A scandalous Op-Ed published in the New York Times has revealed a growing division in evangelical churches about the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump.
Trump’s poll numbers continue to surge and he’s drawing heavy support from evangelical voters. But a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which claims to represent 15 million members, is demanding his members immediately stop supporting Trump.
Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, issues a scathing review of Trump in the article. He claimed that Trump’s attitude toward women was that of a “Bronze Age warlord” and that to support Trump, evangelicals must “repudiate everything they believe.”
Moore goes on to make a number of accusations about the GOP front runner: He hints that Trump could be secretly pro-choice, says he made his fortune off “a moral vice and an economic swindle that oppresses the poorest and most desperate,” and says evangelicals and other social conservatives who support Trump are illogical.
It’s no secret that many Christian leaders haven’t been thrilled by the prospect of a Trump candidacy — but could this “holy war” of sorts begin to spread to other denominations? In this fractious and hotly contested 2016 presidential election, this may only be the beginning. And should other religious leaders begin coming out against Trump, it could seriously shake up the future of the GOP race.