I am writing this piece just hours after reading the Christianity Today opinion piece of one man, the outgoing editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli.
I have asked Christianity Today for the opportunity to present the actual reasoning of an evangelical Christian leader rather than being spoken for by a lone writer who has never asked me, or any other evangelical leader or pastor I am aware of, why they would support the current President, Donald Trump, and I speak with hundreds of national Christian leaders each month.
Additionally, I would like to respectfully challenge the author’s definition of morality and character within the context of first-hand observation, the social context we live in today, and by the values evangelical Christians hold closest.
To miss the fact that this nation was sliding down a slope to a cliff between 2008 and 2016 would be nothing less than turning a blind eye or political deafness. Federally funded abortion on demand was a machine raging out of control, our prisons were in desperate need of reform, and a 1% GDP was the “new normal.”
Socialism was on the rise and our religious liberties as citizens, business owners, and even clergy were being threatened at greater levels than any other time in modern history.
Make no mistake, our nation was every bit as divided as it is now, and evangelicals felt every bit of concern and even anger at the direction our nation was being driven—only Christians didn’t march in the streets and respond in physical ways like we see today. Instead, we prayed, we guarded our churches and our families and we waited for our chance to speak out at the ballot box. And on November 8, 2016, we made our voices known as one of the largest voting blocks in the nation.
For most who voted that day, they are stronger in their resolve now than they were then, and the polls show those numbers have even expanded exponentially since that historic day.
This is not because millions of evangelicals have lost their moral compass or betrayed their beliefs or turned their backs on God. It is because they see a president who has lived up to a different kind of integrity and character in a leader by keeping his promises. Add to that the fact that he is the most pro-life president in modern history, and the record of Donald J. Trump’s actions speak a better testimony than 100 words or tweets spoken in haste.
In just three short years, over 200 conservative federal judges have replaced what was once a politically driven, activist judicial system changing the make-up of one of the most activist courts in our history, the ninth circuit court of appeals.
These accomplishments make a better case for a sustained drive for justice and truth that speak every bit as strongly to the character and morality of a national leader than pious platitudes and a false bipartisanship. What we have witnessed is extraordinary leadership in the face of incredible adversity—a different kind of moral fiber, especially when 13 new federal court seats were confirmed the same day the U.S. House of Representatives was impeaching the president.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jentezen Franklin