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Evangelical Christians celebrate and urge unity; others wary

President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak at his election-night rally in New York City on Nov. 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Carlo Allegri

(RNS) Some celebrated and congratulated the victor. Some prayed and called for unity. But it was clear early on that evangelical Christians were key to Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the 2016 presidential election.

Meanwhile, others — including atheists and Muslims — reacted in shock and vowed to defend against what one group termed “unconstitutional and undemocratic actions.”

According to exit polls, 81 percent of white evangelicals and born-again Christians cast their ballots for the reality TV star-turned-Republican presidential candidate. It was a higher figure than voted for Republicans Mitt Romney (79 percent) in 2012, John McCain (73 percent) four years before that or George W. Bush (79 percent) in 2004.


RELATED: Post-election church services aim to reconcile Christian voters


“The triumph of Donald Trump may signal ‘the last hurrah’ of white male evangelicals in America, or it may mean that their influence is once again on the rise. We will have to wait and see,” Tony Campolo, former spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton, told Christian Today.

“But there is no question that his victory was largely due to their support.”

Here’s how prominent evangelical Christians and others responded to the 2016 presidential election results as they became clear overnight.

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, on November 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mike Segar

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at his election-night rally in New York City on Nov. 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mike Segar

Paula White

White is Trump’s spiritual adviser, a member of his evangelical advisory board and pastor of the New Destiny Christian Center in Florida. She issued this written statement:

“Far more than what divides us, this election has revealed what unites us. I have never seen such solidarity between evangelicals and catholics, pentecostals, charismatics and baptists.  We were brought together with a mutual love for our country and through a mutual faith in God. The election started the conversation but what will come from these new and renewed relationships will have far more impact than anything that could be realized through the election of any politician. We aren’t ending this season so much entering a new one, ready to love the world together to a degree greater than we ever could alone.”

Samuel Rodriguez

Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, called the election results “Brexit 2.0” on Twitter.

In a longer written statement, he said:

” Instead of the agenda of the donkey or the elephant,  Christians must be about the Lamb’s agenda. We can and we must continue the fight to reconcile Billy Graham’s message of righteousness with Dr. Martin Luther King’s march for justice. The moment we, as Christian voters, are co-opted by any given political party or ideology, we lose our legitimacy to speak truth to power. Looking ahead, now is the time to rise up as people of faith and as an independent voice that holds political leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to policies that don’t aim left or right, but toward righteousness and justice, for all.  Chief of which remains our concern for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, immigration reform and racial unity.  We pray for the safe keeping of our democracy as we transition to the new Donald Trump administration and we pray that God will continue to bless and prosper our nation in the coming months and years ahead.”

David Silverman

David Silverman, president of American Atheists, tweeted Tuesday night: “This is why I fight. This makes the work more important. Separation of religion and gov is in serious danger. Help.”

Jen Hatmaker

In the weeks leading up to the election, the best-selling Christian author called Trump “absolutely, positively, thoroughly unfit for the presidency” in a controversial interview with RNS in which she also expressed her support for the LGBT community. As electoral votes rolled in Tuesday for Trump, Hatmaker tweeted, “Will someone come hold my hand?”

The day before, she had posted on Facebook:

“Our marching orders are the same. We are still about the same things we’ve always been about, Christian. We will still love our neighbors and resist fear. We will stick up for the marginalized and protect the vulnerable. We will show up for the hard work of good citizenship and remain faithful to God and each other. We will insist on bringing hope and grace and strength and love to this busted up world. We will not malign people out of fear or confusion. We will love God and love people and that is the same basic plan it has always been.”

Her fellow speaker on the Belong Tour, Nichole Nordeman, also tweeted as Trump’s win was announced early Wednesday morning.

Russell Moore

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has been one of Trump’s most outspoken evangelical critics.

Early Wednesday, Moore urged Christians to pray for the president-elect in a blog post. And he said, “No matter what the racial and ethnic divisions in America, we can be churches that demonstrate and embody the reconciliation of the kingdom of God.

“The most important lesson we should learn is that the church must stand against the way politics has become a religion, and religion has become politics,” he said.

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta leaves the stage after addressing supporters at the election night rally in New York, on November 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Rick Wilking

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta leaves the stage after addressing supporters at the election night rally in New York, on November 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Rick Wilking

Ronnie Floyd

Floyd — senior pastor of Cross Church in Arkansas, another member of Trump’s evangelical advisory board and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention — started Election Day with this tweet: “It is a great day in America: Pray, Vote, and Trust God.”

As results were announced, he issued this written statement:

“I pray sincerely that God might grant wisdom to our new commander in chief to lead our nation in righteousness and toward peace and justice. This is a time to rebuild and to reconcile, to lock arms with our fellow Americans and work with our elected officials for a better future. We must remember that the task of protecting our rights to life and religious freedom is as much the responsibility of the average American as it is of the individual sitting in the oval office. May each of us then take upon ourselves this duty and work with elected officials at all levels of government to secure these rights for future generations. All along the way, may we seek the good of all Americans.  Let us extend honor and love to all, and reserve our fear and worship only to God, who alone deserves to be our source of ultimate hope and security.”

