Midterm Talking Points for Pro-Trump Evangelicals

By Michael Brown Published on November 5, 2018

If you claim to be an evangelical and plan to vote red on Tuesday — in other words, you are pro-Trump — your faith will be assaulted and your integrity will be challenged.

Talking Points

Here are some useful talking points you can use when interacting with friends, family, co-workers, and critics. I put them in the first person so you can appropriate them without adjustment. (Hey, the less work you have to do, the better, right?)

  1. Donald Trump is not my Savior. He didn’t die for my sins and I don’t owe him my life. (News flash: For all those still struggling with the title of my new book, get over it. It’s a positive message, not a negative one – unless Donald Trump is your Savior. In that case, the title of my book is the least of your problems. If you still don’t get it, read this.)
  2. Donald Trump is my president. He got my vote, but I don’t worship at his altar.
  3. I voted for him because he’s pro-life, and he has exceeded my expectations. Not only has he appointed two solid justices to the Supreme Court, but he’s appointed scores of pro-life justices to the federal courts and passed pro-life legislation. What would Hillary have done?
  4. I voted for him because he’s pro-Israel. To call him antisemitic is ridiculous. Not only is he the first president with a Jewish child and Jewish grandchildren, but he moved our embassy to Jerusalem, he confronted the corruption of the Palestinian leadership, he got out of the disastrous Iran deal, and he pulled America out of some blatantly anti-Israel UN organizations.
  5. I voted for him because he promised to fight for religious liberties, and he’s done that very thing. I’m not just talking about opposing the Johnson Amendment. I mean he’s fought for our liberties, both in the court of public opinion and in the courts. Again I ask you, what would Hillary and the Democrats have done?
  6. I voted for him because he opposes radical LGBT activism, and he hasn’t let me down. He has pushed back against the misappropriation of Title IX by the Obama administration. He has pushed back against trans activism in the military, and he even stopped celebrating Gay Pride month in June. Not to be redundant, but what would Hillary and the Democrats have done?
  7. I voted for him because I was concerned about the genocide of Christians in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS. Under Trump, ISIS has been devastated, which means that many lives have been saved. I can’t imagine how you could put a negative spin on this.
  8. The economy is humming, and many Americans are benefiting, including African-Americans. That’s one reason why he’s more popular today among African-Americans than the day he was elected. Isn’t that positive?
  9. When I look at the alternatives, what choice do I have? Watching the Kavanaugh hearings, I saw just how ugly the militant feminists can be, just how extreme the pro-abortion crowd can be, and just how unethical some Democrat leaders can be.
  10. Do I like everything the president says and does? Certainly not. Do I grimace at some of his rhetoric? You bet. Do I think he has helped fuel the fires of division in America? Actually, I do. That’s why I continue to pray for him and that’s why I continue to pray that his evangelical advisors and cabinet members and Vice President Pence would be a good influence on him. But let’s be clear here. The media have been very divisive and destructive. President Obama and many Democrat leaders practice dangerous and divisive identity politics. So, President Trump is part of the problem, but there’s blame on all sides.
  11. If you want to examine my faith, then watch my life, evaluate my conduct, listen to my words, and get to know my Savior. (For those who are a little slow, I’ll say it again: I’m talking about Jesus, not Trump.) But you have no right to judge my entire witness and testimony based on how I vote. A vote is a pragmatic decision based on available choices. My faith is based on moral and spiritual absolutes. Please don’t confuse the two.

Of course, these talking points reflect my own perspectives and my own reasons for voting for Trump. Your perspectives and reasons may be different. Still, these talking points should help, especially when your critics are professing Christians themselves.

Evangelicals’ Support for Trump

As to the charge that we evangelicals have hurt our cause by voting for Trump, that is only true to the extent that we have refused to be nuanced in our support for him.

As I wrote in June 30, 2017, “I’m all for defending our president when he’s the subject of unjust attacks. And as a follower of Jesus, I voted for him, despite my misgivings. I’m also very happy to point out the many good things he has already done as president. But I will not sacrifice my ethics and demean my faith to defend his wrongful words. To do that is to lose all credibility before a watching world.”

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So, politics is important, but it’s not the gospel.

Don’t Play Their Game

Let’s also remember that many of the people telling us that we lost our credibility by voting for Trump are the same ones who told us we had no credibility before we voted for him.

In short, have your talking points ready, but don’t play the leftwing media’s game.

Where America is better under Trump, rejoice. Where it’s worse, do your best to help make it better.

Pretty simple, no?

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  • Chip Crawford

    Christians don’t go with “talking points” anywhere, so let’s not indicate those are appropriate in our dealings concerning our leaders and freedoms and matters that God has words for. Like let’s not let the world press us into their mold, but tutor them on God’s thoughts and ways and definitely his words. There is a definite disingenuousness embedded in the term “talking points.”

  • Emilie Wolf Elizondo

    I really deal with a huge dilemma, understanding and agreeing with most of your points, but I still personally have such a hard time with Republicans’ actions and failures these past 2 years. I am worried about the moral direction of our country, the devaluation of life, and the economy. On the economy, it’s obvios that Trump can’t take credit for it bc he already inherited an economy in its upswing. Many economists are warning that this can’t last, that we are headed for a downturn, and how happy will we be if that happens? We also have yet to see what happens when Trump’s tariffs take effect in full force. But I have such a hard time making religious freedom a priority. I don’t believe it should be so high on the list of values, because Jesus never promised it would be easy to follow Him. I feel like His heart is more turned toward embracing the poor and the powerless. I do feel that too-far reaching governmental welfare cripples people and our communities from being able come to the aid of each other, abd that it’s not right for the government to force charity on its citizens. But logically I can’t see how leaving charity up to personal choice actually works. The divide between the rich and the poor is widening. Trickle down economics doesn’t really work. The unemployment rate is low, but families still can’t get by because wages haven’t kept up with cost of living. We can make personal choices to hold fast to our values, but government can’t simply institute policies based on what people “should” do, it has to be more pragmatic and evidence-based, and take into account that people are imperfect, and policies need to be humane and shield some of the impact of humans’ bad choices from affecting the whole of society. It’s an issie not of abandoning what is right, but shifting the mindset to be focused on realistic solutions. I disagree with so many of the policies and values of Trump on the environment, immigrants, DACA, the border wall (be cause of the expense versus benefit,) the extreme tax cuts because I don’t think they will accomplish what is promised, and in general the rebiblicans’ inability to fix the ACÁ, address what’s really wring with healthcare (the skyrocketing costs,) the lack of fiscal conservatism, the inability to be a check on the President and his more extreme actions. Morality and right to life are crucial to me, and I don’t believe that our society can prosper if we keep thinking the government can fix the ills of society, and I don’t think we can continue to be blessed as a nation if we are legalizing murder and other things that God abhors. Herein lies the dilemma. I used to be Republican, and mostly voted that way, but I’m so fed up with so many things that Trump, his administration, and our Congress has done or failed to do, and I disagree with so many things. But in my heart I feel such a huge check if I consider voting for the extremely pro-abortion senatorial candidate in my state. I think this is very complicated, and I wish Dr. Brown could address the major concerns that people like me have with Trump and other Republicans. It’s way more complicated for me than the few points addressed.

    • Paul

      Emily, you’re discussing a lot of topics here, I’ll respond to a few and do more as time permits:

      “On the economy, it’s obvios that Trump can’t take credit for it bc he already inherited an economy in its upswing.”

      No POTUS can take full credit for economic conditions, but they certainly can have an impact. Trumps main possitive impacts are tax cuts (with the help of the legislative branches of course) and reducing regulations. Both of these have made a huge impact and are the opposite approach taken by Obama. So yes, Trump can take much credit in this regards, beware of the ‘experts’ who want to dismiss it, which leads me to the next point…

      “Many economists are warning that this can’t last, that we are headed for a downturn, and how happy will we be if that happens?”

      Do you recall how so many economists were warning us how Trumps election victory would be immediately devastating to the US economy? Wven conservative never Trumpers were trying to sell the economic fear. And here today we have the complete opposite of all their wrong prognostications.

      “We also have yet to see what happens when Trump’s tariffs take effect in full force.”

      There is a lot of fear being sold about this by the globalists, don’t fall for it. What should be more concerning is to keep on year after year running billions of dollars behind in trade deficits as has been happening for far too long. The tarriffs are a tool to right this situation, thankfully we have a POTUS who is finally putting America first as his top priority in addressing trade and foreign affairs in general.

      “Trickle down economics doesn’t really work. The unemployment rate is low, but families still can’t get by because wages haven’t kept up with cost of living.”

