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Evangelicals Voted To Put Trump in Office, He Repays Them Nicely

December 11, 2016

 

Donald Trump has a tight relationship with the evangelical community who voted to get him elected, and who in turn are expecting him to make good on his promises of giving them a voice and fighting for the issues important to them. While campaigning, Mr. Trump established an evangelical advisory board as well as a Roman Catholic advisory board; and while most presidents disband their advisory boards after the election, Donald Trump seems to be keeping them on throughout his transition and afterwards as related in a piece on Politico titled “Trump’s religious dealmaking pays dividends.”

 

 A portion of the article reads thus: “And for the New York businessman [Donald Trump] who prides himself on deal-making aptitude, building relationships — often by making policy promises that go well beyond what previous, more traditionally conservative candidates have pledged — has defined his outreach to the network of previously wary Christian leaders who helped him win the presidency. And now, that transactional cycle seems likely to shape his White House agenda on issues of interest to the religious right… As Trump heads to the White House, the leaders who helped guide his policy promises, lending him credibility with evangelical voters in the process, say he is still keeping them in his orbit as the transition process unfolds, aware of the role their community played in getting him to the presidency in the first place…’Mr. Trump evidently told his staff he wanted to keep the advisory board intact, he wanted us to continue to meet, to give him advice, and I will tell you, I have been surprised at the level to which the transition team has solicited our input on personnel,’ said Richard Land, a longtime leader in Southern Baptist politics…There are discussions underway for the board to meet in person in Washington. And they have already been asked by the transition team to provide names for key slots in the administration, including for faith-based offices…‘I will say, having been involved with administrations from Reagan’s forward, this is the most solicitous that any incoming administration has been for input from evangelicals concerning personnel decisions that I’ve experienced,’ Land said, going on to add…‘He’s very grateful for the faith community, he wants your input.’ That didn’t even happen under George W. Bush. They were willing to take our recommendations, but they didn’t actively solicit them three times before inauguration.’”[1]

 

The individuals on Trump’s advisory board represent different “Christian” denominations, but most of them agree on issues of morality and Sunday sacredness.  One can expect to see from such zealous Christians an aggressive push for the unification of church and state under the guise of restoring morality and peace to the nation, with the church dictating to the state and the state following. We know that the time is not at all far distant when religious principles and policies will be enforced by law and every principle of our constitution will be repudiated and liberty of conscience, which has been so dearly purchased, will be trodden under foot as well as those who stand for it.

 

“When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.”[2]  Get ready, get ready, get ready!

 

 

 

 

[1] http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-religious-dealmaking-dividends-232277

 

 

[2] White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 445

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