In Supporting Trump, Evangelicals Are Reaping What They’ve Sown

U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Jerry Falwell Jr. during a campaign event in Sioux City Iowa

Here is a taste of my latest column at Religion News Service:

(RNS) There are a lot of theories to explain why large swaths of evangelicals seem to like a narcissistic, vulgar, misogynistic, intolerant, and angry reality TV star who behaves like a school yard bully and has a temperament that is diametrically opposed to the meekness, humility and prudence necessary to lead the free world. I will not rehearse them here.

But as a historian it is also my job to take a longer view — to look deeper into the American evangelical past in search for answers. Is there something inherent within American evangelicalism, as it has developed over the decades, that has led so many born-again Christians to vote for Trump?

I think there is.

Read the entire piece here.

One thought on “In Supporting Trump, Evangelicals Are Reaping What They’ve Sown

  1. a narcissistic, vulgar, misogynistic, intolerant, and angry reality TV star who behaves like a school yard bully and has a temperament that is diametrically opposed to the meekness, humility and prudence necessary to lead the free world

    Tell us what you really think, John. 😉

    I cannot speak for the Trumpkins, because I ain’t one, but sociologically/historically speaking I’m not sure that the Anabaptistically-inclined Beatitudist appreciates the Calvinist streak in evangelicalism where the sentiment is not “turn the other cheek” [while they’re burning down your house], but that “Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”

    http://www.davekopel.com/Religion/Calvinism.htm

    As [perhaps half* of] Republican evangelicals watched the GOP do nothing to halt America from becoming a infanticidal socio-sexual basket case as well as an economic tyranny, they’ve had enough of nice polite Romneys falling to the other side’s demagoguery. They want a demagogue of their own:

    Find a dog who’ll eat a dog.

    King David was an adulterer and a murderer, after all, but he did the Lord’s work. It was Ted Cruz who noted we’re not electing a “pastor-in-chief.” For many evangelicals, this lesson has hit home.

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    *About 30% of evangelicals vote Democrat; Trump and Cruz fairly split the remainder.

    If Hillary is as bad as Trump–or worse, since she’s an explicit ally of abortion and “transexuality”–one can accept John Fea’s premise and conclude 2/3 of evangelicals are moral imbeciles. [Why is a different issue.]

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