Phillip Yancey speaking at Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, CA in 2014.
Phillip Yancey speaking at Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, CA in 2014.
Photo credit: Col. 3:2 (CC-By-SA 2.0).

Prolific Christian author and speaker Phillip Yancey was asked about evangelical involvement in the upcoming presidential election by the Spain-based Evangelical Focus news site.

He drilled down specifically on evangelical support of Donald Trump.

I will show my own bias. 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. 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.

He then cautioned about evangelical entanglement with politics.

And frankly, I think the church in the United States, the more it embeds with politics… Europeans understand where that goes. When the church and the state are seen like this [joins hands], and then the state proves what it is – a flawed and sometimes corrupt system –  then the church is judged by this, and rejected.

There are countries in Europe where the church is set back for decades and decades, because they have been stained by how they sold their soul for power, I would say.

The video Evangelical Focus published of the interview has been taken down due to a copyright claim by Yancey.

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