Trump Provokes Crisis In American Christianity
The bulk of Donald Trump’s support comes from American Christians. It’s also true that most supporters of Donald Trump are Christians. Without the vote of Christian Americans, Donald Trump wouldn’t have received more than a tiny portion of the popular vote. More than 60 percent of American voters following non-Christian religions voted against Donald Trump in the 2016 election, while 68 percent of religiously nonaffiliated Americans voted against Trump. On the other hand, the majority of American Catholics, Protestants, Mormons and members of other Christian sects voted for Trump.
In theory, there are some foundations within Christianity for opposition to Donald Trump. The New Testament, for example, contains a letter from the apostle Paul warning against the leadership of people like Donald Trump and his Cabinet stuffed with millionaires and billionaires. “They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition,” the letter reads.
Then there’s that admonition in the Christian holy book that admonishes people not to “give false witness”. As President, Donald Trump is currently at a rate of telling four lies per day.
So far, however most American Christians have ignored such aspects of their religion. Instead, they’ve been captivated by Trump’s repeated promises to elevate Christians over other Americans, giving them special government privileges and the assistance of federal promotion of Christianity over all other religions. The majority of Christian America has been seduced by this call to power, forgetting the call of humility, peace, and acceptance of those who live at the margins of society that they claim their religion stands for.
It’s no wonder that, year by year, a smaller portion of the American population is categorizing itself as Christian. Donald Trump’s astonishingly awful and proudly Christian presidency may serve as the death knell for majority Christian identity in the United States.