Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas perhaps offers the clearest explanation as to why he and other evangelical Christians support Donald Trump for president.
In a recent interview with NPR, Jeffress responds to NPR host Audie Cornish’s questions. She asks, “So faith is no longer the absolute litmus test in terms of casting that ballot.” He replied:
“It wasn’t in 1980, and Americans at that time had a choice between two candidates. One was a sincerely born-again Christian who taught Sunday school in his Baptist Church and was married faithfully to one woman. His name was Jimmy Carter. The other choice was a twice-married Hollywood actor who as governor of California had signed the most liberal abortion bill in California history and whose wife practiced astrology. His name was Ronald Reagan. Christians overwhelmingly chose Ronald Reagan not because he was the most religious candidate but because he had the quality people thought was most necessary at the time, and that is leadership.”
But there’s a lot more to the story.