Quick to Listen/Episode 30 | 47 min
Trump Tape Forces Deeper Conversations on Evangelical Ethics
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By now, you’ve probably seen the 2005 video of Donald Trump bragging to then–Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush about his aggressive groping and kissing of women.

If you’re running for election as a Republican, it may have encouraged you to change your strategy. (Arizona Senator John McCain dropped his endorsement. GOP House Leader Paul Ryan has said he’ll stop campaigning for Trump.)

But so far, Trump’s most vocal evangelical supporters—including James Dobson, Eric Metaxas, Tony Perkins, and Jerry Falwell—haven’t wavered in their support. (Read CT’s full report.)

“The whole thing is baffling yet predictable,” said Jemar Tisby, the president and co-founder of the Reformed African American Network.

While allegations of Trump’s previous sexual attacks on women currently make the news, his campaign won the primary while proposing a ban on Muslims from entering the US and attacking a Mexican-American judge for his heritage, actions indicative of a larger thread in Republican history, said Tisby.

“That Donald Trump, out of 16 candidates, would end up being the nominee is on one hand utterly perplexing. On the other hand it doesn’t surprise me in the sense that what he’s playing to what has been present in the GOP for decades,” he said.

But will this be true in the future?

“I’ve seen a lot of people want to say ‘The Religious Right is finished. They don’t have the clout that they had,’” said Matthew Lee Anderson, the founder of Mere Orthodoxy. “I think that it’s way too premature to say that sort of thing. We do need a couple of election cycles…One of the things that I will watch very carefully will be what happens at Liberty University on November 8.”

Tisby and Anderson join Morgan and Christianity Today’s editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, on Quick to Listen this week to discuss what has and has not changed for evangelicals following the latest Trump scandal, how Billy Graham’s political philosophy shaped Christian engagement, and what personal blind spots have been revealed in their own lives over the course of the election.

Additional Listening

In a Trump v. Clinton Election, Should Character Matter?

The Deep Roots of Our Hillary Hostility

Actually Trump, All Americans Bring Their Culture to Their Jobs

Why Voting for a Third Party Shouldn’t Ease Your Conscience

Additional Reading

The Reformed African American Network

Mere Orthodoxy

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Trump Tape Forces Deeper Conversations on Evangelical Ethics