In October 2016, an Access Hollywood video clip of Donald Trump making demeaning remarks about women was leaked.
In the aftermath of this revelation, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Al Mohler, wrote for The Washington Post, “Trump’s horrifying statements, heard in his own proud voice, revealed an objectification of women and a sexual predation that must make continued support for Trump impossible for any evangelical leader.”
But last week, Mohler said that the “partisan divide had become so great” and Democrats had “swerved so far to the left” on issues of abortion, religious liberty, and LGBT policies that he planned to vote Republican for the rest of his life. This, of course, includes voting to reelect Trump this fall.
One of the disappointing things about Mohler’s remarks was that they came during a pandemic and a terrible economic downturn, said conservative evangelical writer David French, who has been outspoken about his opposition to Trump since 2016.
“While I don’t put all that on Trump’s feet, he just did some really incompetent things that had a severe cost,” said French. “And then to come in the middle of that, while we’re bearing that cost, and to say ‘Four more years,’ seems to be indicating that evangelicals are saying, ‘As long as you’re okay on the checklist, no matter your character, no matter what else is happening in the country, we’re with you.’ I just found that to be very narrow.”
French joined digital media producer Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss what white evangelicals can learn about political engagement from black Christians, ...1
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