As the total madness of the Trump “presidential” quest veers into outright racism, one evangelical stands up and pushes back, as does this evangelical magazine.
Trump would dismiss leader at Anacostia River Church, Nick Rodriguez since his name sounds suspiciously Hispanic and his skin is brown.
Bonhoeffer would applaud Rodriguez. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident.)
The rest of us should say thank you to the Gospel Coalition for doing their bit to salvage the reputation of people calling themselves Christians at this dark moment in American history… albeit, they feel compelled to distance themselves from their own courage by adding an editor’s note to this article saying it does not express their views.
At least they printed it! Where’s everyone else? Here are the main points I’ve excerpted from the full article…
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from a friend, fellow church member, and leader at Anacostia River Church, Nick Rodriguez. By day, Nick works in education policy and reform. But he’s a full-time husband and father who loves the Lord Jesus Christ. The views expressed here are Nick’s. They do not represent the views of Anacostia River Church or The Gospel Coalition. If interested in more of my personal views on this topic, see here and here.
Last week, Donald Trump officially secured the number of delegates needed to win the Republican nomination … Trump’s nomination has presented evangelical Christians with a difficult choice: support Trump, support Hillary Clinton…
…Some believe that while Trump would be bad, Hillary would be just as bad (or close enough that it doesn’t really matter). So they counsel no vote, or a vote for a third party. Others are undecided. But a very small minority, including my host on this blog, have decided (at least for now) to vote for Hillary.
I’m writing this post in Thabiti’s space both to add my voice to his and to make a claim that goes a little further: I think that evangelical leaders – in particular, conservative evangelical leaders – need to use all the influence God has given them to encourage thinking Christians to vote for Hillary Clinton. No dithering; no qualifications. The stakes are simply too high.
Let me back up for a moment and share a little bit about where I’m coming from. I’m a member of Thabiti’s church and a person of color. I’m also a lifelong Democrat. I became a believer just over 10 years ago, and while my views on life and marriage changed, most of the rest of my political beliefs – which align with those of the Democratic party – did not.