Great piece. Thank you for committing your time and skills to both the enjoyable (writing things like this) and the nitty-gritty (going door-to-door, making phone calls, and probably being rebuffed and rejected more than you deserve!) work that needs to be done to get our country through this election in one piece (or at least in repairable condition). I’m not particularly religious, but it hurts me to see decent and smart faithful Americans who should know better than to justify supporting Trump with any mention of their faith, but do it anyway.
As depressing as so much about this election may be, the hypocrisy that is required for evangelical faith leaders to remain behind Trump through November may expose those who care more about money, politics, power or hate than they do about faith or embodying the teachings of Christ. This election will present the opportunity for all Christians to realign themselves politically, toward attitudes and policies that are more consistent with the message of Christ.
Maybe the moderate “Christian Left” can turn into the “Christian Center” by including more evangelicals, as well as Catholics, mainline Protestants and Mormons who have been repulsed by Trump and the religious right’s hypocrisy in defending him. A “Christian Center” could have more influence on issues like abortion, abstinence education, the right to be personally against homosexuality, and even protecting more traditional gender roles for those women and men who don’t wish(or deserve) to be shamed for actually wanting the same relationship that their grandparents had.
The Christian right has succeeded only in dividing the country with these issues, and their refusal to compromise or respect the majority of Americans' less fervent faith has left them feeling alienated. A “Christian Center” movement could make compromises and protect their members from the sometimes overly-judgmental effects of “liberal/inclusive/Hollywood political correctness.” A moderate Christian political movement that approaches the other side with respect, espouses hate, and starts off with the goal of reaching a compromise would end up feeling more respected (and less “under attack”) by America as a whole, and the government in particular.