For many Christians and non-Christians alike, the devotion of Evangelicals to President Donald Trump is puzzling.
But his appeal to millionaire Evangelical leaders is easier to understand.
But now people are seeing more clearly how the richest of Trump's Evangelical supporters keep the flock in line.
Faith & Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed has a book in the works. The original title was Render to God and Trump.
In it, Reed plans to tell Evangelicals of their "moral obligation" to vote for Donald Trump in 2020. Nothing like telling people God said so to get them to the ballot box.
SCOOP: Faith & Freedom head Ralph Reed is writing a book on why Christians “have a moral obligation” to back Trump… https://t.co/6n9X1Pd8NS— Gabby Orr (@Gabby Orr) 1570626830.0
But apparently the title was a little too over the top for the publisher.
Update: The publisher appears to have updated the title overnight so that "Render to God and Trump" no longer shows… https://t.co/fpq9733FwB— Gabby Orr (@Gabby Orr) 1570632434.0
Google Ralph Reed or Faith & Freedom and you'll see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Pence and many other GOP members rubbing elbows with prominent Evangelicals. So when did Evangelical Christianity become the mouthpiece of the Republican Party?
Or is it the GOP that's a mouthpiece for rich Evangelicals?
Whatever the case, people found the continued insertion of Evangelical Christianity in secular government positions of power disturbing.
@GabbyOrr_ @psalm82 This is sick. What the hell is behind this?— I am a real human in Brooklyn (@I am a real human in Brooklyn) 1570636794.0
Although most thought the almighty dollar played a bigger role in Reed's motivations than the almighty God.
@ipasuuple @GabbyOrr_ @psalm82 It's way more. It's money. It's always money— I am a real human in Brooklyn (@I am a real human in Brooklyn) 1570641265.0
@GabbyOrr_ Christianity has become morally bankrupt and if other Christians are offended by this, remember when we… https://t.co/6JRhDH9V1a— HRCSuperVol1 (@HRCSuperVol1) 1570639798.0
Hypocrisy as well as greed and a desire for power were also frequent criticisms for Evangelical leaders like Reed.
@GabbyOrr_ Also the fact that my dad and step mother used the Bible to disown me for being gay 20 yrs ago and then… https://t.co/ykpADbvd3L— HRCSuperVol1 (@HRCSuperVol1) 1570659401.0
@GabbyOrr_ @1SnoozyQ Christians have been warned about guys like Ralph Reed for 2,000 years. https://t.co/gMv2LNsmQu— Spector Hair Day (@Spector Hair Day) 1570634797.0
While Christians not in thrall to leaders like Reed, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Franklin Graham begged to differ over their moral obligations.
@GabbyOrr_ Evangelicals have a moral obligation to vote for a sexual predator and philanderer? A man whose words sh… https://t.co/TaP7Qbuqon— Terry Berger 🇺🇸 (@Terry Berger 🇺🇸) 1570644595.0
@BizballMaury @GabbyOrr_ Exactly!— Belladhanna 💜 Prince (@Belladhanna 💜 Prince) 1570633672.0
@GabbyOrr_ @EliStokols These people would deport Jesus. https://t.co/SZk7ZjI67g— Rhonda Harbison (@Rhonda Harbison) 1570631128.0
@rhonda_harbison @GabbyOrr_ @EliStokols CHRISTians have a moral obligation to the teachings of Jesus CHRIST (hence… https://t.co/t7fdzYLKiA— Amy #HereRightMatters #FreeNavalny (@Amy #HereRightMatters #FreeNavalny) 1570631591.0
@GabbyOrr_ https://t.co/f4pFgYcsxe— Mama Bean (@Mama Bean) 1570632840.0
The new title for Reed's book has yet to be announced.
But the book Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump—written by a conservative Evangelical disturbed by what they see in among their fellow Christians that gave rise to Trump—is available here.
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