Michael Brendan Dougherty notes that Trumpism poses a threat to religious conservatives.
Donald Trump has endorsed New York congresswoman Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney as chair of the House Republican caucus…. She also voted for the Equality Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that would dramatically weaken religious-liberty protections in the face of LGBT claims….[T]here has always been another side to the Trumpian coin. Trump was always stronger among voters who identified as non-church-going Evangelicals. And there are political figures such as Stefanik who like Trump precisely because he will wave the rainbow flag and declare himself the “most pro-gay president” ever. They like him because his nationalist culture-warring can act as a replacement for the religious culture war…. We may really see this tested in a candidacy such as Caitlyn Jenner’s in California. Jenner is being advised by people from Trump’s orbit.
My greatest concern is not these kinds of political losses, though I do not think that they are insignificant. My concern is with the way Trumpism has led many Christians to violate the ninth commandment in support of a president who was breaking the eighth commandment. However, it does show that compromising one’s integrity to gain political influence often results in the loss of the very goals the Christian was after in the first place.