John Fea

In response to an ABC News exit poll showing Trump captured 81 percent of the evangelical vote, Fea, professor of American history and chair of the history department at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, tweeted, “If this is evangelicalism–I am out.”

Others shared similar sentiments.

David Jeremiah

Jeremiah — founder of Turning Point, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California and another member of Trump’s evangelical advisory board — issued this written statement:

“This presidential election has been a moment in history when God has reminded us that our ultimate citizenship is indeed in heaven, and not on earth. While we love America, as Christians we are sojourners and pilgrims, and like the heroes of our faith we are looking for a better country beyond this earthly one, to the heavenly city God has prepared for us. Let us then continue walking by faith, not by sight, placing our trust in God’s eternal promises and not in the fleeting machinations of men. We commit to pray for the new Trump administration. We pray that God might have mercy on our nation and that our leaders might know and fear Him, for as the Scriptures say, blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. This is a time when we must hold fast to our calling to be good citizens and to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, pointing those around us toward our hope in Christ and breathing life wherever there is despair. Presidents come and go, but our God remains forever and he will be on his throne on November 9 as he was on November 8 and as he will be for all of eternity.”

Donald Trump supporters cheer as U.S. presidential election results are announced during a Republican watch party in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 8, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Nancy Wiechec

Donald Trump supporters cheer as presidential election results are announced during a Republican watch party in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Nancy Wiechec

Robert Jeffress

Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and a member of Trump’s evangelical advisory board, tweeted a photo of himself at the Trump victory party Tuesday night in New York City.

In a short video message posted online immediately after Trump’s victory speech early Wednesday, Jeffress said: “No matter how you feel about the outcome of this election, I hope you’ll join me in praying for my friend President-elect Donald Trump.

“For those who didn’t choose to vote for President-elect Donald Trump and may carry a measure of uncertainty about the future, there’s no need to fear and no reason to be discouraged. In Daniel, chapter 2, it’s clear that God alone establishes our leaders. As Christians, our hope does not reside in kings, presidents or any authority other than God and God alone.”

Tony Campolo

Campolo, former spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton, said in an interview with Christian Today:

“The triumph of Donald Trump may signal ‘the last hurrah’ of white male evangelicals in America, or it may mean that their influence is once again on the rise. We will have to wait and see.

“But there is no question that his victory was largely due to their support. His victory is likely to get evangelicals to do some soul searching as to who they are, and why they were swept up in supporting a man whose rhetoric played upon fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, an anti-scientific disbelief in global warming, overt racism and sexist attitudes that are contrary to scripture.”

Rachel Held Evans

The popular Christian author and blogger wore a pantsuit to the polls Tuesday, posting on Facebook that her vote for Hillary Clinton “wasn’t a difficult choice, and I’m not embarrassed about it.”

In her tweets throughout the day, Evans chastised both Trump and the white evangelicals who voted for him:

“God is still on the throne. And Donald Trump still shouldn’t be president. Both of these things can be true,” she tweeted.

And, “White Evangelicals, you just made Donald Trump the most powerful man in the world. Don’t you dare complain about being persecuted.”

Pope Francis

The Vatican’s highest-ranking diplomat, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, congratulated Trump and said the Catholic leadership was praying “that God enlightens him and supports him in the service of his country of course, but also in the service of well-being and peace in the world.”

Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said he hoped Trump would modify the hard-line immigration policy he advocated in his campaign rhetoric, but Parolin noted that “from what I have heard Donald Trump has already expressed himself in terms of a leader.”

Pope Francis provoked a political storm in February returning from a visit to Mexico when he said Trump was “not Christian” for pledging to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  

David Harris

David Harris of the global Jewish advocacy organization AJC lamented the “bigotry and exclusion” expressed during the campaign, which included anti-Jewish hate speech on the part of some of the more vociferous Trump supporters.

“America’s diversity must be defended against any further attempts to demonize or stigmatize on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender or faith,” he said in a statement.

Harris added that the top priority now is to “address the wounds of an extraordinarily divisive contest.”

Muslim Advocates

The national legal advocacy and educational organization posted on its website:

“Throughout this election, Muslim Advocates has repeatedly expressed grave concern about undemocratic and unconstitutional policies proposed by candidates – from banning Muslims from the U.S. to vilifying Mexican Americans to threatening journalists and political opponents with unilateral executive action and imprisonment. These policies violate the very foundation of our democracy and threaten every American’s right to freedom, justice and equality.  If President-elect Trump wants to bring America together and be a leader for all Americans, he will need to disavow these dangerous proposals and ideas.

“Today, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans who reject racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism and division.  Muslim Advocates will use every legal tool available to protect our country against unconstitutional and undemocratic actions.”

