Jerry Falwell Jr. has argued that victories, like the recent release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, explain why evangelicals continue supporting President Donald Trump.
“I’m often asked how an evangelical Christian can support a man like President Trump. The answer is simple. I learned long ago to judge people — especially politicians — by their actions and not their words,” the Liberty University president wrote in an op-ed for Fox News on Monday.
“Plenty of presidents have paid lip service to God, but few, if any, have demonstrated a consistent tendency to walk in Christ’s shoes and make the morally correct decision instead of the politically easy one,” he added.
“I am proud to call President Trump my friend. Above all, I’m proud of what he’s doing for our country and countrymen, at home and abroad.”
Falwell noted that Brunson was freed last week after spending two years in prison in Turkey, charged with assisting terrorist organizations, which he denied.
Falwell praised Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their role in speaking out for Brunson’s freedom and putting pressure on Turkey. He noted that the pressure, such as economic sanctions, continued despite Turkey’s initial wishes to keep the pastor in prison for a decade.
“President Trump could have easily sacrificed Brunson to maintain good relations with Turkey, a NATO ally. That nation’s strategic location makes it crucial to containing Russian ambitions in the Middle East,” he argued.
“The mainstream media still take every possible opportunity to paint President Trump as egotistical and uncaring, but his positive, heartfelt actions speak far louder than their negative, heartless words.”
Without naming names, Falwell accused previous U.S. presidents of “pursuing the globalist agenda,” and suggested they would have “quickly caved” to Turkey and failed to free the pastor.
“President Trump isn’t just a strong and tough leader. He’s also a good and moral person,” he argued.
“Time and time again, we’ve seen this from the president. When pursuing a successful diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea, President Trump didn’t just seek nuclear disarmament and the normalization of diplomatic relations. He demanded the return of imprisoned Americans and the return of the remains of those who died in the Korean War.”
Falwell revealed that Brunson’s daughter, who also campaigned for her father’s release, is an online student at Liberty University.
“We chose to give her a full scholarship to pay her remaining tuition fees,” he said.
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Source: Christian Post