I think there’s a 50-50 chance Donald Trump drops out of the race. (I know he said today that he will never withdraw. I have no reason to believe him.) I doubt Trump lost much of his base after this, the latest in a long line of outrageous behaviors, but he is very publicly losing support from a few prominent Republicans who were going to vote for him only while holding their noses.
If Trump does withdraw, many so-called evangelical “leaders” who endorsed and stuck by Trump (Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, and others) will probably breathe a sigh of relief, and say, “Well, I guess we dodged that bullet.” Then they’ll pretend for years to come that they never wanted Trump to be president in the first place. We can’t let that happen.
Assuming Trump leaves, a case could be made that the United States was merely grazed by a bullet. But American evangelicalism won’t be so lucky. And, frankly, that’s as it should be. I agree with Richard Rohr, who said that “the evangelical support of Trump will be an indictment against its validity as a Christian movement for generations to come.”
If evangelicals want to speed up the healing process, at least a little, they need to withdraw support for Donald Trump now, publicly apologize to the American people, spend at least a couple election cycles on the sidelines (or get out of the game altogether), and see what the return policy is for deals made with the political devil.… Read the rest