Daniel Burke has it covered at CNN. He talked to Franklin Graham, Peter Wehner, Warren Throckmorton, Michelle Margolis, and your truly.
The most revealing part of this article is when Burke asked Graham to respond to Christians who think Trump hurts the church. Burke writes: “Asked how he would answer critics who say that Trump and his evangelical allies are actually a threat to the church, Graham declined to engage the question. ‘I wouldn’t even answer a person like that. I don’t think it’s valid at all.'”
This is yet another example of the current divide in American evangelicalism. Graham is incapable of understanding that there are people who share his faith and also believe Trump is damaging the witness of the Gospel. And if such people do exist (and they do), he seems to suggest that he has nothing to say to them because they are wrong.
Here is a taste of Burke’s piece:
Because of his charity work and family name, Graham carries immense influence over American evangelicals, said John Fea, author of “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.”
“What he says politically is going to sway how many American evangelicals vote and pray.”
But Fea is among the evangelicals critical of Graham’s pro-Trump prayer event.
The historian notes that Graham ended his Facebook post with a dark biblical warning about the array of spiritual forces aligned against contemporary Christians.
“That’s a code verse,” Fea said. “It sends a clear message to his followers that there is something at work here beyond politics. He’s saying that America is under spiritual attack and equating the attacks on Trump with that.”
Graham said he doesn’t agree with all of Trump’s policies and that God commands Christians to pray for their secular leaders. “If he’s a good President, it benefits every American of every race and gender.” Still, Graham acknowledged that Trump has been an especially attentive patron to his evangelical base, calling him the “most pro-Christian President in my lifetime.”
But other evangelicals have noted the obvious: That Trump’s actions as President have not, and likely will not, benefit everyone.
Read the entire article here.