Here's how Trump will ‘corrupt’ the evangelical movement and make it ‘lose its soul’: Former Christian Post editor

Here's how Trump will ‘corrupt’ the evangelical movement and make it ‘lose its soul’: Former Christian Post editor
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In December, readers of the Christian Post received some major news: Politics Editor Napp Nazworth was leaving because he could not go along with the publication’s unquestioning support of President Donald Trump. Nazworth hasn’t changed his view of the Trump/evangelical alliance since then, and in a January 23 article for the conservative anti-Trump website The Bulwark, he asserts that Trump can only have a corrupting effect on the evangelical movement.

“Aligning a religious movement with a political movement is dangerous territory,” Nazworth writes. “Political leaders who believe they were chosen by God for a divine purpose tend toward unreasonableness, which is a bad trait for any type of leader, in any context. But is a particular affront within a government designed to carry out a deliberative form of democracy.”

In the article (which is headlined “Donald Trump, Pastor-in-Chief), Nazworth explains that he left the Christian Post “after the company decided to align itself with the interests of Donald Trump. In an editorial I couldn’t support, authored by Senior Managing Editor John Grano and Executive Editor Richard Land, the Christian Post echoed Trump’s class warfare and conspiratorial language in asserting that opposition to Trump was elitist and part of the ‘Deep State.’”

Nazworth adds that the Christian Post flip-flopped and went from vehemently criticizing Trump in 2016 to enthusiastically supporting him. On February 29, 2016, the publication ran a scathing editorial headlined, “Donald Trump Is a Scam: Evangelical Voters Should Back Away.”

“What has changed is that since the 2016 editorial, certain Christian Post editors got scammed themselves,” Nazworth laments. “They now argue that it’s ‘elitist’ and ‘distinctly unbiblical’ to denounce racism and misogyny, defend immigrants and refugees and expect presidents to be held accountable when they abuse their power.”

For evangelicals, Nazworth stresses, no good can come from allying themselves with Trump.

“The biggest threat to Christians is having their faith corrupted from within,” Nazworth asserts. “For what shall it profit the faith, if it shall gain the presidency, but lose its soul?”

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