A day of reckoning for Republican evangelicals is coming, if it hasn’t already. If there’s any sentiment in the Bible that can be applied to secular life, it’s one that is repeated in both the Old and New Testaments: you will reap what you sow.
The evangelical exchange of principle for power may have stained their reputation as the “moral majority” for generations down the road, and few people could have predicted this better than former President Barack Obama.
Writing for Christian Today, Michael Wear reflects:
Obama’s understanding of and appeals to evangelicals have largely been ignored by both Republican critics and Democratic loyalists, but it was a major aspect of his political success… In 2006, a time when many fellow Democrats viewed George W. Bush’s success with evangelicals as a reason to despise them, Obama called them into politics, affirming that they did not have to leave their faith at the door.
President Obama came into Office with plans to deliver on the promise of his campaign outreach to people of faith, including evangelicals. He kept and expanded the White House faith-based initiative, creating an advisory council…that included robust evangelical participation.
Nevertheless, though he faced accusations of waging a ‘war on religion’ and ran as the first nominee to support same-sex marriage, President Obama won significantly more support from white evangelicals in his re-election campaign than Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
To be sure, there is no way for any president to act on his faith without harsh criticism. But history will show which leaders supported policies that were closest to Christ’s words —When I was hungry you gave me food, when I was thirsty you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me — and which ones didn’t (and instead made their lives more difficult).
History will show that Obama’s policies and attitudes were ultimately closer to Jesus’ message than Donald Trump‘s will ever be. Despite the religious language used by Obama while in office, he promoted his religious values without imposing his beliefs on all Americans. This administration seems to be doing the exact opposite.
Even if evangelicals disagreed with Obama’s beliefs about abortion, they had multiple opportunities to embrace him and refused. Now they’re stuck with President Albatross who will hopefully drag them down for good.
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