I can't understand why people would say that they would support Trump and
nothing he could do would change that. The fact that anyone would throw their
support behind any political figure without any reservation is unbelievable to
me. I say that with all the feeling I can muster--no matter what? Seriously?! I
really don't believe it.I am trying to comprehend what that
really means, or at least what people mean when they are responding to the
question, here is my best guess:Those who would not rescind support
of Trump, no matter what he did, must be interpreting the survey question to
mean "I would support him no matter what the media said about him,"
meaning they simply wouldn't believe what was stated about him. There would
HAVE to be some things that would cause you to rescind your support, I
won't bother listing possible actions.I cannot find another way
that unflinching support of a political figure, regardless their actions, makes
any sense. Unless said political figure is adopted as deity that transcends
human perceptions about right and wrong, but who's actions are simply right
because of their status as deity.But I don't believe anybody
really feels that way..
I would like to quote something I saw today that fits this situation perfectly
with regard to many religious people who seemingly put party over faith:"...Our loyalty is not to individual leaders or political parties.
Our devotion is to God, and we take seriously the charge to place no other gods
before Him."Let's remember this when we are tempted to
follow ANY politician.
Religious people support a man like Trump at their own peril. He in no way
represents their values and behaves in a way that is most un-Christian e.g.
demonizing all who disagree, the way he treats and talks about women and
minorities, his disrespect for our planet, etc.There is just so
little of model behavior in the way Trump acts as a leader. Witness his constant
digs at all real and perceived rivals. His total lack of respect for Obama or
the Clintons. I lose respect for anyone who can't say anything nice about
someone who thinks differently. Every other political leader we've had
could be friendly with their rivals - GW Bush with the Obamas, McCain and Obama,
Reagan and O'Neill, etc. People calling themselves Christians
will absolutely destroy their credibility as followers of Christ to those they
might want to convert, and will risk destroying the faith of their children by
pretending Trump is something he is not. Look at what we have lost already in
Christianity by the despicable acts done historically in the name of the church.
How powerful when people in those instances stood up for their principles.
A big chunk of those who believe in "once-saved-always-saved" has
embraced Trump and stated that there is no way he could lose their support.
Maybe it's a mindset? I mean, Trump did get "saved" during the
election--it was in the news. So that's a done deal, right?Not
for me. Nothing is guaranteed. We've got to vigilantly fight to preserve
our freedom, values, and civilization--which are all eroding rapidly under the
current and past administrations. Trump may have some good points in his agenda,
but there's a lot of terrible stuff he and his administration have done.
His example is decimating Christian values, universal brotherhood, and common
decency--"saved" or not.
@UtahBlueDevilWell stated. It is unfathomable how quickly people
will agree with someone who actually represents everything they have previously
stood against...just because that person wears the party colors.
I guess the ends justify the means for many Evangelical Christians.Maybe the thinking is that if God needs someone truly terrible to bring about
a United States theocracy or even better, the biblical end-times, then perhaps
Trump is God's perfect tool. I mean, he's definitely
someone's tool (hey Vlad!), but is he God's tool?
add Mormons to the list of supporters -- check the polling.
I don't get how the evangelical folks could reject Mitt Romney and embrace
Trump. And then how a third of them would support him no matter what he said.
White evangelicals stand out because of their strong support for the president,
the article says. That is a very telling statistic. Read the Billy Bush
editorial. Listen to the tape, uncensored, again. Anyone who doesn't agree
with these people is accused of not having values. If that is the case, I'm
proud of it.
You know.... as much as I don't like Trump... I get Trump. It takes a
person of substantial ego to run for President of the United States. That is a
given. We tried a humble man - Carter - and it didn't work. He
wasn't able to lead through tough times. So while I wouldn't ever
vote for Trump, I get him, and understand why some are attracted to his New
Yorker elitist bravado.What I don't get, and who has lost all
credibility in my mind, are evangelicals. For a group who shunned Mormons as
not being Christian enough to now embrace a man who has not only talked about
Women in the most crude ways, but also acted in such ways, a man who lies like
it was a fine wine to be savored, I don't get their full arms embrace of
the man. He represents nothing evangelical. Their embrace is most
puzzling.I get making the focus of looking out for America. I
would expect the Canadian president to do likewise. Doesn't bug me. I
get getting immigration under control. Bush tried, and was rebuffed. This is
more than building a wall.... so I get that as well. Not opposed to all of
Trumps agenda. But I am opposed to the lying.... and tweeting..... and
dividing the nation.
We have to be careful with making too many assumptions based on statistics like
these. For example, when we meet a white evangelical we may assume they are a
supporter of President Trump - but nearly 1 in 4 disapprove of him. That's
a pretty significant number of people.