Could evangelicals be viewed as hypocrites?

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Author: Beat Soltermann, Washington

  • 81 percent of the white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in November.
  • At the "National Prayer Breakfast" last week Trump spoke about his beliefs.
  • Trump signed a decree that gave the money for Abortions Abroad deletes.
  • He promised more religious concerns to implement this important group of voters.

Almost 3,000 believers were sitting in the hall when President Donald Trump came to the lectern. "National Prayer Breakfast" is the name of the event in Washington, which has been held every year since 1953.

Trump first talks about his TV show "The Apprentice", which has recently been moderated by Arnold Schwarzenegger and has poor audience ratings. “Please pray for Arnold and better quotas,” Trump calls on the audience. Later he also speaks more seriously about religion, but in the whole speech it is unmistakable: Belief in God is not a matter of the heart for the Republican.

"Trump has little to do with Christianity"

Many Christians struggled to vote for Trump - precisely because of his personality, says David Christensen of the influential religious lobby organization "Family Research Council". A third-married candidate who seems to know charity only for himself, who gropes women, berates people, and misquotes Bible verses is indeed not the first choice for devout Christians.

And yet Trump got 81 percent of the vote of the white evangelicals, more than President George W. Bush, and he was a born again Christian after all. Without these votes, Trump would not have won.

The guests at the “National Prayer Breakfast” also gave him their vote. Trump doesn't have much to do with Christian tradition. But he has a lot of people around him who can advise him on religious issues, says John from Colorado. "We all have our past," said Steven from California.

Let those who are without sin among you cast the first stone.
Author: JesusJohn Gospel 8: 7

"Choose me and I will fulfill your requests for it"

Trump is not a Christian role model in terms of his way of life and his religious practice, but he made a pact with the evangelicals in the election campaign, says Frederick Clarkson, who studies Christian fundamentalism in the USA for the progressive think tank "Political Research Associates".

The pact is: you elect me, and I will implement your concerns as President. And that's exactly what Trump is doing in the White House. "He's been doing pretty well so far," praised David Christensen from the Family Research Council.

Trump, for example, issued a decree prohibiting public funding of abortions abroad. And in Neil Gorsuch he has nominated a staunchly conservative judge for the Supreme Court.

He also promotes the two most important concerns of evangelicals. He wants to introduce special rules for Christians who, because of their faith, do not want to do business with same-sex couples - for example hosts who do not want to serve gay couples. Something the Obama administration fought against because they saw it as discrimination. Trump also wants to set up barriers to abortion, even though the Supreme Court made abortion legal in 1973.

Trump's actions sanctify the election of the president

The New York Times recently wrote that Trump was a Trojan horse for Christian rights. What he does is more important than what he is, says Christensen. Trump's actions sanctify the election of the president for evangelicals.

Forces critical of the church see the border between state and religion crumbling. No recent president has appointed more devout Christians to his cabinet than Trump. That would have an impact on the work of the federal administration, warns Frederick Clarkson of the Political Research Associates.

Neither Reagan nor the Bushs gave the evangelicals as much as Trump, he says. This has not escaped the guests at the “National Prayer Breakfast” either. You have taken Trump to the heart.

Trump spoke about Jesus and his faith. At least he sounded like a Christian, says Lisa from Tennessee. As long as the conservative Christians feel so well served by Trump, they will forgive him for his way of life.

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  • Comment from Benito Perez (Adelante)
    Politics is about asserting your own interests and that is what EVERYONE does.
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  • Comment from Benjamin Stricker (benschi)
    a distinction has to be made between "paper-based Christians" and the radical and fundamentalists or the religious and the believers. there is no danger from the radicals and fundamentalists. they are full of god on the road and live in faith and with the fruits that faith gives (love, mercy, etc.) the paper man, on the other hand, describes himself as christ but does not live according to it ubd did not accept god. Money, power and sex, what earthly person does not strive for it?
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  • Comment from Karl Kirchhoff (Charly)
    Alone in this small forum you can see what kind of bickering the question of faith triggers! The most devout missionaries are the most angry. Good example of the negative influence religion can have. If I am happy, I have nothing to do with that!
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    1. answer from Beat Reuteler (br)
      Right now, I am not aware of a single writer in this forum as a Missinar. Your post is completely in the reeds.
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    2. answer from Karl Kirchhoff (Charly)
      @reuteler The difference. You believe in the power of prayer, I believe in common sense. With many of the people I have mentioned, this seems to have faded into the background or disappeared completely.
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