherd Baptist Church told the paper: “In a sense, we feel abandoned by our party. There’s nobody left.”
The paper goes on to list the many things that Christians don’t like about Trump: His record of infidelity and divorce, his hardline stance on illegal immigration, his support of Planned Parenthood, and his apathy towards the transgender bathroom debate being among them. Some evangelicals are also repulsed by the billionaire’s brash behavior, which they see as a sign of poor character.
From the story:
Heather Dreesman said she is diametrically opposed to Trump on a long list of issues, including transgender bathrooms and his tax and immigration policies, and believes he will not protect religious freedom. She finds Trump crass, vulgar and a misogynist.
“As a conscientious believer, I just can’t vote for someone who supports some of his philosophies,” she said. “I think he doesn’t know what it means to be a Christian.”
Who is Heather Dreesman that she gets to be quoted in a front-page WaPo story? No one. Just some random Nebraska resident that the paper interviewed. But since she furthered the narrative, she was granted the privilege of speaking for the author, who of course must remain “objective” and “unbiased.”
Too cynical? Perhaps. There are undoubtedly millions of conservative Christians who will have to search their hearts this November. For many of them, it will come down to a simple choice: Bite the bullet and vote for a candidate they don’t like…or give up and vote for a candidate they despise. Hopefully, when push comes to shove, these Christians – like other anti-Trump Republicans – will realize that it’s better to choose the lesser of two evils.
Besides, what exactly has the Republican Party done to protect conservative social values for the last eight years? They’ve talked a lot about defunding Planned Parenthood, but it hasn’t happened. They’ve talked a lot about opposing the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, but they haven’t done anything about it. On issues like vile media content, the teaching of intelligent design, and early-childhood sex education, they don’t even bother to speak out anymore.
Trump may not be a Christian’s first choice, but let’s not exaggerate the extent to which he differs from mainstream Republican politicians. Let’s not confuse pandering with reality. The only thing that really matters is that we elect a president who will nominate conservatives to the Supreme Court. If you’re uncertain that Trump would follow through with that, you have a right to your concerns. But you should harbor no such uncertainty when it comes to his opponent.