This week, a divisive and unprecedented election season culminated in a win for Republican nominee Donald Trump. Exit polls reported that four out of five white voters who self-identified as “evangelical” voted for him. Following the election, CT surveyed the reactions of evangelical leaders.
Responses are listed alphabetically.
Matthew Lee Anderson: “I have not lost any of the skepticism”
Founder of Mere Orthodoxy
“As one who opposed both our major party candidates, I am glad that the campaign is over and hopeful that America will endure the four years ahead. … Yet while the hope I feel is real, I have not lost any of the skepticism I have frequently registered about the effects of a Trump presidency on evangelicalism, on racial minorities, and on America. That skepticism will not be alleviated for a long time to come.”
Thabiti Anyabwile: “Now the work begins afresh”
Pastor, Anacostia River Church, Washington, DC
“I am doing well following the election. Our political process worked again, and that’s a blessing. The result is not what I wanted. Ideally, I longed for a way for both major party candidates to lose. And Mr. Trump’s election was, by a sliver, the worse possible outcome in my mind. But I’m confident in the goodness of God and his loving rule of all things. And I’m confident that my ministry of prayer for the president will produce more than all my political participation. Now the work begins afresh—on my knees and in continued engagement.”
Barry C. Black: “Grateful, optimistic, and satisfied”
Chaplain of the United States Senate
"Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States, and I feel grateful, optimistic, and satisfied. I feel grateful because 1 Thessalonians 5:18 admonishes, ‘In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you in Christ Jesus.’ I feel optimistic because of Romans 8:28: ‘in everything God is working for the good of those who love him, who are the called according to his purposes.’ I also feel satisfied because Philippians 4:12 declares, ‘I have learned in every state to feel contentment.’ In short, after the election of any president, as a person of faith I know I have nothing to fear."
Jonathan Brooks: “I thought we had made progress”
Senior pastor, Canaan Community Church, Chicago, Illinois
“Donald Trump is our president and I am speechless. Deep down inside, despite what we have seen over that last few years, I thought we had made progress. I just knew that a blatant racist and accused misogynist could not be the leader of our country. But I was wrong! America proved that we care more about preserving a way of life that privileges a few than protecting the lives of our most marginalized.”
Kathryn Freeman: “Reeling and still in shock”
Director of public policy for the Christian Life Commission in Austin, Texas
“I am reeling and still in shock. It has been disorienting to see so many evangelicals— including the ones who say they care about racial justice and esteem women—choose a candidate whose message and language was so demeaning and in some ways downright hateful to those groups. As an African American woman, I am particularly troubled and concerned. Yet, even in my sadness, I am hopeful that God will bring something beautiful from this feeling of brokenness.”
Dominique Gilliard: “What did this communicate to the world about our God?”