As one of Donald Trump’s staunchest advocates through the seemingly incessant attacks on the GOP presidential nominee, acclaimed Christian author Eric Metaxas has taken heat for his continued defense of the candidate and insists that Christians will be held guilty before God if the Democratic rival Hillary Clinton wins.
To give evangelicals and other conservatives a better idea of why he has unwavering and vigorous support for the besieged billionaire – even in the wake of the candidtate’s sexually lewd comments and sexual assault accusations – Metaxas offered an unapologetic and bold explanation.
“God will not hold us guiltless [if Hillary Clinton is elected],” the respected Christian personality warned Wednesday, according to the Religion News Service.
A no-vote is a vote for Hillary
Metaxas stands with a growing number of key conservative Christian leaders who will not rescind their support of the Republican White House hopeful -- as others press for another candidate.
“For many of us, this is very painful, pulling the lever for someone many think odious,” Metaxas expressed in his column appearing in The Wall Street Journal – a message that was also broadcasted on his daily radio show. “But please consider this: A vote for Donald Trump is not necessarily a vote for Donald Trump himself.”
The Christian apologist insists that not voting for Trump is the same as giving Clinton the green light to wreak her godless anti-Christian agenda on America over the next four years.
“It is a vote for those who will be affected by the results of this election,” Metaxas continued. “Not to vote is to vote. God will not hold us guiltless.”
Conceding that Trump’s “locker room” talk caught on a hot mic 11 years ago was “especially horrifying,” Metaxas admits that such comments should raise concern for voters.
“Can there be any question we should denounce them with flailing arms and screeching volume?” the Christian leader asked before listing off Clinton’s more problematic rap sheet.
Biblical vs. secular agendas
Metaxas first visited the former first lady’s protection of former President Bill Clinton’s crimes as a sexual predator. He also mentioned her defense – as a young attorney – of a convicted rapist who pleaded guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl … noting how she was recorded laughing about lying to successfully mitigate his sentencing.
Next, he focused on how the Clinton Foundation was deceitfully used for the family’s personal gain and power. Mextaxas then spoke on how Clinton lied about her use of a private email account as secretary of state, which jeopardized America’s national security. This was followed by the commonly held contention that she was responsible for creating ISIS while serving as America’s chief foreign diplomat under President Barack Obama during his first term.
Moving on, Metaxas reminded Christians of Clinton’s pro-abortion extremism – from pushing for late-term abortions to supporting Planned Parenthood during its “selling aborted baby body parts” to promising to stock the United States Supreme Court with pro-abortion justices. He said that her appointed justices would fight to destroy religious liberties and push for more LGBT “rights.”
He argued that Americans who do not vote for Trump are doing nothing less than aiding and abetting Clinton’s election.
Detracting from the Leftist media’s frenzied coverage of Trump’s sexually inappropriate language spoken to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush back in 2005, Metaxas took to social media to put the focus back on the press by poking fun at its tabloid-esque reporting with a mock headline.
“BREAKING: Trump caught using foul language, combing his hair oddly,” Metaxas tweeted in jest. “Could this be the end of his campaign?”
Deleting his Twitter post soon afterward, the acclaimed Christian speaker later responded to a tweet on the topic posted by Christian writer Rachel Held Evans by condemning the abrasive language used by the GOP nominee more than a decade ago.
“Absolutely correct,” Metaxas wrote, agreeing with the offense Evans took to Trump’s comments. “Can there be any question? Not from where I stand. Ugly stuff. God bless you.”
When Metaxas did not initially announce whether he would continue to endorse Trump, he received much criticism … which led to his subsequent renewed vote of confidence for the beleaguered candidate.
Supporters and detractors
But Metaxas’ initial reluctance to say whether he still backed Trump sparked ongoing criticism, leading to Wednesday’s announcement.
Unlike Metaxas, renowned evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem retracted his support of Trump.
“I previously called Donald Trump a ‘good candidate with flaws’ and a ‘flawed candidate’ but I now regret that I did not more strongly condemn his moral character,” Grudem wrote before calling for Trump to bow out of the White House race.
The senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel megachurch outside Chicago, James MacDonald, who served as a member on Trump’s evangelical advisory board, went beyond Grudem’s condemnation by calling Trump “lecherous and worthless.”
Despite some detractors, many evangelical leaders – such as Dr. James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress and Ralph Reed – continue to endorse Trump.
However, according to recent polls, the average evangelical voters during this presidential election is less likely to vote for Trump than GOP candidates of the past, as approximately 80 percent of white evangelical Protestants cast their ballots for Republicans in prior elections, yet only 65 to 70 percent of them indicate that they will check Trump’s name, come November.
Even though some swing states, such as Virginia, seem to be going in the direction of Hillary of late, there are indications that blue collar swing states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania, are looking promising and swaying toward Trump.