What James MacDonald is saying to the Trump campaign.
When Donald Trump announced his Evangelical Executive Advisory Council, the news coverage and commentary was quite loud. Many Evangelicals were very concerned about why these leaders would seemingly tacitly support Trump.
My social media feed lit up with criticism and condemnation for many of these leaders. Why, we ask, would they support Trump?
The leaders on the executive board were not asked to endorse Mr. Trump as a prerequisite for participating on the board. Rather, the formation of the board represents Donald J. Trump’s endorsement of those diverse issues important to Evangelicals and other Christians, and his desire to have access to the wise counsel of such leaders as needed.
However, it indeed was seen as a tacit endorsement by many. And many Evangelicals are not particularly happy with how things have gone and how Evangelicals have been involved.
For example, Andy Crouch, editorial director of Christianity Today, wrote earlier today:
The lordship of Christ places constraints on the way his followers involve themselves, or entangle themselves, with earthly rulers.
Enthusiasm for a candidate like Trump gives our neighbors ample reason to doubt that we believe Jesus is Lord. They see that some of us are so self-interested, and so self-protective, that we will ally ourselves with someone who violates all that is sacred to us—in hope, almost certainly a vain hope given his mendacity and record of betrayal, that his rule will save us.
(For full disclosure, I should say that I was asked to be on the advisory council, and this perception was why I declined to be a part. Normally, I would be inclined to ...