“When you Google evangelicals, you get Trump.”
This is what Doug Birdsall, the honorary chair of the evangelical Lausanne Movement, recently told Washington Post reported Sarah Pulliam Bailey. (Birdsall also had a very brief stint as CEO of the American Bible Society. I chronicled it here).
Is Birsdall correct? Yes. Earlier today I typed the word “evangelicals” into Google and these were some of the top hits:
A group of evangelical anti-Trumpers is planning to meet at Wheaton College next week to address this issue. Maybe I should get Eerdmans to send all of them an Advanced Readers Copy of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. 🙂
Here is a taste of Pulliam-Bailey’s piece:
About 50 top leaders of major evangelical institutions will attend an invitation-only gathering next week to discuss the future and the “soul” of evangelicalism at a time when many of them are concerned their faith group has become tainted by its association with divisive politics under President Trump.
The diverse group, which includes nationally known pastors such as Tim Keller and A.R. Bernard, is expected to include leaders of major ministries, denominations, colleges and seminaries. The gathering will take place at Wheaton College, an evangelical college outside of Chicago, according to organizer Doug Birdsall, honorary chair of Lausanne, an international movement of evangelicals.
The gathering, which has been in the works for several months and was discussed at evangelist Billy Graham’s funeral last month, will take place before the expected meeting of a separate group of evangelicals who advise, defend and praise Trump. Those leaders, which include members of Trump’s informal advisory council, are considering convening at Trump International Hotel in Washington in June.