Not all evangelicals who voted for Trump are what I am describing as “court evangelicals.” I am going to use this phrase from now on to describe Trump’s inner circle of evangelicals who think it is a good idea for ministers to endorse candidates from the pulpit, have bowed a knee to the political power of the presidency, think Trump is a “baby Christian,” believe evangelicals have found their “dream president” in Trump, and regularly show up at the White House whenever Trump wants to say something about religion. The court evangelicals sacrifice their prophetic voice to political influence. The court evangelicals have put their faith in a political strongman who promises to alleviate their fears and protect them from the forces of secularization.
As I wrote earlier today, the backlash to Trump’s recent executive order on religious liberty was fierce. It fails to deliver on what Trump promised evangelicals on this front during the campaign. But you won’t hear the court evangelicals complain.
I described some of these court evangelicals the other day. The list includes: