A Christian right leader blasted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his meeting with Christian conservatives, calling it “the end of the Christian right.”
Trump spoke to Christian conservatives in New York City Tuesday to rally their support against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Michael Farris, chancellor of the conservative Patrick Henry College and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, published an editorial on Facebook and later in the Christian Post mourning the meeting as the end of the Christian right.
Farris wrote that he attended the first Moral Majority meeting in 1980. He said the first meeting was about finding a candidate with a “biblical worldview and good character,” but now, that desire has apparently gone as “a candidate whose worldview is greed and whose god is his appetites (Philippians 3) is being tacitly endorsed by this throng.”
In the speech, Trump promised to give churches more freedom to work in politics without risking their tax exemption. He also vowed to appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court, a clear effort to calm their doubts about his divorces and apparent biblical illiteracy. In January, Trump referenced a book of the Bible as “Two Corinthians,” even though it is normally called “Second Corinthians.” Trump has been divorced twice and made his name through casinos and extravagant displays of wealth. In 2015, Trump said he wasn’t sure he had ever asked God for forgiveness, before later clarifying his taking of communion was a form of asking for forgiveness.
Farris said the event’s organizer came to him to explain in person that he wasn’t invited because of his previous comments critical of Trump.
“They are saying we are Republicans no matter what the candidate believes and no matter how vile and unrepentant his character,” Farris wrote. “In 1980 I believed that Christians could dramatically influence politics. Today, we see politics fully influencing a thousand Christian leaders. This is a day of mourning.”
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