In my attempts to understand why Donald Trump is running away with the Republican primaries, I read a few of the many articles trying to explain this phenomenon. One in particular caught my attention. Ben Domenec, in Why Evangelicals Are Born Again for Donald Trump (see link below), makes some good observations about why southern evangelicals are breaking from their traditional pattern of voting for someone who represents their Christian values—something Trump clearly does not. The simple answer is that evangelicals have lost their battles on just about every political and social front possible in recent years, and the one thing they have left is the right to be bitter about it.
Okay, Domenec didn’t say it quite that way. Here’s what he did say:
Having lost the fight over public religious displays, decency in music and film, abortion, and now same-sex marriage, the religious right-wing is now fighting a battle over religious liberty—which is being framed as the right to not go along with what we don’t agree with.
If I don’t agree with a law requiring my company to pay for contraceptives for my employees, I shouldn’t have to pay it. If I don’t agree with the morality of same-sex marriage, I shouldn’t have to bake a cake for a same-sex couple or photograph their wedding. If I want to pray in front of my students in a public school, I should be able to. If the majority living in a county or city want public displays of the Ten Commandments or only Christian prayers at public meetings, they should get what they want. Isn’t that what the First Amendment guarantees? If the Constitution can be used to protect atheists, Satanists, and Muslims, why can’t it protect us?
Not only do many Christians feel on the losing side of the culture wars, but they are now being cast as the bad guys in those wars. They are the haters, the bigots, the politically incorrect. And the one person standing out loudly against political correctness is the person for whom they will cast their vote—Donald Trump.
I have a response to these Christians, but it’s a long one. I wrote a whole book about it. I just finished updating that book and hope to have it ready for purchase sometime next week. Here is a brief excerpt from chapter one:
Many have watched the changing religious landscape and wondered what has gone wrong.
I’ll let you know when the book is available. I hope you’ll buy it.
What is my mission as an author? The goal dearest to my heart is to help Christians think about what they really believe and then to act as if they believe it. It all begins with understanding what it means to be a Christian. Then we have to learn to live like a Christian.