Warnings from Other Evangelicals, Since the Election, about Supporting Mr. Trump
Mark Labberton in his book Still Evangelical?:
The ease with which some on the right could affirm an evangelical faith connected to campaign rhetoric that was racist, sexist, and nationalist was disorienting to an extreme. It left many evangelical people of color gasping in despair and disorientation that so many white brothers and sisters in Christ could vote for someone whose words and actions were so overtly inconsistent with their common faith in Christ.
Roger Olson, Professor of Christian Theology of Ethics at the Baylor University, in an open letter to evangelicals:
My fellow evangelicals who continue to support and even defend Trump in spite of everything he has said about the weak and vulnerable people of the world: It is time to admit you have been wrong and stop defending the indefensible.
Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, in Sojourners magazine:
The racism of Donald Trump is not just a sin; it is a political strategy. From the beginning of the Trump presidency and even in his candidacy, some of us have pointed to Trump’s direct and deliberate plans to fuel racial fear and hatred for his own political gain. And that is clearly now his plan for re-election: a strategy based on stoking racism, xenophobia, and white nationalism…If we hear silence from white people of faith, we are in deep spiritual trouble. Christian moral objection to the president’s racist language must grow every day and from many quarters, but so far, no word at all from the president’s most prominent evangelical supporters.
Alan Bean, executive director of Friends of Justice, in Baptist News Global:
As the impeachment process so clearly reveals, the GOP is now the party of Trump. But the power behind the throne is a band of aging white evangelicals, the most powerful people on earth, and therefore the most to be pitied. Like the biblical Samson, Trump will eventually bring the entire edifice of American conservatism crashing down around him. Some species of evangelical religion will ultimately rise from the rubble, but it will be greatly curtailed, politically irrelevant and, I pray, more recognizably Christian. Sometimes it takes a cataclysm to advance the cause of Christ.
Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence. The beauty of the gospel message — of love, of peace and of fraternity — has been murdered by the ambitions of Trumpish flimflammers who have sold their souls for expediency….I have always considered myself to be an evangelical, but I can no longer allow my name to be tarnished by that political party masquerading as Christian. Like many women and men of good will who still struggle to believe, but not in the evangelical political agenda, I too no longer want or wish to be associated with an ideology responsible for tearing humanity apart.