Is Trump’s destruction what evangelicals really wanted?

The recent letter to the editor explaining one evangelical’s support for Trump was an appalling confirmation of my most cynical fears of why some evangelicals supported Trump. Trump hasn’t led what any Christian faith I understand could consider a virtuous life. Far, far from it. Yet some decided to cast their lot in with a narcissistic sociopath because in 2015 he suddenly started embracing their values to court the evangelical vote in 2016.

The 2020 election emphatically repudiates the notion that the ends justify the means or the man. After four years of Trump acting in Trump’s own best interests above and beyond every other thing on the planet, this country is in worse shape than it has been in decades. He knew how deadly and contagious covid-19 was, and instead of leading this nation through a crisis, he substituted magical thinking and lies. Those who looked the other way and ignored the many egregious faults of perhaps the worst president we have ever had, made a deal with the Devil and we got four years culminating in covid-19 Hell. Or, as Trump calls it, “a gift from God.”

This is not addressed to all evangelicals, just those who supported Trump for their own narrow ends. I don’t begrudge someone their religious beliefs, nor do I pretend to know what lies beyond this life. However, next time you are gathering handbaskets for a return trip somewhere warm, would you please do the Christian thing and not take the rest of us with you?

Tom Pacher

South Whidbey

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