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Evangelicals who support Trump aren't hypocrites

Dennis Prager on

It is usually easier for an outsider to defend a person or a group that is attacked than for the person or group.

In that vein, this Jew would like to defend evangelicals and other Christians who support President Donald Trump. They are regularly attacked as religious hypocrites who give Christianity in general, and evangelical Christianity in particular, a bad name.

The people writing such things are often Christians, including evangelicals.

Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist, wrote: "Whether the subject is the debauched pagan in the White House, the mall-haunted candidacy of Roy Moore or the larger question of how to engage with secular culture, there is talk of an intergenerational crisis within evangelical churches, a widening disillusionment with a Trump-endorsing old guard, a feeling that a crackup must loom ahead."

Jared Wilson wrote on The Gospel Coalition website: "From the same believers who raised us to believe that standing for the truth was more important than anything, that being persecuted for your integrity was better than compromise, that morality was not relative, that ethics are not situational. And now these same teachers are wanting us to believe that a little "R" by a man's name covers a multitude of sins."

Robert P. Jones wrote in USA Today: "White evangelicals . . . are, in many ways, a community grieving its losses. ... Thinking about the white evangelical/Trump alliance as an end-of-life bargain is illuminating. It helps explain, for example, how white evangelical leaders could ignore so many problematic aspects of Trump's character."

Shortly before the election, Marvin Olasky and the editors wrote in World magazine: "Glorifying God by honoring His standards is worth more than political gain."

Jay Caruso, a Dallas Morning News editorial board member, wrote a column titled "Evangelical Leaders Expose Their Hypocrisy By Playing Palace Guard to Trump."

In The Arizona Republic, Jon Gabriel, an evangelical, wrote a column titled "Evangelicals Are Hypocrites to Support Donald Trump." In it he wrote, "As an evangelical myself, one of the strangest developments of the Trump era has been the abandonment of moral character as a political essential."

I could give dozens more examples of attacks on evangelical Christians who support President Trump.

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