Under Trump, Christians may have it easier. They’ll also be in grave spiritual danger.

Donald Trump delivers the convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

by Michael Gerson, opinion writer

One of the main reasons that Donald Trump gets greeted by “Hail to the Chief” is the particularly loyal support of white evangelical Christian voters. As a result of Trump’s election, conservative Christians (a larger group than evangelicals, but including most of them) will see fewer trespasses on institutional religious liberty from the executive branch. They will be able to support judges more amenable to their rights. They will be welcomed at the White House and have access to the president. And they are in grave spiritual danger.

In America, we have no state religion. But religious conservatives have become a corporate sponsor of Trumpism, like Visa at the Olympics.

There is no value in relitigating this choice. Some conservative Christians felt pressured into this partnership due to the monumental unacceptability of Trump’s opponent. Others believed that the future of the Supreme Court should override every other concern.

But here is a little uninvited sermon to my brethren, in three points (as they’d expect).

First, it is a fact — one of those real facts — that Trump’s brand is associated with nativism, particularly the dehumanization of illegal immigrants (as rapists and murderers) and the otherization of Muslims (as internal and external threats). Evangelicals in the governing coalition need to find ways to demonstrate that this was not the reason they supported Trump — that their hard choice was motivated by other, nobler causes.

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/under-trump-christians-may-have-it-easier-theyll-also-be-in-grave-spiritual-danger/2017/01/23/16cdb6ac-e19e-11e6-a453-19ec4b3d09ba_story.html?utm_term=.df6707c97020

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