Acknowledging that not all Christians support Donald Trump – and that those who do are often accused of having a bad witness – apologist Frank Turek offers his advice for when that happens.
"If someone comes to you and says, 'Gee, how can you as a Christian support a guy like Donald Trump?' Well, you have to have a conversation with that person," said Dr. Frank Turek recently on American Family Radio. "You should say, 'Who should I support? Who are my choices here? At this point, what choices do I have?'"
In America, Turek said, voters typically have only two choices – neither of which are ever perfect.
"Secondly, I think there is a difference between voting for a candidate and agreeing with everything a candidate says or does," said Turek, host of the Cross Examined radio program. "You have to be fair to people and say 'Look, I don't agree with him on that – but overall, what am I going to vote on?"
He added that he thinks one of the key reasons evangelicals voted for Trump in 2016 is that policy trumps demeanor. "I give Trump an A- on policy and a D on demeanor," he offered.
And while Turek stated that he "might give Joe Biden a better grade for demeanor," he explained that "demeanor is not the main reason I'm voting for somebody to be president."
"So, if people are harping on you because they think you have a bad witness, I think you need to have a conversation with these people and say, 'Okay, well, who should I support? I should support the Democratic platform? Are you serious? Look at this platform. It's awful. I'm going to have to go with the least-worst choice, and in this case, that appears to be Trump.'"
Mum's the word
Another alternative, which some people are exercising when asked by a pollster, is to simply refuse to say who you're voting for. A conservative columnist believes there are many Trump supporters who don't trust pollsters and won't tell them the truth about how they'll vote.
A recent CNN poll showed President Trump trailing Joe Biden 50-to-46 among registered voters. The latest RealClearPolitics compilation of polls shows the president down by 7.8 points. Still even on liberal polls like CNN, Trump has been closing the gap in recent weeks.
Robert Knight, a conservative columnist for the Washington Times and OneNewsNow, shares the view of many conservatives that most polls are unreliable.
"I honestly believe there are millions of people out there who either don't want to talk to pollsters – or when they do, don't tell them what they really feel because they don't trust them," says Knight.
"There is a zeitgeist [a "cultural climate"] out there saying 'You will believe what we tell you to believe or we'll punish you somehow' – and that has sunk in deeply into America," the columnist laments. "It's part of the cancel culture or the political correctness we've heard for years."
And while it has "gotten to a fever pitch where people are afraid to tell the truth anymore," says Knight, "that doesn't mean they won't be able to register their opinion in the voting booth."
He concludes by pointing out that all the polls that predicted a Trump defeat in 2016 were proven wrong.