Letter: Do evangelicals now choose to ignore the Bible in favor of electing Trump for president?

President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he stands outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington on June 1, 2020, after law enforcement officers used tear gas and other riot control tactics to forcefully clear peaceful protesters from the area. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

I just don’t get it!

According to the national election and AP Votecast voter exit polls in 2020, 81% of “born-again” evangelical Christians supported Donald Trump for president.

The Pew Research Center recently determined that 7% of Utah adults define themselves as evangelical Christians. I assume, based on the national poll, close to 81% of those might choose to vote for Trump should he run again in 2024.

What I can’t understand is how religious believers identifying themselves as Christians can support a presidential candidate personifying the exact opposite of someone embodying Christian values.

With his obvious unfamiliarity with the Bible, committing adultery with a porn star, bragging about grabbing unwary female private parts, and conviction for a sexual assault in a department store, supporting Trump while claiming to be a Christian would seem highly hypocritical at best.

It’s been explained to me that Trumps far-right orchestration of the judicial system causing, for example, the Supreme Court reversal of Roe vs. Wade was worth it. That it somehow justifies ignoring all his otherwise clearly established anti-Christian behavior.

The ninth of the Ten Commandments, regarding bearing false witness, forbids libel, slander, and backbiting and calls for the truth and nothing but the truth. Do evangelicals now choose to ignore the Bible in favor of electing Trump for president? According to The Washington Post, he made 30,573 false or misleading claims during his first term as president.

What would Jesus think about voting for someone like that?

Raymond A. Hult, Bountiful

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