Evangelical voters will propel Donald Trump to victory in November, and for good reason – this president keeps his promises.
When President Trump ran for office, he pledged to defend religious freedom and restore the traditional reverence for Christianity in this country, vowing that Americans would once again wish each other “Merry Christmas” in public.
“So let me say this right up front: [under] a Trump administration, our Christian heritage will be cherished, protected, defended, like you’ve never seen before … and that includes religious liberty,” he said at the Values Voters Summit in 2016.
Unlike establishment politicians of the past, his pledge to the evangelical community was not just empty rhetoric. I’m excited to take part in the “Praise, Prayer, and Patriotism” event in Cincinnati hosted by Evangelicals for Trump, because after all this president has done for evangelicals, we owe it to our God, our country, and ourselves to do everything we can to make sure that he gets another four years in the Oval Office.
Around 29% of adults in Ohio identify as evangelical Christians, which translates to well over 3 million people. But there are also more than 8.5 million Christians of all denominations living in the Buckeye State, accounting for 73% of all residents.
Since taking office, the president has successfully appointed two pro-life justices to the Supreme Court – a monumental, paradigm-shifting victory for Christians throughout America. Perhaps even more significantly, he’s now on the verge of getting his 200th federal judge confirmed by the Senate, a mind-boggling feat that will ensure Christian values remain safe in this country for generations to come.
Donald Trump is also the most pro-life president we’ve ever had. He expanded the Mexico City Policy, which ensures that $9 billion in foreign aid doesn’t help fund abortions abroad, and cut off funding for the United Nations Population Fund – an organization that helped support China’s inhumane abortion and sterilization program.
Of course, the president has also implemented policies to protect the sanctity of life right here in the United States, such as withholding Title X family planning grants from organizations that promote abortions. Rather than comply with the new rules, Planned Parenthood – the country’s largest abortion clinic – gave up $60 million per year in taxpayer funding.
“Every person – the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly – has inherent value,” the president said in a National Sanctity of Human Life Day proclamation in January, stressing that “the rights of all people must be defended.”
That philosophy is the basis for the steps he has taken to protect religious liberty in America.
Furthermore, in 2017 he signed an executive order to ensure that religious organizations retain their full right to advocate for political candidates who represent their beliefs – a right that has been under assault from the left despite the First Amendment’s broad guarantees of freedom in both speech and religion. The following year, Donald Trump established the “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” to tap the expertise and network of faith-based organizations from communities all over the country.
This commitment to safeguard Christians also translates into the realm of foreign policy. Donald Trump was the first U.S. President to host a religious freedom session at the United Nations, where he underscored the importance of protecting vulnerable Christian communities from prosecution, and his administration managed to negotiate the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was illegally arrested and detained in Turkey.
“My administration has spoken out against religious persecution around the world, including the persecution of many, many Christians,” the president said in 2018, adding that America is standing up for our Christian brothers and sisters abroad.
He’s also standing up for our Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel, making historic decisions such as moving our embassy to Jerusalem in fulfillment of a pledge that previous presidents of both parties had broken for decades.
President Trump is truly a powerful champion for the entire Christian community. In 2016, 81% of evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. Now that we can look back on his record of restoring America’s Christian values and our tradition of religious freedom, more voters from the Christian faith will flock to the polls to vote for our champion in the White House.
Just as we did in 2016, evangelical voters have the power to sway the results of the 2020 presidential election. Based solely on his record of promises kept, it’s clear that we need to use our influence to re-elect President Trump.
Paula White is the senior pastor of City of Destiny Christian Center.
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