“Among white evangelical Republican voters nationally, Trump earned the support of 37 percent, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose father is a pastor and has played a key role in recruiting faith leaders to support his son, is at 20 percent.”
What is the tortured logic that would lead a Christian to support a bullying braggart philanderer with multiple divorces who is obsessed with money and advocates torture, preemptively killing the families of terrorists and immigration policies that would break up families? If you were trying to create a candidate as unchristian as possible, you would come up with someone like Trump.
Christians are exhausted with being attacked for holding views that are not politically correct. They have been on the receiving end of pc demagoguery for decades. They can relate to Trump.
They feel that their culture is under siege. They need someone who can be strong and stand up for them. David was a man with many personal failings as well. But he grew Israel to the height of its power.
Those are excuses, not reasons. Are you saying Christians are so knee-jerk reactionary that they’ll reject their core principles and support a immoral strongman just because they’re “exhausted with being attacked for holding views that are not politically correct” (despite the fact that Christians run every branch of government in this country)?
[quote=“DHLiberal, post:3, topic:48400”]
Christians are so knee-jerk reactionary that they’ll reject their core principles
[/quote]Their core principles are accepting Christ and living a life seeking to grow closer to God. Voting for Trump has literally no impact on their relationship with God.
God is not on the ballot. God is pure, and politics are anything but.
And yet in the real world Christians partake of the political process, control all the levers of power, and are overwhelmingly A) Republican and B) support Trump more than any other candidate. And so we’re back to my original question: how do Christians justify supporting someone who’s anathema to their beliefs? What goes through their minds when they find out that Trump was pro-choice? Pro-torture? A sleazy womanizer?
[quote=DHLiberal]Christians partake of the political process, control all the levers of power[/quote]Evangelicals do not control all the levers of power.
how do Christians justify supporting someone who’s anathema to their beliefs?
He isn’t anathema to their beliefs.
So it’s really quite simple.
What goes through their minds when they find out that Trump was pro-choice? Pro-torture? A sleazy womanizer?
A woman in any church in America can look to her left and her right, and see a woman who has had an abortion(or else she’s the woman who has). 1/3 of Christian women have had an abortion. If that’s a lifelong blacklist, that would be a pretty serious problem. Christianity believes in letting go of past mistakes, and doing what is right in the future. His change on abortion is something that many of them have personally gone through. And something they also understand.
To qualify, I don’t like Trump and will not vote for him, either in the primary or (if he’s nominated) the general. But as Christianity goes, he’s no worse than Hillary or Obama. Perhaps no better, but no worse.
You are correct on this much although much of that “control” is exercised via refusing to vote and leaving the godless to select the leaders, the numbers of eligible Christian voters who do not vote is deplorable.
Even with the high rate of abstinence the fact remains that the single largest voting bloc in the United States are those who self identify as “Christians”, therefore the only group with enough power to determine every elections outcome are Christians.
Christians have destroyed our Nation based on how they have wielded this sword of authority which has been entrusted to them, deciding to finish us off with the likes of Donald Trump should not surprise anyone; it is the most likely course given the voting habits of Christians since they took the bribe called the “Non profit tax exemption” 100 years ago.
There is nothing new going on this election cycle, Christians chose Obama and now they will choose Trump; they are being absolutely consistent.
Let me say up front that I am an Evangelical, but not a Trump supporter. Who I do support will be obvious in what follows. The four major candidates:
Hillary Clinton - Corrupt, proven to be inept, and if she has any principles they are malicious and harmful;
Bernie Sanders - Embraces a political philosophy, Marxian Socialism, that in every version tried has been a mass killer of innocent people, an economic disaster, and often causing famine and starvation;
Donald Trump - An unprincipled demagogue who has operated business enterprises (= practical experience, of which the other three have little or limited);
Ted Cruz - A principled, largely conservative man who has practiced law privately, though in cases involving government.
Trump, now, says a lot of generally right (IMO) things. My problem is in trusting him not to flip back when it seems the pragmatic thing to do. I can “trust” Clinton to be corrupt, inept, and harmful. I’m not sure Sanders can even really tryto do what he says he wants to do, but if he does, it will be very harmful. Obviously, I’m supporting Cruz in the primary, and contrary to what I’ve probably posted here before, CA’s June primary may actually be relevant - for the first time since 1980. If Trump is the nominee, I may vote for him, though very unhappily.
Who should they pick a neocon who has stabbed them in the back and thinks he is the messiah, a lesbian harridan who is responsible for thousands of fellow christian deaths, or a atheist jew who is obscenely enamored with the single greatest murderers in history and would put them in concentration camps if given the chance?
It is clear that there are no decent candidates from either main-street parties. So, one can only carefully research their prime candidates and then, hopefully, be able to choose the lesser of the evils.