Jim Daly

Daly, president of Focus on the Family, issued this statement early Wednesday:

“As a Christian who believes in the ultimate sovereignty of God, I have to believe He allows our circumstances to fulfill His plans. As the prophet Daniel said, “He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” The nation has spoken. I pray that God grants us the grace and wisdom to seek His heart for all people made in His image, the preborn, the elderly, progressive and conservative, each one of us. I am reminded His son Jesus Christ died for all. May those of us who trust in Him express our faith by bringing His peace to a world filled with chaos.”

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism published a statement Wednesday signed by representatives of the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and other organizations.

It read in part:

“President-elect Trump has the opportunity to use his office to bring Americans together, and to move us toward a brighter future. If he does so, we will be ready to work with him for the common good. If he does not, we also stand ready to be fierce advocates for the values that guide us: inclusivity, justice and compassion.

Just as Abraham went out into a place of great uncertainty, we now find ourselves in an unanticipated time and place. But we know, like Abraham, that our faith and enduring values will be a strong foundation as we move forward.  We love the stranger, feed the hungry and care for the orphan and the widow.”


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Trillia Newbell

Newbell, director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, said that in the weeks before the election, she cried when a loved one shared he or she was supporting Trump for president. And those don’t appear to have been tears of joy.

“Actually in tears after seeing someone I love post that they are voting for Trump. I can take the Christian celebrities but friends are hard,” Newbell tweeted.

On Wednesday morning, she urged prayer in a post on the ERLC website.

“The results mean good news for some, and bad news for others. It’s good to be involved and even concerned about the political climate of our country. As Christians, this burden for the nation should lead us from angst to prayer,” she said.

Jim Wallis

Wallis, president of Sojourners, wrote a post Wednesday on its website, urging Christians to “reach out in solidarity and protection to those who feel and are most vulnerable” and pledging to do his part.

“Most white evangelicals didn’t seem to mind that they sold their souls to a man who embodies the most sinful and shameful worship of money, sex, and power, and — perhaps more than any other public figure in America — represents the very worst values of what American culture has become. We have never witnessed such religious hypocrisy as we saw in this election, with the majority of white Christians voting for a man like Donald Trump, including an overwhelming number of white evangelicals: 81 percent, 8 points better than Romney, including 75 percent of white evangelical women. It is a real tragedy that most of America’s well-known white megachurch pastors were not heard from in this election, and their silence in the face of Trump’s racial politics may end their own moral credibility. The religious right leaders, who supported Trump politically over all their previously expressed religious values, showed once and for all that they have always been primarily right-wing political operatives and should never be taken as ‘religious’ again.”

Jesus Christ

OK, so Jesus Christ isn’t actually on Twitter. But @JesusofNaz316 is. And the often wryly humorous Twitter account turned serious Tuesday night as the results of the election came in.

“Feel the shock tonight. Pray,” the account tweeted. “Then tomorrow join hands and work for justice, welcome the stranger, stand with the oppressed, and hope.”

https://twitter.com/JesusOfNaz316/status/796223933708201984

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Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.

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  • I predict that, as soon as he tries to do anything crazy or illegal, Congress will shake hands across the aisles in both houses to impeach him. Hail Pence.

  • Take a look at the article’s third photograph, the one where chairman John Podesta is walking away from the Democrat podium. The podium happens to be inside a white outline of the United States of America, which is understandable.

    Curiously, however, the podium also happens to be sitting precisely where the state of Kansas is located. Did you notice that? I’m just now seeing it.

    Now you know I’m not the superstitious type, and I’m certainly not the disrespectful gloating type. (Yes, we’re all in recovery mode today.) But perhaps in the future, please place the Democrat podium over New York, or Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

    Please do NOT mess with Kansas anymore, or we’ll just have to rough you up again NEXT time !!

  • The Religious Right has won the battle, but lost the war. The younger generation has already realized the hypocrisy of telling people you love them while at the same time trying remove their human dignity by denying them human rights. It is the Religious Rights’ Judas Kiss.

  • Let things roll off Linda. Campolo and Evans are doing their post-election comments (so I do NOT feel guilty about doing mine!), but meanwhile you know there are other Christians who at least share your feelings today.

    I felt **heavy** disappointment when Carter lost to Reagan (back when I was a Democrat, which obviously I ain’t now). But everything really DID roll off in a few days, all the same. So let it roll off.

  • Evangelicals aren’t the only ones celebrating this morning. A great cross-section of America is celebrating Trump’s election. That likely includes some principled aethiests, along with principled mainstream Christians.

    RNS was of no assistance, as they jointed the rest of the liberal mainstream media in driving underground of anyone willing to talk positively about Trump, or even consider Trump a viable option. This rendered the polls meaningless, as illustrated by the big surprises in battleground states as the results rolled in.

    In his acceptance speech I detect some humility, as Trump reaches out to the entire country seeking unity and cooperation. We can all prayerfully support this. It sounds sincere and shows the requisite growth in wisdom and humility along Trump’s journey.

