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Evangelical Views of the 2016 Election Norman Geisler on Why Hes Supporting Trump and not Changing His Mind

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Trump supporter answers common Evangelical objections

He’s certainly changed his views over the years, so how can you trust his stance on issues of evangelical concern (e.g. abortion, same-sex marriage) once he is elected?
This question seems to suppose that it is wrong to change your view, even when you are wrong. By this logic the Supreme Court should never have changed its view in the Dred Scott decision (1857) when it pronounced Blacks not to be regarded as “persons” under the Constitution. It is always right to admit when you are wrong. It is a sign of maturity that we should admire in a leader. Of course, we have no guarantee that candidates won’t change their views after the election. But there is less chance that Hillary will change her views and become a pro-life supporter than that Trump will become pro-abortion after he is elected. So, if you want to save unborn lives, your odds are much better with Trump.
I think most people would agree he’s said some offensive things about certain groups and people, with many expressing concern about how he speaks of or treats minorities, the handicapped, women, and others. How can evangelicals support someone who speaks this way of people made in the image of God?
Whether we like it or not, when we vote for president we are not voting for Pastor-in-Chief. Rather, we are voting for Commander-in-Chief. The qualifications for the two jobs are different. Further, Trump has expressed regret for offensive things he has said. Hillary has not shown regret for the numerous lies she has told—many of which the FBI has reported. Also, we must remind ourselves that we are all fallen creatures in a fallen world. We don’t have any perfect candidates. So we must choose among imperfect ones. Finally, we have ...

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