There is a fascinating socio-political-religious study to examine among Evangelicals before, during, and after Donald Trump’s presidency. Before the 45th Commander-in-chief, Evangelicals overwhelming indicated that the faith and character of political candidates mattered more than their policy stances.
The poll, conducted by PRRI, found in just five years, white evangelicals have become much more likely to say a person who commits an “immoral” act can behave ethically in a public role. In 2011, just 30 percent of these evangelicals said this, but that number has more than doubled to 72 percent in a recent survey.
We do not get here because millions of Christians radically shift their morals for one man. We get here because millions of Christians have bought the well-orchestrated propaganda among evangelical leaders, media moguls, and the conservative political machine.
“Any system will have its flaws, and no human system should receive our ultimate loyalty. We will be sorely disappointed if we put our hope in fallible and imperfect institutions,” said Kaitlyn Schiess on the CBF Podcast.
Schiess is the author of “The Liturgy of Politics,” a book examining our faith-based relationship with politics and politicians. She is also ThD from Duke University Divinity School, contributing to Sojourners, Christianity Today, The New York Times, Christ and Pop Culture, and Relevant Magazine.
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the Associate Executive Coordinator of CBF North Carolina. He’s also served as CBF’s Church Start Specialist, the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton, and the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. Follow on Twitter @haleandy.