  • Human Dignity = Forcing a Christian who owns a Bakery to make a cake for a gay wedding. And then fining them over $100,000 thus forcing them out of business. Now unemployed. Human Dignity!

  • How does one do that? What will be your first action? Just curious. Btw….I’m not a Trump supporter. Did not vote.

  • Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:10
    Sadly so called Christians interpret this verse to mean “compromise” to come to that same judgment and same mind.

  • Americangelicals know a good bit about the Great Commision, but nothing of the Great Commandment. They also fear science, the government and outsiders, while revering the gun. Hope this little analysis from an outside perspective helps explain things, a little.

  • The evangelicals who voted for Trump and cheer his win are a poor excuse for Christians and will share the blame for the damage his reign will do to the environment, to religious liberty, to women’s rights of conscience, to our public schools, to our nation.

  • to our public schools
    How will Trump’s tenure affect public schools? I do not recall hearing anything about this particular issue.

  • I feel as if Dobson, Falwell and Graham and their cohorts maybe part of that endtime crowd who will say Right is Wrong and Good is Bad. In fact, they appear to have suffered a strong delusion. I no longer feel in fellowship with these repugnant, equivocating, situationally ethical fallen leaders.

  • Neither Trump nor his kids attended public schools. Trump is known to favor the privatization of public schools.

  • I hear calls for unity, but what fellowship does the light have with the darkness? Today, Americangelicals have become the world. Perhaps it is time for Christians to come out of this unholy mixture of doctrine coupled with the philosophies of men that passes for American Evangelicalism.

  • And you believe the privatization of public schools will happen during his presidency? Nothing wrong with private schools nor homeschooling………….but the Privatization of public schools??? I doubt it. Our Controllers know too good how well they work.

  • You know these are great words from the saviour, But these words were written as guidance to Christians.

  • I don’t like those men either, but could you give me an example of something they say/do that would qualify your Orwellian principle?

  • I thought the Trump supporters already did a fair amount of roughing up literally and figuratively in this election.

  • For 50 years in 28 state referenda Americans have voted 2 to 1 against diverting public funds to special interest private schools, though Repubs have long favored doing that. On Nov 8 Massachusetts voters rejected a plan to expand charter schools, a plan pushed by out-of-state fat cats who spent over $20 million trying to buy the election.

  • Leaving aside Campolo, who doesn’t belong in a list of humans let alone a list of religious leaders, most of these leaders are showing the same disconnect as political leaders. These leaders have been running with the Kardashians while their followers are living in plain old reality.

  • I am not longer an “evangelical” after this desire for worldly power and influence on the part of those who say they believe in a kingdom that is not of this world.

  • When asked which is the greatest commandment, the Christian New Testament depicts Jesus paraphrasing the Torah: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” before also paraphrasing a second passage; “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Most Christian denominations view these two commandments as, together, forming the core of the Christian religion. The second passage is considered to be a form of the Golden Rule (from wikipedia.) Roy Hobs Imprecise and incomplete. What you said “Love one another “as I have loved you”.” sounds like Jesus telling Christians to love each other. But the greatest commandment focuses that love outward toward God Himself and to the neighbor, the other, rather than inward towards other believers. And Americangelicals don’t understand it’s importance. Evangelicals in other lands are not thus hindered. I am proud to say that an intra european evangelical agency is actively seeking to take the lead role in managing the resettlement of refugees in Europe. Americangelicals, on the other hand, think nothing of electing a neo-fascist who wants to keep out anymore and deport the ones already here. Yes, America got a little uglier today. Christians should consider whether to come out of this secularized, politicized Americangelicalism. As a worldview it has become non self consistent. As a faith, it is approaching the status of a “cult”.

  • Highly subjective by the way. Esau I have hated. Not sure what you mean, here. Your paraphrase mentions nothing about hating or Esau. The gist of your paraphrase would seem to suggest Jesus is saying ” love each other well.” Remember, these are commandments to men. If He had wanted them to hate, like He hated Esau, he might have said so. But since that doesn’t appear to be the context, why would Jesus bring up hatred or Esau, at all? That wouldn’t make sense.

  • Utah voters voted against diverting public funds to Charters. Utah legislators did an end around and created a law to do so. We now have Charters popping up (and going bankrupt) every year. Don’t think it won’t happen to you.

  • Here’s just a few. There are hundreds though:
    Christians Are Banned From Entering America
    Syrian Refugees Come To The U.S. Without Vetting
    Syrian Refugees Are Mostly Young, Single Men
    States With Democratic Governors Don’t Receive Refugees
    ICE Endorsed Me
    34 Million Undocumented Immigrants Live In The U.S.
    San Bernardino Attackers’ Neighbors Knew Of Plot
    ISIS Tried To Attack Me

  • When you say “principled” do you mean crotch-grabbing, misogynist, philandering, divorced, rip-off principled?

  • Utah voters TWICE rejected vouchers, but GOP politicians really don’t care what the public thinks.

  • Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

    Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

    2 Corinthians 6:14

    And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11
    The “Christian” road is a narrow road. Not broad.

  • Actually, several high-profile folks (Hatmaker, Evans, etc) and even some churches, aren’t evangelical anymore anyway. Period. They need to stop saying they are.

    But the process of division, of disunity, started long before the 2016 election, started long before the Trump candidacy.

  • You may want to visit just as many “conservative” websites as you do “liberal” ones. Stay balanced.

  • So what faith/sect does he belong to?
    Aside from going through the motions and generally treating the religious right like dirt (and them loving it), Trump has never said a word concerning his personal religious beliefs.

    The only thing he has been known to worship is himself.

  • Yep. Violating laws, especially Anti-discrimination ones brings penalties. Eff them. They had it coming.

    If the baker was a good Christian martyr he would not be complaining so much about the alleged suffering at the hands of those gays who wanted to buy goods and services in open commerce.

  • That is the penalty for being uncivil, breaking laws and committing torts against people which are actionable in the court system. Tough luck.

  • You should get to know what kind of person you are dealing with. Here are examples of unrelated posts which give you a pretty good idea:

    the white man has awakened!
    Let us hope he doesn’t fall back to sleep, which history has proven to happen.
    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/occidentaldissent/white_nationalists_take_victory_lap/#comment-2993567028

    Whites need to ask themselves……will the non-white races be as gracious to us as we have been them??? Are you willing to gamble your children’s future that ‘they’ are just like us?
    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/infolib/tim_kaine_hails_whites_becoming_a_minority_in_spanish_address/#comment-2989395289

    Watch: Adolf Hitler – The Greatest Story Never Told.
    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/thedailysheeple/video_journalist_shot_by_militarized_police_at_standing_rock_while_conducting_an_interview/#comment-2986195064

  • I just wrote to a friend of mine that I would t be surprised in Trump has an “accident.” Or a previously undiagnosed health problem.

  • So the fundamentalists finally got the antichrist that they have been waiting for.

    May they have the joy of it,

  • Ironically the one thing always associated with fascism is something not in the wheelhouse of the Trump crowd: military buildup.

    The interesting thing is beefing up our military would probably actually help the working class and return jobs to industrial workers (which can’t be outsourced). As of now military enlistment pays terribly and has its long vaunted benefits horrifically slashed. R&D with the military has been rather moribund. The military has been doing a lot on the cheap since 2005.

    Being the “global policeman” is more than just sending troops abroad. In most cases it means selling equipment to our friends. Very valuable equipment which can’t be produced in Mexico or China, and can’t be manufactured using illegal alien labor.

    But right now Republicans are in an isolationist mood, which is damaging to both the economy and global security.

    Some of the biggest mistakes Democrats made was not making stronger appeals to organized labor or discussing how badly Republicans treat soldiers and veterans.

  • It is critical that we reconcile with one another. Time for the pain of loss and fear to heal is first, followed by what you’ve written so well.

    I have a strong aversion to the president- elect and nearly all of his positions. Nonetheless, he will soon be my president because he won more than 270 electoral votes. That’s how American elections work. I think it’s a poor system, but it’s what we have. I will do what I can, short of compromising my principles, to help him succeed.

    I will do that because I am an American and do love my country. I will not try to sabotage him as republicans relentlessly did to President Obama and I will urge my Washington representatives not to. I will not put my personal agenda ahead of what is best for the country.

    I want America to succeed more than I want to get my way. I want America to be big, strong, open, kind and lead the world in the best way for each individual. I do not want an America shriveled, frightened, and closed to the world. I will support the president- elect whenever I can.

  • Seriously Roy? You need examples of Trump’s behavior that are anti-ethical, immoral and hostile to the Gospel? Just listen to the things he’s said about “the least of these” and think again. These men supported a man who blatantly committed adultery and sexually assaulted women. A man who advocates hate and separation rather than understanding and unity.

  • Loving your neighbour as yourself doesn’t imply at all to admit refugees from all over the world to America or the West. Such an interpretation of this divine commandment is entirely nonsensical. Love of neighbours in the Scriptures isn’t an International Law between nations, but a law between individual persons.

  • I will only say that Evangelicals will own every last thing Trump does over the next four years. They were his biggest supporters. When women are sexually assaulted, when Muslims Americans are rounded up and deported, when Latinos families are ripped apart, when people have their health insurance taken away from them, when GLBT people have their rights stripped from them, when black people are targeted and killed by the police, we will remember that Evangelicals are the prime enablers of that. You own every last bit of it Evangelicals.

  • Let me guess. You didn’t do ANY Googling at all, before calling Trump an atheist.
    And you say, “Trump has never said a word concerning his personal religious beliefs.”

    “I believe in God. I am Christian. I believe very strongly in God. I think The Bible is certainly, it is THE book.” (04-12-2011 CBN Interview)

    “I’m Presbyterian. I’m a Protestant Presbyterian, OK, which I don’t know if you know, but I think it’s important for Iowans to know that.'” (04-21-2011, Des Moines Register)

    Homework, please!

