NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Prominent evangelical leaders have squirmed at Donald Trump’s candidacy for president, while many among their flock continue to buck their pastors’ primary pleas and vote for the Macho Mogul.
Now that he’s the presumptive nominee, attention turns to whether the unthinkable — voting for Hillary Clinton — should now be thinkable?
Could the Donald really rip apart the big bear hug between the GOP and the religious right that has dominated American politics since the 1980s?
To help guide evangelical small groups through these tough questions, LifeWay Christian Resources will release a new Bible study this summer: “The Hillary Question: Is Defeating the Donald Enough to Trump Your Reservations?”
Some of the questions the study will address include:
- Can women serve as president, while female pastors are still limited under the stained-glass ceiling of Bible-believing churches?
- Does Bill in the White House with Hillary sufficiently uphold the complementarian clause of the Constitution?
- Do you know any Hispanic evangelicals personally? If not, the authors suggest readers “take a break from this Bible study and go speak with them about Trump.”
- Where else can good Christians look for answers when there is no God-appointed candidate like George W. Bush in this election?
- How can believers possibly judge candidates personally when both don’t even care to woo us into believing they’re entirely trustworthy based on a convincing born-again narrative?
The study points to Deborah’s leadership in the book of Judges as an example of a female political leader in the Bible, offset against whether women should be trusted after Eve’s treachery. Trump meanwhile draws various comparisons to “the evil one,” “adversary,” “crooked serpent” and “the power of darkness.”
The Gospel Coalition and Christianity Today issued a rare joint endorsement of The Hillary Question, calling it “a critical new resource for every evangelical who can’t stomach Trump, which should be all of us.”
A companion guide for women will also be published later this summer. Its working title: “How to defend your vote for Hillary Clinton to male husbands, pastors and colleagues without playing the gender card.”