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Can you be a good Christian and still support Trump?

A recent PRRI survey found white evangelical support for President Trump is at an all-time high: 75 percent express a positive view of the president. Many feel "Christians for Trump" is an oxymoron—from his wealth, divorces and infidelities, to his treatment of immigrants, refugees and women, this man is no follower of Christ. But Christians applaud his appointments of pro-life judges, defense of faith-based institutions and robust support for Israel. Can you love Jesus and Donald Trump?

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Furthering the pro-life agenda is the number one priority for many white Christian evangelicals. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have spoken out strongly against abortion, and have pledged to withhold funds from Planned Parenthood and family planning agencies worldwide that even mention abortion. 

In the image below, evangelical leaders including megachurch pastors Paula White of Florida and Mark Burns of South Carolina, former Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and three Southern Baptist pastors lay hands on the president in the Oval Office.

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Religious liberty, abstinence-only education and opposition to state-mandated birth control are also issues the evangelical community says Trump has delivered on. They argue ending abortion and guaranteeing religious freedom for Christians matters far more than Trump's past behavior in his marriages or his businesses.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump pledged to defend religious liberty, stand up for unborn life and appoint conservative jurists to the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts. And he has done exactly what he promised. The pro-abortion lobby NARAL complains that Trump has been “relentless” on these fronts, declaring his administration “the worst . . . that we’ve ever seen.” That is more important to most Christian conservatives than what the president may have done with a porn actress more than 10 years ago.
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But others argue that for white born-again Christians, Trump's racism and misogyny isn't a bug: it's a feature. Trump doesn't follow Christ's teachings of tolerance, generosity and nonviolence, but then again, neither do America's evangelicals.

When white conservative evangelicals feel threatened by cultural change, the old demons of racism and misogyny, which lurk at the heart of the American evangelical tradition, return with a vengeance. Trump is just another chapter in that story.
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At The Nation, Katha Pollitt argues that Trump's presidency has completely discredited the evangelical community's claims to be followers of Christ and revealed them to be hypocrites who prefer authoritarianism to Christianity.

They’ve sold their souls to Donald Trump, who has partaken freely of practically every vice and depravity known to man. Urged on by their leaders, 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump—more than voted for George W. Bush, an actual evangelical—and now everyone is laughing at them. It’s about time.
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Many Christians are still horrified at how many of their brethren have embraced President Trump and his policies.

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And some argue that you can choose between being a Christian or supporting President Trump, but you can't do both.

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Others say he is by far the most Christian president we've ever had.

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