A Letter to My Fellow Evangelicals
By Tai Anderson, November 12, 2106
On October 14th, I wrote a letter to my fellow evangelicals to be read on the morning of November 9th. I wrote the letter with the presupposition that Donald Trump’s bid to win the presidency would fall short. I was wrong. I believed the data that every poll seemed to indicate that Trump could not turn the electoral college to his advantage. I was wrong. I believed that white women would be just as disgusted as I had been with the “Trump Tape” revelations and would never give their support to Trump. I was wrong. I believed that our country would respond empathetically to the dozen women that came forward to allege sexual abuse. I was wrong. I imagined that Christians would finally have an “emperor wears no clothes” moment, and not give their support to a man so obviously beholden to his own ego. I was wrong. I believed that Christians would wake up and realize that they were supporting a candidate that has stirred up racism and hate. I was wrong.
I was directing my blog to the evangelical Christian community in which I have always identified. With all the data that was incorrect leading up to this election, the data that has remained unquestioned is that Donald Trump enjoyed and enjoys the overwhelming support of white evangelicals. He did not have mine. I was hoping that my blog would be received as a “prophetic voice” imploring my fellow Christians to not support Donald Trump. I don’t think I changed a single mind and probably just pissed you off. Evangelicals, this isn’t just our president in the way that he is all of our president. He is uniquely ours.
We own it all. We own his character. We his own his temperament. We own the way that so many of our neighbors feel right now.
I wrapped up the blog with this sentiment…
It might not feel like it right now, but we have really won this election. The ability to share the “good news” of a gospel that is supposed to be good news for the poor would have been much more difficult with a man representing us in the white house to our nation and the world who demonstrates none of the fruits of the spirit we are called to bear, all under the pretense of a Christian banner. The ability to authentically share our faith would have been much more difficult. That’s supposed to be our priority as evangelicals, to point others to Jesus.
As we model humility to our neighbors, they will once again give us audience to share the gospel story again. When we learn to love our neighbors again, they will ask us what motivates our charity, and we can point them to a relationship with Christ.
I still feel the way I did a month ago with the exception of the first sentence. I believe that evangelicals won the election and lost their witness.
Please, please, please prove me wrong again.