apple wormSome Christian leaders who support Donald Trump, while acknowledging his shortcomings, say that it is better to have “access” and “influence” with him than not. I’d add that it is better for Trump, too, as the billionaire businessman appears not to understand the first thing about Christianity or the gospel.

Some among us are even starting to suggest that Trump has in fact made a confession of faith or at least is on the path. Let’s hope and pray so. The proud Trump obviously would be a better man, and a better candidate and president, if he would bend the knee to Christ. But I think it’s fair to ask to see fruit in keeping with any claimed repentance before we embrace him as a brother in Jesus.

And though no one has asked for my opinion, we need to be doubly careful that we do not allow our understandable desire for a seat at the table to cause us to overlook or excuse things that we should not overlook or excuse. Let’s not give up our prophetic role in the culture. Better men and women than today’s evangelical leaders have traded their principles for political “access” and “influence.” Let’s not forget that once our principles are gone, our “access” will be meaningless from a Christian perspective.

And let’s distrust our motives a little bit. Let’s guard against Trump influencing us more than we influence him.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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