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Evangelical leaders talk about faith and GOP candidate

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 11:30 pm

EDITORIAL---ron-mug-colorgsWith the presumptive presidential nominees being Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it’s likely this is going to be one of the ugliest races in the history of candidates vying for the White House.
Both candidates are not extremely popular choices in their respective parties. Critics appear to be after each candidate daily for their political platforms, past business dealings, track record, and how they come across on camera with their words and actions. So hearing any positive news about a candidate without what appears to be political spin is nice for a change.
This week, well-respected Dr. James Dobson was interviewed about his recent small group faith leaders meeting with Trump.
In a recent interview, Dr. Dobson disclosed that he believes Trump is a new believer in Christ.
“I don’t know when it was, but it has not been long,” he told the Godfactor’s Michael Anthony. “I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian. We all need to be praying for him, especially if there’s a possibility of him being our next chief executive officer.”
Dr. Dobson continued by saying Trump’s open to his newly found faith but also said “he doesn’t know our language, he really doesn’t, and he refers a lot to religion and not much to faith and belief.”
After Anthony compared it to the biblical accounts of Saul, who later became Paul as he didn’t know the “language” as well, Dobson reminded listeners that Trump didn’t grow up the same as many Christian believers.
While some may view Dr. Dobson’s comments as political spin, they must remember that Trump isn’t the candidate he’s supported.
In February, Dr. Dobson said after Trump accepted the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, that “Focus on the Family” could not support him or Marco Rubio at the time.
I’m sharing this in the editorial because this is not the sort of news story that will appear on the nightly news.
To those whose faith is important to them, many voters want to know where their candidates are in regards to their faith and how that may lead them to making important decisions on social issues.
Clinton has a background of growing up in the Methodist church.
She’s even attended prayer meetings in the past with known evangelical Senators Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum.
Some of her critics from the religious community question her changing stance on same-sex marriage and her support for abortion.
It should be interesting to see how the faith of each candidate and what their views on faith will be as the two get ready to go head-to-head in the presidential election.
Next up for each of the candidates will be the conventions later this month.
The GOP will gather in Cleveland, Ohio from July 18-21 while the democrats are meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. one week later.