Best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey says he is shocked to see evangelicals rallying behind Donald Trump, describing the Republican presidential nominee as a “bully” who contradicts Christianity.
“I will show my own bias,” Mr. Yancey, 67, said in an interview with Evangelical Focus. “I am staggered that so many conservative or evangelical Christians would see a man who is a bully, who made his money by casinos, who has had several wives and several affairs… That they would somehow paint him as a hero, as someone that we could stand behind.
“I will just say it out loud,” he continued. “I can understand why maybe you choose these policies that you support, but to choose a person who stands against everything that Christianity believes as the hero, the representative, one that we get behind enthusiastically is not something that I understand at all.”
Mr. Yancey, who won ECPA awards for “The Jesus I Never Knew” and “What’s So Amazing About Grace?,” also welcomed the U.S. becoming more secular and warned against church leaders getting involved with politics.
“And frankly, I think the church in the United States, the more it embeds with politics… Europeans understand where that goes,” he said. “As the United States grows more and more secular, I tell the people there: ‘We are becoming more like the fertile soil in which the early church did best.’
“When you are in a place like the United States or Europe in its recent past, where the majority will claim to be Christians, but then they look like everyone else, then the people do not understand what the gospel is. But when Christians look radically different from the world around them, then the people can see the difference.”
White evangelical Christians, which make up one-fifth of all registered voters in the U.S., favor Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by a 55-point margin, according to a recent Fox News poll.
Christian leaders who have backed Mr. Trump include Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., televangelist Robert Jeffress, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Focus on the Family President James Dobson.