Author and Bible teacher Beth Moore has proclaimed that evangelicalism died in 2016 – presumably with the evangelical support for the election of Donald Trump. But one evangelical apologist doesn't see it that way.
To borrow a phrase from Mark Twain, the rumors of the death of evangelicalism have been greatly exaggerated. At least that is the belief of Christian apologist and worldview expert Dr. Alex McFarland.
"There are a lot of high-profile, highly-paid people in positions of denominational leadership like Russell Moore and Beth Moore, who's a popular bestselling author … and a lot of these people have, from back in early 2016, they kind of [as] a knee-jerk reaction became never-Trumpers," McFarland observes.
He says such individuals have become so entrenched in their position that they will not even be swayed by the victories for which other evangelicals have hoped and prayed for years.
"Trump has been a champion for religious freedom. He's gone to bat for persecuted Christians around the world. He's appointed two pro-life constitutionalists to the Supreme Court," McFarland lists. "He's moved our embassy to Jerusalem. He's done everything that a great, godly, moral, constitutionalist president would do."
In 2016, the year that evangelicalism reportedly died, 81 percent of evangelical voters backed Donald Trump. And according to most polls, that support has not dimmed.
McFarland asserts that fellow Never-Trumpers are welcome to their opinions, but "when you look at people like Beth Moore, Mark Galli, [and] Russell Moore, their political savvy is nonexistent, and frankly, they're opinion on politics is irrelevant now,” he concludes.