Monday, October 5, 2020

Why Evangelicals Support Trump


Dr. Wayne Grudem does an excellent job representing why many evangelical Christians gladly support - and with no conflict of conscience: 

"Over 80% of white evangelical voters supported Donald Trump not because they liked him as a person but because they favored most or all of these policies: 

- originalist judges, 

- pro-life policies, 

- a stronger military, 

- a free-market economic system, 

- lower taxes, 

- fewer government regulations, 

- strong support for Israel, 

- clearheaded recognition of the economic, military, and information threat of China

- a high value placed on human freedom, 

- personal accountability for committing crimes, 

- good jobs and school choice as the best way to help the poor, 

- a strong border wall and a secure border, followed by a comprehensive reform of our immigration system, 

- careful extraction and clean use of carbon-based fuels (coal, oil, natural gas), 

- freedom of conscience (government should not force Christians to use their artistic skills to convey a message of approval of same-sex marriage or to use their medical skills to perform an abortion, or to use their pharmacies as the distribution point for drugs that cause abortion), 

- racial inequalities in income and quality of education should primarily be solved by 

- greater availability of tax-supported school choice in low-income neighborhoods, 

- economic growth resulting in more and better jobs, and 

- an increase in safety through an increase in police presence in high crime neighborhoods  

-medical marijuana should be allowed (with a prescription from a doctor) but recreational marijuana should be prohibited, and 

- restrooms, locker rooms, and single-gender sports teams should be restricted to people of one biological sex or the other.

. . .

            It is not the fault of evangelical Christians that Republican party policies have increasingly favored policies consistent with Christian values, while Democratic Party policies have increasingly strayed from Christian values (this happened initially and most notably over the issue of abortion rights but then it spread to many other policies). Since that has happened, it seems to me that evangelicals face an easy choice of which party to support. (In fact, many of the policies favored in the 2016 Republican Party platform are the same as those advocated in my book, Politics According to the Bible.)

            Because of this wide gap between Republicans and Democrats on values and policies, I expect that President Trump will get an even higher percentage of the evangelical vote in this election. I have spoken with a number of people who did not vote for Trump in 2016 but who will vote for him in 2020. I have not met anyone who voted for him in 2016 but will not vote for him in 2020."

Read the entire article, Letter to an Anti-Trump Friend, here at TownHall.


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