To Evangelicals, Trump is The Whirlwind. And they’re fine with that.
Jon Ward
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A reminder that 20% of self-identified Evangelicals did NOT vote for Trump, and many of those who did were quite conflicted and not at all enthusiastic about their choice. This is hardly the uniform, monolithic thing that so many people both within and outside the Evangelical camp seem to believe.

Many of us check off the basic theological beliefs that define us as being Evangelicals, yet find ourselves quite out of step with so many of our co-religionists when it comes to so many cultural and political issues. We even have serious disagreements with the prevailing majority view on many theological issues of secondary importance.

Those who claim to speak for all of us actually don’t. They were not elected or appointed, but simply assumed that they have far more authority than they actually do have. The media fail to question their presumed authority, but perhaps they should. In truth, they really only speak for themselves and a small group of followers who are actually only a subset of the larger population of Evangelicals.

It must be understood, also, that Evangelicalism is a global movement and not something that is exclusive to the US. The cultural and political values of our brothers and sisters in many other countries differ quite a bit from what is typical in the US. Frankly, many of them look upon us with considerable bewilderment these days.

I would appeal to people to not paint with quite so broad a brush. Evangelicalism is actually a quite diverse and varied movement, and few generalizations really hold up under detailed scrutiny.

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