Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump & Evangelicals

Source: | 27 Jan. 2016 | PT Elliott


Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals

by Peter T. Elliott

This morning, like most mornings now, I found myself reading an article on Donald Trump’s candidacy. Everyday I ask myself the question, “How can so many American Evangelicals support such an openly narcissistic, power driven man?” Sarah Palin endorsed him, Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, endorsed him,[1] and not too long ago, a poll was released that showed that Evangelical Christians as a whole are gravitating to Trump.[2]

But, this article I read today gave me a much needed answer as to why Americans and specifically republican “anti-establishment” Evangelicals are gravitating toward Donald Trump. The author, Gina Dalfonzo, asserted, and rightfully so, that when fear is driving a certain people group, they will seek safety and power in the wrong places. The author then went on to make the connection that the American people, specifically “anti-establishment” republicans, are putting their faith in Donald Trump, because he projects an unwavering, albeit narcissistic, strength. She even takes a particular jab at American Evangelicals it seems, when she states, “Some who have professed faith in Jesus Christ are lured by a man who openly puts all his faith in power and money, the very things Christ warned us against prizing too highly.”[3]


Americans are scared. And, when humans fear they look for security. And, what appeals to humans seeking security? Strength. This is why Trump is so appealing; he exudes a certain unwavering cockiness that somehow appeals to people as “strength.” But, Evangelical Christians must remember that to exchange morality and virtue for strength and power is to reject an important Christian principle.


American Evangelicals, by voting for Trump, are rejecting a key principle from the message of Christ and his incarnation: personal power is not to be prized.


I could to try and sway Evangelical voters by pointing to Trump’s not so morally consistent business and personal history. I could easily point to Trump’s multiple divorces,[4] his business endeavors, the fact he owned the nation’s first-ever casino strip club,[5] the fact that he preys on the weak by using his power to take their land through eminent domain,[6] his previous support of abortion, his sexist[7] and racist remarks,[8] and much more.[9]  But, more than…


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  • slhancock1948 #1732

    Just found this a few minutes ago. A very good article…especially in light of our frustrations with Trump’s dominance and the people’s unwitting cult-following.

    Gives us some direction to pray with more success.

    Pray for righteousness to be restored and for the peace of Jerusalem

    slhancock1948 #1733

    BTW…I found this posted at Politibrew, then went to the source. I have to admit that since leaving FR, I have found a lot of other sites I didn’t know existed…some really great ones! Didn’t know what I was missing. But one thing I was sorely missing at FR was the common Christian fellowship we seemed to have there at first, but over time was being diluted by non-believers. I have come to meet a plethora of new brothers and sisters, and now more then ever, we need each other!

    Pray for righteousness to be restored and for the peace of Jerusalem

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