Evangelicals and others should give President Donald Trump a chance, especially given his warm reception of evangelical Christians, says the author of a new book examining the spiritual side of the controversial commander-in-chief. Charisma Media founder and CEO Stephen E. Strang, whose book God and Donald Trump was released last week, told The Christian Post we should “give Trump a chance.”
“There’s some people that just, they’re against every single thing he does or says. He says that today’s Monday, they say ‘no he’s lying because it’s Tuesday in Australia,'” said Strang.
“I would hope that people would stand back, look at what’s happening with the economy, look at what’s happening internationally.”
Strang told CP that he believed Trump “has the makings to be a great leader” and “a great president,” then added the caveat that he still has to “definitely grow into the job.”
“But I believe that God raises up people in times of crisis and I believe our country is at a time of crisis,” said Strang, who believed that Trump seemed fit for the job due to his apparent ability to be unphased by the “onslaught” of criticism he gets.
An Unexpected Candidate
In his book, Strang noted the gradual rising support for Trump among evangelical leaders, telling CP that during the Republican primary he had originally endorsed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
“I supported Cruz up until the day he dropped out,” explained Strang, noting that once Sen. Cruz dropped out he “immediately endorsed Trump.”
“I was not a Trump supporter to start with. My image of him was, you know, what I picked up in the media. I rather expected, as a lot of evangelical leaders did, that his campaign would implode at some point.”
Strang said that his support for Trump came in part because “some Christian leaders that I respected were meeting with him, they were praying with him.”
A Flawed Yet Changing President
Despite the eventual support for Trump, Strang explained at various points in his book that the thrice-married casino owner was not the ideal candidate for many evangelicals, himself included.
“But the more I watched, the more I saw the potential for greatness. President Trump has won over many of the evangelical leaders who are naturally skeptical of a politician who did not emerge from among their ranks. Still, as I saw them embrace President Trump despite his obvious flaws, I had to take a second look. And what I have seen is a man who, though flawed, has great potential. His work as president has just begun, and God’s work in his life has just begun, as well.”
About the Author
Michael Gryboski is a writer for The Christian Post.