As much as it irks opponents of President Donald Trump, his support among evangelical voters has nearly almost been strong and unwavering. While it doesn’t take a regular churchgoer to see that Trump is not your average Christian leader, the position he has taken against a culture that regularly seeks mocks and maligns people of faith has always been one of his biggest appeals for many.
As the Democrats continue to embrace cultural and political trends that undermine religious liberty and demean the authority of the Word of God, white, evangelical Christians (especially males) are increasingly demonized.
That is…until there’s an election coming up. Suddenly, it appears, the Democrats and their apologists in the media seem to remember what a significant portion of the U.S. population those dreaded white evangelicals make up.
In a glowing profile of the Biden campaign’s outreach to white, evangelical voters, CNN’s Sarah Muncha, in what does not appear to be an op-ed, breathlessly describes how Biden has displayed his faith by way of attending churches on the campaign trail and making polite, heavily pluralistic descriptions of his own faith.
While she admits that although “President Trump is likely not in danger of losing the White evangelical vote,” a bloc he secured by 81% in 2016, “religious Democrats hope Biden can chip away at that support, which Trump needs in order to win reelection in November.”
She explains that in order to do this, the campaign has zeroed in on white evangelical women, who are apparently more concerned about the environment, and evangelical millennials, who take more socially liberal stances than their older counterparts.
In one particular passage which sounds as though it could have been written by the campaign itself, Muncha gushes:
A digital ad released last week that will play in battleground states introduces Biden as a leader of faith, drawing an implicit contrast with Trump without naming him. A female voice narrates the ad, called ‘That’s Joe,’ over still pictures and videos of Biden praying, greeting people, and wearing a mask. “In a crisis, it’s character that counts. We need a president who leads with faith, not fear,” she says, in part.And as the President stokes division on racial issues to a nation still grappling with the effects of a global pandemic, Biden’s counterprogramming message has been framed squarely on empathy and unity. After Trump cleared protestors in front of the White House using gas and rubber bullets to take a photo with a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Biden condemned the action, accusing the President of being “more interested in power than in principle.”
To be entirely fair, Muncha does later touch on aspects of Biden’s faith that admittedly endear Biden more successfully to readers. Biden, who lost his wife and daughter in a car accident and later, his son Beau to cancer, has said that his faith saw him through these challenging personal crises.
“I’m not trying to proselytize, I’m not trying to convince you to be, to share my religious views. But for me it’s important because it gives me some reason to have hope and purpose,” Biden shared during a CNN town hall with a grieving pastor who’d lost his wife during the Charleston shooting, explaining that he’d promised his own dying son that he would continue to stay engaged and not retreat into himself.“It took a long time to get to the point to realize that that purpose is the thing that would save me,” Biden said. “And it has.”
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