Evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem, my former theology professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (I took one course with him), made waves when he endorsed Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020.
We spent some time at this blog reflecting on those endorsements. See:
Wayne Grudem is still defending Trump (August 2020)
Wayne Grudem Lives in a Different Moral Universe Than I Do (December 2019)
Now Grudem seems to have left the Trump train for the following reasons:
- Trump refused to admit he lost the 2020 election, despite the fact that Democrats tried to rig it.
- Trump refused to call off the protestors on January 6, 2021.
- Trump was responsible for Republicans losing the Senate by backing “weak candidates” such as Herschel Walker and Mehmet Oz.
- Trump has legal problems, despite the fact that “the legal charges against Trump do not stem from impartial attempts to pursue equal justice under the law but instead stem from the horrible misuse of prosecutorial authority by Trump haters…”
- Trump is too old.
- Concerns about Trump’s character. (Apparently, in Grudem’s mind, there were not any “character” issues in 2016 and 2020).
- People are tired of Trump.
Here is more from Grudem’s piece at the conservative PJ Media:
Donald Trump now faces a difficult choice.
Plan A is that Trump stays in the race and wins the Republican nomination but loses the general election. His legacy then will be that he made a good start in 2017-2021, but after that, he and the candidates he supported led the Republicans to defeat in 2020, 2022, and 2024, and all his reforms were lost.
Plan B is that Trump drops out of the race and a younger Republican wins the nomination and the general election. This new president will support policies similar to those that President Trump so effectively advocated. Therefore, Trump’s legacy will be secured. He will be remembered as a remarkable change agent who began to free us from the domination of a federal government that had become far too big and far too powerful.
If Trump follows Plan B, he will still be remembered as a president who brought millions of working-class Americans into the Republican fold, including millions of black and Hispanic voters. He will also be remembered as a president who rebuilt our military, restored the dominance of originalism in our courts, cut taxes, strengthened the economy, showed us how to effectively secure the border, brought new hope for genuine peace in the Middle East, made us the dominant source of world energy, deterred aggression by Rusia and China, defeated ISIS, and did many other good things.
And if he drops out now, Trump will also be remembered as the ex-president who, with commendable humility, put the good of the country ahead of his own personal ambition and withdrew from the race so that a more electable Republican could become president and could spend the next eight years solidifying the policies that Trump began in 2017-2021.
Yes, dropping out would require a dose of humility, a quality not common among politicians. But humility is frequently recommended in the Bible: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; also 1 Peter 5:5).
Finally, I hope that the new Republican president on January 20, 2025, will issue a wide-ranging pardon to Trump, thus rebuking the Democrats’ shameful attempts to use the Department of Justice as a political weapon to persecute members of the other party. This is a practice followed in corrupt third-world nations, but it is a practice unworthy of this great nation, and no honorable president or political party should tolerate its existence in the United States of America.
Again, read the entire piece here and draw your own conclusions about Grudem’s political commentary.
Here’s my question: Is Grudem just offering his political views in this piece, or is he prophesying?
And don’t think for a second that Grudem will not endorse Trump in a Biden-Trump general election race.