Why I'm No Longer an EvangelicalNovember 10, 2016
Looking at the election results from Tuesday, I keep thinking about one statistic: 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. It's the most lopsided support that white evangelicals have given in a presidential campaign. Eight in ten voted for a thrice-married business mogul known for misogyny, racism, promotion of violence, greed, and bigotry.
I didn't support Hillary Clinton, but to see my fellow white evangelicals so heavily embrace a candidate who represents the antithesis of our espoused values greatly troubles me. The stain of the 81 percent will hurt the gospel witness of evangelicals for years. White evangelical support for Trump bothered me enough during the campaign that I wrote a book about the issues of faith and politics facing us during the 2016 campaign.
Vote Your Conscience: Party Must Not Trump Principles
As I feared, party does, indeed, trump principles. That book, which is free today and tomorrow, remains painfully relevant. We need to make sure we understand the values and goals of our president-elect, our biblical priorities and responsibilities, and how to live out our faith in politics. The election is over, but we must keep voting with our lives. When I voted Tuesday, I wore a reminder of how we must resist fear-mongering politics.
While most white evangelicals didn't vote for Trump because of his misogyny, racism, or bigotry, by voting for Trump they condoned those vices as insignificant. The challenge will be for white evangelicals - and other Christians who better resisted the temptation of Trump - to prophetically challenge President Trump when he tries to implement the immoral policies on which he campaigned. Having hopped in bed with him, I hope some will be able to find a way out of the royal chambers.