Why do conservative Christians support Trump

Support for the protector of religion

Washington. "Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president," it says on T-shirts that white evangelicals in the USA like to wear. 77 percent of white evangelical voters voted for Donald Trump four years ago. This year, too, most of them will probably vote for the president's election. Regardless of personal misconduct, they consider Trump to be the protector of Christianity and an advocate of a traditional way of life. The legal Christian association "Faith and Freedom Coalition" is investing 40 million dollars in the election campaign according to its own information. The association wants to personally contact around five million potential voters and register new voters. Four years ago, 26 percent of the total electorate declared they were evangelical white Christians.

In Las Vegas (Nevada) the pastor of the Free Chapel, Jentezen Franklin, praised at an "Evangelicals for Trump" event that never before had a president done so much for the protection of life, freedom of religion and the state of Israel. The newspaper "Las Vegas Review-Journal" quoted the speaker, Pastor Tony Suarez, as saying that God had made Trump president.

In early September, Trump voters gathered in the "City Church" in Huntersville, North Carolina, as a television station reported. The Democrats are the party of atheists, warned President's son Eric Trump. At the end of September, the Baptist preacher and Trump ally Franklin Graham is planning a "prayer march" in the capital Washington. According to a poll by Pew Research conducted at the end of June, Donald Trump would receive 82 percent of the vote of white evangelical Christians. A little more than four years ago.

Who the evangelicals are is a complex question. In religious terms, evangelicals are converted Christians who have a "personal relationship" with Jesus Christ. They feel the mandate to convey the gospel to non-believers. Evangelicals rejected secular politics until the 1970s. The Baptist Jimmy Carter was the first modern evangelical president. The Democratic politician lost his fellow believers to the Republican Ronald Reagan and new conservative associations such as the legendary "Moral Majority."

In the US political context, evangelicals mean white conservative Christians. The conservative evangelical movement is predominantly white. Historian John Fea of ​​the Christian Messiah University in Pennsylvania writes in it live the idea of ​​a vanished "golden Christian age".

Pentecostal-oriented Christians are often counted among the evangelicals. Trump's spiritual advisor, minister Paula White, comes from this milieu. She is a representative of the "gospel of prosperity." God wants believers to live in prosperity. White said on her television program earlier this year that she had been raptured into the heavenly "throne room." God brought them back to earth in "certain places," including the White House.

But some pastors are also concerned about the evangelicals' connection with Trump. The evangelical theologian Ronald Sider has published a book with essays by 30 evangelicals on the power-politically tempting, spiritual danger posed by Trump. The president of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Union, the largest Protestant church in the USA, complained a few days ago of falling out among evangelicals. He heard angry and insulting statements from Christians.

You don't know what Trump himself believes. In interviews he spoke appreciatively about the self-help author and pastor Norman Vincent Peale, who died in 1993 and is famous for his teaching of the »power of positive thinking«.

In a preprint of the memoirs of Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, published by the Washington Post, the following passage can be read: At a meeting between Trump and evangelicals, Trump was prayed for and hands were laid on him. Trump said afterwards: “Can you believe this bullshit? Can you believe someone believes this bullshit? ”The White House rejected Cohen's book as a“ lie ”. epd / nd

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