Is illegal immigration sowing a split among evangelicals?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

church congregation (rear view)A growing rift in the evangelical movement between those who back President Trump and those who don't is exposing a worldview breach that promises to last well beyond the 45th president.

The divide is felt in many corners of evangelicalism, but in the heat of the battle is an organization called The Gospel Coalition. Among its foundational documents, TGC expresses a desire "to [link] hearts with fellow believers across denominational, ethnic, and class lines" – and "to serve the church we love by inviting all our brothers and sisters to join us ...."

Yet the Coalition's editorial director, Collin Hansen, spared nothing during a recent interview with ABC News in his criticism of his Christian brothers and sisters who have bought in to President Trump's immigration policies.

Hansen

"A lot of evangelicals are really angry about how the culture is changing," he stated, "and I think one of the things that I really missed was how deeply ingrained a lot of racism is in much of the evangelical movement."

It's a theme an increasing number of "never-Trump" evangelicals have taken up as they try to justify their political agnosticism in the face of a roaring Trump economy and a promising Trump foreign policy – not to mention that the president has kept his pro-life and religious freedom promises. Hansen, instead, chooses to play the race card.

"There isn't a lot of room for understanding how systems of injustice conspire to be able to disempower or to mete out injustice to certain groups of people," he said during the interview.

Evangelical apologist Dr. Alex McFarland says he's heard that kind of talk somewhere before.

McFarland

"To use words like 'disempowered,' I just want to bang my head against the wall," he admits, "because that's just such progressive-speak for trying to create a hypothetical group that has been robbed of some hypothetical right."

He adds: "It does sound like a plank out of the platform of the Democratic Party."

McFarland says he's been around the evangelical block a few times and can say with confidence that racism is not in the movement's DNA. "Just because we believe in responsible, consistent immigration policies, that does not mean we're a racist," he emphasizes.

Among TGC's council members is Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Moore has been highly critical of some of President Trump's policies.

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