Is the Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Uniting Evangelicals?


Emma Green has a fascinating story at The Atlantic on how Donald Trump’s appointment of Brett Kavanaugh is bringing evangelicals together.  Here is a taste:

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is the consummation of one of the big bets behind the 2016 election. Many white Christians voted for Donald Trump because they believed he would appoint conservative justices who would protect religious liberty and advance the pro-life cause. Now, ostensibly, they’ve been vindicated. With less than two years in office, Trump will very possibly see the confirmation of his second Supreme Court nominee, another handpicked choice of the conservative legal establishment.

At the time, however, it wasn’t at all clear how this bet would play out. Particularly in the evangelical world, the divisions over the 2016 election were bitter. A number of prominent leaders stepped out to urge their fellow Christians to consider what their vote would say to the world. Two years later, their largely positive reaction to Kavanaugh’s nomination is one sign that the intense political fractures in the evangelical world are fading—at least on the surface, and at least for now.

“I’ve never seen the SBC this unified,” said one of these leaders—Russell Moore, the head of the political arm of the Southern Baptist Convention—in an interview on Wednesday. That unity has emerged in personal relationships and attitudes, he said, but it also seems to be the case in politics. Eighteen months into the Trump era, evangelical leaders are looking for ways to come together under this administration, even if existential questions about the future of the evangelical movement remain.

Read the entire piece here.

If Trump is indeed winning-over his critics in the evangelical community by nominating a pro-life justice, then I wonder why these evangelicals opposed him in the first place?  Was the only case against Trump in November 2016 based on the possibility that he wouldn’t follow-through on his promise to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices?  Now that he has followed-through on this promise, do all the other criticisms suddenly fail to hold water?

Also, if Green’s piece is correct (and I think it is), then what does it say about the church of Jesus Christ that a president’s appointment of a Supreme Court justice is what brings us together?