Patterico's Pontifications

10/25/2020

A Conservative Evangelical Explains Why He Rejects Trump

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:41 am



I wanted to highlight an opinion piece that appeared in the Houston Chronicle last month: When I look at Donald Trump, I do not see a Christian.

Polls show that 82 percent of white evangelical Protestants support President Donald Trump. As a white evangelical Christian who has read the Bible, I find this hard to understand. When I look at Donald Trump, I do not see a Christian. I do not see a conservative. And when I look at Trump from a Biblical perspective, I certainly don’t see the “chosen one.” I don’t think believers should have anything to do with Trump.

I am probably what you would call a conservative evangelical. I am not a theologian or an academic, but I have read the Bible cover to cover twice. I registered to vote when I turned 18 in 1977, and I’ve voted in every presidential election since then. I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. Politically, I’ve always considered myself a Republican. However, today’s Republican Partly is an embarrassment. This is not the party of Abraham Lincoln. This is not the sunny, optimistic party of Ronald Reagan. That changes in November. Given the mendacity and incompetence of Trump and his administration, I will have no trouble voting for Joe Biden in November.

The writer gives specific examples from the Bible:

In the third chapter of Colossians and the fifth chapter of Galatians, we are given a list of attributes of those living their Christian faith: compassion, kindness, humility and gentleness. I do not associate any of these words with Trump.

But in those same two chapters we are given a list of attributes of those who do not know Christ: anger, fits of rage, malice, slander, filthy language, sexual immorality, and envy. Trump checks most of these boxes.

It’s all worth reading. This is someone who actually takes the Bible seriously. You can tell by the content of the piece. But I know it especially because the author is the brother of my brother-in-law.

Nice job, Bob.

One Response to “A Conservative Evangelical Explains Why He Rejects Trump”

  1. And I hate to say this, but it is precisely because I know the author that I will not be allowing comments on this post. Bob’s piece is going to upset some people and they will be tempted to say things they should not. I’d rather not give them the chance.

    This is where we are.

    Patterico (115b1f)


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