  • And who will own up to the police (of all races) being targeted, injured, and killed by blacks? Are you volunteering to own it now?

  • CBN interview? Christian Broadcasting Network. Pat Robertson’s pet media company? LOL!

    So he was surrounded by Bible thumpers and considering a run for president when he said those lines. That is about as plausible as the 2 Corinthians line.

    At the Family Leadership Summit in 2015
    “I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.””

    “We I take, when we go, and church and when I drink my little wine – which is about the only wine I drink – and have my little cracker, I guess that’s a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed, OK? But, you know, to me that’s important, I do that, but in terms of officially, I could say, ‘Absolutely!’ and everybody, I don’t think in terms of that. I think in terms of, let’s go on and let’s make it right.”

    Trump didn’t give a flying fig about people like yourself. He didn’t have to. You guys were going to vote for him regardless.

  • But doing so has always been one of the greatest strengths of America. No nation has the record of successfully integrating refugees that the US has. No wave of refugees was wanted by large portions of the nation. From the first “Dutch” to the Irish, Jews, Cubans, the Vietnamese “boat people”, the Iranians fleeing Khomeni… People have moaned and gone hysterical.

    As a nation we have always owed a duty to the world to take in the people nobody else wants. Its been what makes us what we are.

    You want to talk about violent consequences of admitting refugees, how about looking up the Mariel Boatlift or the Russian exodus in the 1990’s. Violent crime increased dramatically from taking them in. 20-30 years later they are looked upon kindly in hindsight.

  • Let’s remember that it was the conservative religious people who had Christ crucified. Religion without love is the most dangerous force in the world.

    Many of the actions of Mr. Trump were hateful, immoral, and undignified.

    For the evangelicals to support him or to endorse him without rebuking him for these actions are disturbing to me as a Christian.

    We are sending the wrong message to our children; that being a bully and spreading hate are OK just as long as you do so for money and power.

    May God have mercy on us.

  • Why should I? I didn’t vote for anyone that said they supported targeting, injuring or killing the police. Evangelicals are supporting Trump, who said he would turn the police loose against black people. The Justice Department under Trump will take a “see no evil” stance to racism over the next four years, and Evangelicals are just fine with that.

    Evangelicals have made no bones about wanting to take America back to the 1950’s when black people has very few rights. Evangelicals started their Christian academies to avoid having their children go to school with black kids. Evangelicals use textbooks in their Christian schools that teach the glories of slavery and the rightness of the South in the Civil War. Evangelicals opposed the ’64 Civil Rights Act. Their history with racism is deep and longstanding. That Evangelicals coalesced around a candidate with a history of racism is not shocking.

  • “Bring to me those enemies of mine who would not have me for a king and execute them in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27) (From the awful parable of the minas)

    GOSH! What could go wrong?

  • So now Trump is reaching out for unity. I hope he is sincere. But after months of hearing the remarks he made on the campaign trail I remain sceptical. Was it all an act?

  • Don’t forget —
    We go through this every 8 years or so. I remember some photos of Romney’s supporters after he lost the previous election. Unreal sadness. Now, it’s our turn.

    In 4 or 8 years, we’ll be the ones ‘rejoicing once again’. It’s gonna happen. Hopefully in just 4 years. Never know.

    This verse explains so many things, especially the multitude of good things that are constantly bestowed upon us all —

    Man’s ways are of the Lord, so how can we understand our own ways”……..Proverbs 20:24

  • Expected. Smarm and pious platitudes about unity are the stock in trade of those who make religion an excuse for their politics. And, of course, their words (re)establish the context for the passive aggression they will invariably indulge in later when accusing their progressive peers of ‘divisiveness’ during this administration.

    As for specifics, the hypocrisy of Trump’s ‘spiritual advisors’ – code for people who give advice to their boss on how to manipulate religious people – and public supporters is risible compared to the others. At the other end of the spectrum, I think Campolo’s and Wallis’ remarks were the most insightful of the lot.

  • Of course the Evangelicals are happy! So happy as the Brazilians ones, some days ago, when they elected an Evangelical bishop — nephew of the all powerfull and megabillionaire Elmir Macedo, the founder of IURD — to the government of Rio de Janeiro. The TV showed a very nice video, where we can see and hear the uncle teaching the nephew how to extract real money from the “faithful”, and counting piles of cash on the “temple”. Before, Rio was a Catholic stronghold. Have we any reasons to be happy?!

  • TSawesome……not talking about Trump. Scott said, ‘Dobson, Falwell and Graham and their cohorts…….’. I was just curious what these men have said or may say in the future that would meet the Orwellian principle.

  • Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans…..White nations for everyone!
    Ever wonder why China’s “Ghost Cities” aren’t being offered up for these refugees? Only White nations are being flooded. I wonder why? Perhaps Coudenhave Kalergi and Barbara Spectre might have something to say about it.

