Why Christian support of Trump may lead to a lost generation
As someone who, for better or worse, identifies with the label ‘Christian’, one of the greatest causes of pain and anguish for me has been watching countless fellow carriers of that label turn a blind eye to so much about the character and policies of Donald Trump.
The New York Times had an article over the weekend on evangelicals and Donald Trump and this paragraph was painful to read:
White evangelicals, more than almost any other constituency, have repeatedly chosen to support Mr. Trump wholeheartedly to advance their cultural priorities, despite occasionally bristling at his character and approach to race, immigration and women.
What a tragedy, that people who carry the name of Christ, are merely — and only occasionally — ‘bristling at (Trumps) character and approach to race, immigration and women’.
The lack of willingness to call out Donald Trump, purely because of their ‘cultural priorities’, brings shame to the body of Christ.
If it was a Democrat in office, with the character of Donald Trump, these evangelicals would say that, regardless of policy, this person is unfit for office. And they’d be right. Anyone who talks unashamedly about ‘grabbing women by the pussy’, is not fit to be anywhere near the position of President of the United States.
Whether or not the policies would benefit us or not is irrelevant. Someone with character flaws like that, should be resisted by those who carry the name of Christ.
But these Trump supporting evangelicals, because of his promises to meet their cultural priorities, have bowed their knee to a false idol, turned a blind eye to evil, and mocked so much about what Christ himself stood for.
I fear the impact of this on the future of the church — particularly in, but not limited to America — could be devastating.
There will be many younger generations in particular who will forever turn their backs on the church that turned its own back on Christ in pursuit of political gain.
What a price we’ll have paid if we make a few political gains but lose a whole generation. Or, put another way, and to borrow from the words of Jesus himself, ‘What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?’