      Ask yourself why the cost of living is going up? Competition in the msrketplace typically pushes prices down so what drives costs up? It’s things like taxes and regulations that pushes up costs. We get politicians selling higher minimum wages to people and then the same people complain when the cost of lunch at McDonalds doubles. We have govt planners trying to stop suburban sprawl with crazy high fees and restrictive zoning and then people wonder why there is a housing crisis and nowhere to live and rents skyrocketing. We have politicians selling global warming fear and forcing expensive renewables with legislation and then people wonder about their high electric bill. We have govt retirees collecting fat taxpayer funded pensions and we wonder why our tax dollars don’t provide the services we think they should. Business creates jobs, that is the main principle behind ‘trickle down’ and yes it works. The problem is people get wrapped up in class warfare, being sold the lie that somehow the burger flipper is somehow supposed to raise a family of four doing this low skilled work. No, a person doesn’t get wealthy from their burger flipping wage. They’re wealth grows with frugality, by expanding their skills into higher paying industries, by working hard, making wise choices and investing. But the lie of socialism is so much sweeter, just cast a vote for the person who says they will use the force of govt to steal from your neighbor and give some of it to you.

      “…the lack of fiscal conservatism,”

      Yes I agree, there is a serious lack in that area. The tax cuts are a good step towards it but now we need to talk balanced budgets and national debt. I’m of the opinion it will likely take a Constitutional amendment since the party in power doing this responsible thing will get absolutely hammered next election cycle by all those they kick off the govt gravy train so no party wants to actually do the deed, rather they just complaign about the other sides spending priorities.. it is disgusting to watch. Add in returning to a stable non-fiat currency and things would fundamentally change our fiscal responsibility as a nation. Hopefully it can happen willfully rather than after the collapse and revolution. My guess is the best chance for it to happen is from the tea party wing of the Rs, but the RINOs and Ds will fight it all the way.

      • Emilie Wolf Elizondo

        Thanks for the answers. I agree with some of your points. I never meant to claim that any president can take credit for he economy. But Dr. Brown used the health of the economy as a reason for supporting Trump in a previous article and this has been a major campaign talking point for voting for the candidates who are supporting Trump’s policies and furthering his goals. I can’t accept that as a reason to convince me, and I get really tired of the disingenuous way Trump keeps taking credit for the economy but will never admit it started improving 8 years ago.

        I guess you can find a lot of people who would claim trickle down economics works, and it should in theory, but it falls short of its promises. The points you make are valid, but he issues are way more complicated. There are a lot more factors at play in the economy, such as the role of the Federal Reserve. And if wages are stagnant or not keeping up with cost of living, business cannot expand as much because customer purchasing power limits market growth. Corporate greed is out of control. It’s been shown time and time again that companies use influxes of cash and improved profits more for paying down debt, acquisitions and mergers, stock dividends, and bonuses for upper level executives—and not so much for business expansion, improved wages, or price reductions. A business is not going to open up new locations and hire more employees if the demand is not there. And it’s reprehensible that 2 wage earners can work full time at minimum wage and still not not be able to feed their family. Corporations can afford to pay their workers more but they won’t unless they either can’t find workers bc the unemployment is too low, or if it is mandated. So what ends up happening is that taxpayers indirectly subsidize the lining of the pockets of the Walton family.

        When the poor get poorer, we all pay for it whether it’s directly through taxpayer funded healthcare or welfare programs, or indirectly through our healthcare costs rising because of indigent patien care being eaten by the hospitals, the criminal justice system and courts being overwhelmed with poverty-associated crime, other ways that the government must spend money to deal with the negative effects of poverty… not to mention the negative financial and social impact on all of us if funds must be redirected to those programs and away from things like education.

        And it really is not fiscally conservative to pollute the environment and then have to spend more money to clean it up, pass enormous tax cuts while at the same time advocating for trillions of dollars to be spent on a wall that drug cartels are laughing at and will maybe address only 40% of illegal immigration. And it’s also not fiscally conservative to meddle into business by imposing tariffs that may start a trade war that hurts business.

        The current brand of conservatism is not my brand. This current brand is morally conservative, but fiscally has abandoned its mission. In addition it’s also fearmongering, isolationist, and varying levels of inhumane and racist.

        I did end up voting mostly republican, because I can’t support a candidate that advocates for the expansion of murder and then wants taxpayers to fund it.

  • hWayvos

    likin’ this article and Dr. Brown’s apparent progress. hey wait minute, does that make him a progressive? I knew it! i just knew it!!! haha

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