  • Then my apologies for misreading your earlier comment. I agree that the “Religious Right” are neither religious (in the sense of love per Christ’s example) nor right. The hypocrisy of these “Amerigelicals” is exposed as purely politically driven, and not out of a concern for mercy or justice for “the least of these” people in our society.

  • I agree. I am curious however, what would be an example Scott Johnson could provide that would fit the Orwellian principle.

  • In many discussions with Christian brother’s prior to voting I did vote for Trump. It was a case of what I considered the lesser of two evils, not a ringing endorsement of Donald Trump. If you will remember Obama said he was a Christian as well and based on his actions, that isn’t the Christian I want to be. Trump said he was a “Christian” because he needed the vote of Evangelicals. I am appalled at the number of “pastors” who support him above given many of the racist statements he has made, and his absolute degradation of women. I don’t know Donald Trump, but I can read and listen to what comes from his own lips during the campaign and I know that usually that’s the tip of the iceberg. Will I pray for him, definitely, but I would never have worked for his campaign. Most of my friends were voting for the platform while turning their head the other way about the candidate.

  • “First off Public Schools are failures and the more the federal government involves themselves the worst the schools get”

    Private schools only do well when they can avoid teaching an entire population of a given community. Public schools don’t have that option. Hence privatized charter schools run the gamut of comparable to public schools to so terrible that they are really just another form of fraud. There is no example of a privatized service which has provided clear benefits for the public. Its just an excuse for insiders to line their pockets.

    People who want to go to private schools don’t need government money to do it. If it is for religious schools, it is illegal for them to do so. The government has no business subsidizing the sectarian religious education of its citizens.

    “The voucher program should be implemented throughout the USA that way
    there would be competition between schools as there is with colleges and
    those that can’t offer a good education will fail and no longer be a
    problem.”

    Privatizing the entire education system, like every other effort at privatization only means enriching political cronies, decline of service and incentives to profit at the expense of the public. In a government backed private education environment like the voucher programs and charter schools, the consumers are not the parents or the students, but the government. Students are just product.

    “There are many private schools that have been around for decades and
    have always surpassed public school education because they don’t have to
    be PC nor do they have to kowtow to the PC federal government agenda. .”

    Because they can weed students out who perform poorly. Public schools, with the mandate to teach an entire community don’t have that option, nor should they.

    Attacks on public education represent one of the most cretinous positions social conservatives cough up. It is as if they want a population which is less educated, more pliable, more easily manipulated.

  • “It’s great that God put somebody in office with some semblance of
    morals unlike the Clintons that are adulterers, child molesters, liars
    and murderers.”

    You are kidding, right? Trump has a semblance of morals? You bible thumpers are a really pathetic lot. You hang your hopes on a serial adulterer, rapist, liar, cheat and slaver. All because the people you really wanted were wildly unpopular with their own political party. Even the majority of GOP voters didn’t bother to take the Religious Right agenda seriously. Neither did Trump.

    You are craven to hold on to whatever political power is left for you guys. Probably your best hope is for Trump to get assassinated and you end up with President Pence.

    You have no moral standards. You sold them out for expedience and desperation. Good luck with that.

  • “Please do NOT mess with Kansas anymore”

    Nuclear disaster could not mess Kansas up anymore than it already was.

  • Not addressing the point. So what were those great religious morals and ethics you stood by? Oh right, you never had them. You threw in your lot with a realty show host/professional wrestling promoter instead.

    Have fun with Cheeto-in-Chief.

  • Hey at least I am not the one who is pretending Trump is some kind of evangelical Christian or someone who even gives them time of day. That is some Grade-A denial you are working up.

  • You missed “bedwetting” . . . and “tax under-paying!” Let’s get all his sins in there, and never, NEVER forgive them! Ute, Man, you have a long life ahead of you!

  • “It’s great that God put somebody in office with some semblance of morals unlike the Clintons that are adulterers, child molesters, liars and murderers.”

    🙂

  • Kim Jong Un can finally breathe a sigh of relief. There is now a national leader with worse hair than himself.

  • Nah. I am embracing the suck. Steering into the skid. The only thing left to do is laugh now. The joke is on all of us.

    By greatest fear right now is for the continued survival of the chinchilla species used for Donald’s hair piece.

  • Yep.

    Just ask our president.

    Melonia Trump vows to fight cyber bullying. So her first act was to disable her husband’s Twitter account.

  • (Rolls eyes) I cut and pasted your exact words and left the link right to the original comment. Nothing more is necessary.

    So what about Cheeto American makes you think he has anything resembling morals and ethics? I am curious what rolls around in your head.

  • They were your exact words verbatim that I quoted. 🙂
    At this point I don’t feel any need to respond to you with words. All future posts on this line of discussion will be in sarcastic gif form or pictures of kittens

  • I can’t wait for the “Great Disappointment” that’s coming for Evangelicals. They sincerely believe that Trump is gonna ban abortion and strip gay people of their rights, which are the only two things that evangelicals really care about. They conveniently overlooked Trump saying he’s a businessman who makes deals. Everything is negotiable with Trump, and he has no moral principles.

