Ever since a mid-July Washington Post poll confirmed that Trump is the leading candidate among white evangelical Republicans…
But while it’s easy to chuckle at the idea of Bible Belt voters rallying for a thrice-married real estate mogul who would never dream of turning the other cheek, Trump’s evangelical backing may not be that surprising. It’s been a long time since the personal morality of a candidate was a deal breaker for evangelical Republicans. They only reluctantly backed squeaky-clean Mitt Romney in 2012 as the GOP nominee, and yet voiced few concerns in 2008 when the divorced John McCain self-identified as a Baptist who has never been baptized.
Donald Trump very much reminds me of George Wallace of the 1960s. He also had a strong following among evangelicals.
Trump is basically throwing away any moral factor to the campaign and it seems the Evangelicals that so adamantly support him are either oblivious to that fact or simply don’t care. How un-Christian is that!! I’m just not sure if the evangelical vote is well, “evangelical”. It appears to me that the tag “evangelical” is simply one used by certain groups of the population who really despise most everything they don’t agree with. Evangelical gives them a nice label similar to the KKK who also adopted it in their extreme bias against anyone different from them.
But then again from my personal experiences with evangelicals comes into focus. I did see at some level this type of behavior among those who regularly attend religious services. I heard words in the weekly bible study sessions that were to me very un-Christian like. Being a Lutheran group there were some there that simply despised Catholics and especially the Pope and most any other brand of Christianity maybe to a lesser extent. Like thousands of other religious organizations these folks were convinced that they were the only ones who had God figured out. Everyone else was simply WRONG to one degree or another. Some there railed against “those freeloaders who would rather be on welfare than get a job”. There seemed to be little or no compassion in this sub-group for those less fortunate than they were.
Were these folks, the core of this group or outliers? It’s hard to say since there were very few there, including even the minister leader, who would attempt to challenge their words.
My “question everything” attitude got me in a lot of trouble among evangelicals. It now is obvious that if I had like so many others just passively went along with what I was told everything would have been fine and I would still have a church home. I think the lesson learned by so many is just don’t speak up. They would rather be silent than chance losing the social aspects of their religious group. After all, everybody needs a clubhouse… where everybody knows your name…