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Why Have Evangelicals Supported Donald Trump?

Donald Trump favored by Evangelicals

Like so many in this US election cycle, I assumed that if a moral, principled constitutionalist were to run for president, evangelical Christians would flock to him or her. With 17 candidates in the Republican field—including two with Latin backgrounds, one brilliant black surgeon, one female executive, and several professed Christians—I was optimistic we would end up with a candidate to support who was close to my criteria.

I watched in dismay as many fine candidates, including several I could support, dropped out of the race. Then came the week of the “southern primaries,” in the heart of the Bible belt. Voters had a clear choice between an evangelical who was a moral, principled constitutionalist and Donald Trump who is none of the above. The Bible-belt voters chose a man who had publicly admitted that he had never found a need to confess anything to God. Donald Trump won going away, and in the process received a majority of the evangelical vote.

What happened? How could the evangelical community support a man whose life and lifestyle, whose values and priorities were so contrary to the Bible-believing community?

Indiana repub primaryThe Indiana primary took place May 3rd. Evangelicals represented 60% of the Republican electorate. With the nomination in the balance, the moral, principled, constitutionalist evangelical candidate would be expected to win handily. But when the votes were counted, 50% of Evangelicals had voted for Trump. Once again, he won. Shortly later Senator Ted Cruz suspended his campaign.

The rise of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee leaves me in palpable dismay. How could the American people back such a man?

But that’s not the worst of it. Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee because of the support of evangelical Christians! How could that be?

Scott Waller, associate professor of political science at Biola University, has written a perceptive article that goes a long way to answering my question.

Herein, perhaps, lies the reason why so many Evangelicals have tossed their electoral hats in with Trump: as an evangelical community, few of its leaders speak about the public importance of faith and the implications of that faith in the public square. Perhaps even fewer demonstrate through their teaching what it would look like for an evangelical to live an integrated, holistic life in which theology speaks to the matters of public import beyond the private sphere of an individual’s life.

If, as Aristotle argued, politics is an inherently moral venture, then those within the evangelical community certainly have a voice in offering insights into what a just and moral state should look like and what kinds of policies a just political order must pursue. We have to ask ourselves when was the last time we were offered such teaching from our pulpits. If the answer to that question is never or rarely, then what believers are not-so-implicitly being fed is that the Christian faith cannot speak to areas of public import. As a result, evangelical voting behavior in these electoral contests may well reflect this privatization of faith. ….

If from our pulpits people rarely, if ever, hear a sermon demonstrating that the Christian faith has pertinence beyond the confines of the church walls and the private spheres of our individual lives, are we not sowing into our congregants the idea of a public-private dichotomy? Believers have mistakenly been told that while faith has much to say about an individual’s relationship with God, it does not have anything to say about the public sphere. ….

Perhaps this support for Trump is not so surprising after all. The results we have seen this primary season may be precisely because of and not in spite of what is going on in our churches each week. We are most likely observing the product of bifurcated lives driven by an erroneous secular-sacred dichotomy that Evangelicals have imbibed for years.

For Waller’s entire article go here.

3 slidesAs we have argued for years, it was a Judeo-Christian worldview that founded this country.





With the rise of Darwinism, the larger culture abandoned this worldview for the modern, atheistic-materialistic worldview.




Then about 120 years ago, in reaction to the modern, secular worldview, the leadership of the church abandoned the biblical worldview for the sacred/secular dichotomy of the ancient Greeks. We are now witnessing the consequences of the church’s abandonment of the biblical worldview.



It’s time to repent!

  • Darrow Miller




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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).


  1. Andrea von Roth

    June 6, 2016 - 11:59 am

    Donald J. Trump is the only man on earth fighting against the New World Order. Everybody has attacked him but he is doing wonderful. He has been the only candidate condemning the Muslims for their crimes against Christianity world wide. As I told you when you were in Chile, in my church we have a pastor that talks a lot about “social justice”, one time he said that the goals of communism were “good”….so! give a break we need brave Christians that defend the Rule of Law, the Constitution, Life, Liberty and Property, and to be honest Donald is doing this very well, and I am sure The Lord is with him.

    • admin

      June 6, 2016 - 4:11 pm

      Hello Andrea

      Good to hear from you. Hope things are well in Chile. You wrote that “we need brave Christians that defend the Rule of Law, the Constitution, Life, Liberty and Property.” I agree with this need. But we do not agree that Trump is that person.