    Trump is gonna drop the social issues like a hot potato. Hide and watch. He’s already signaled that his priorities are health care, infrastructure, jobs and taxes. Plus he’s gonna have to deal with crises around the world. Mark my words: in 2020 Evangelicals will be fuming because Trump threw them overboard for other priorities. He never really had any intentions to ban abortion or strip gay people of their rights. He just needed their votes at the time.

    Evangelicals truly are “Charlie Brown” to Lucy and the football. Every Republican President going back to Reagan has told them they are “with them” on abortion and gays. But none of them have ever actually done anything substantial on either issue. And Trump, the least Republican of them all, isn’t gonna do anything either. He needs all the political capital he’s got for the other domestic and foreign policy issues.

    Someday Evangelicals will wake up and realize that politics is never gonna give them the outcome they so badly want (banning abortion and gays). I wonder how many more Presidents it will take?

  • Actually, a long life behind me. Tells us; how do you forgive someone when they continue the same sin every single day?

  • When you voted for him, you endorsed him.

    How is your health insurance? Any relatives in the army in the Middle East?

  • Apparently, god wanted Trump to be president. And so did a lot of so called christians.

    Because power, money, and Dominion. The same hristians gave us the twin disasters known as the presidency of Shrub. It took Obama to pulll us back from the brink, while those same christians were damning him constantly.

    You’ve been sending the wrong message to your children for years.

  • Very well stated! Should be at the top of every ‘comment’ section related to Trump on a religious forum. Sadly, I believe your prophecy will be true.
    Although, as a Christian, I would disagree with your second to last sentence. I, personally, don’t want to ‘ban abortion’……….I just don’t want it funded with taxes. Banning abortion isn’t going to stop a women from getting one. Second….Don’t want to ban gays either. I could care less if they get a marriage certificate. Means diddly squat……goes the same for heterosexual marriage. A piece of paper does not make one “one flesh”.

  • What does Flaherty’s agenda driven rankings have to do with Trump’s lies? Again, refute them with other than right wing extremist citations.

  • Refugee..Resettlement..Watch…… is what you came up with to refute Trump’s lies. Just say no to crack son.

  • I wouldn’t say that God wants Trump to be president. He definitely allowed. That could be for various reasons. One could be that He gave us what we wanted. Remember, God allowed Saul to be crowned king. Not because He wanted that, but that was what the people wanted.

    Remember, God is able to use a man as indecent as Trump is for His glory. Trump can also change. This is my prayer.

  • No not really. Trump is not my President. Politics at the Federal Level is completely controlled by the ((( Elite ))). Just ask Cynthia McKinney.

  • What kind of Christianity puts ANYTHING in the CENTER other than Jesus…that includes social justice. STOP putting your faith in government and put it in God. He, not the white evangelicals, chooses our leaders BELIEVERS. God hates those sowing the seeds of discord. Jesus prayed for unity.

  • Good to see a God Fearing person here on this overwhelmingly liberal “religious” site. Keep coming tennis.anyone! Maybe there are “ears to hear” here somewhere. 😉

  • To deny the fundamentals of the Christian faith is to admit one is not even a Christian, but an imposter.

  • Thanks for your insightful article Emily. I’ve been following these events from across the Atlantic, here in Norwich, England. The old testament story where Moses lifts up the bronze serpent in the desert was coming strongly to mind. It seems to me that Donald Trump is the American shadow writ large for all to see – potentially calling us to a new collective awakening. I wrote down some reflections on this theme, which then turned into a sermon and then a blog post. Let me know what you think! http://www.brokenhallelujah.net

  • I take your comment as encouragement, and we need it.

    But speaking to you from the future, my perspective is that what is happening now is not normal. Rather than being part of a predictable cycle, it seems Trump’s election is more like an (un)predictable catastrophe.

    I say “predictable”, because it was immediately obvious to me that no establishment candidate could vanquish the demagogue. Moreover, I knew the christians, the kkk, and the nazis would coalesce around him after watching a couple of his rallies, early on. He spoke so carefully to these people. He is a rhetorical master, but if you never got that impression,it’s ok. He wasn’t even talking to you in the first place.

    I believe Trump’s presidency has the potential to destroy the very cycle it stands out from. I will not be surprised if we don’t have an election in 2020.
    Something political, but not an actual election as we define them in the west today. Perhaps something more like the way elections are conducted in in some 3rd world countries.

    And before anyone says “that can’t happen”, please remember how often you were fooled by 2016.

  • I came here because this was the only result returned by google for the search term “Americangelicalism”. Before I read the article, allow me to define “Americangelicalism” myself. I define it as form of aberrant christianity characterized by, among other things, reverence for the gun, fear of strangeness, fear of government, rejection of certain bodies of scientific knowledge, and extremely close identity with the republican party, usa.

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