John Piper is one of the most famous and controversial evangelical preachers in America. Last week he released an article that has gone viral because of its implicit denunciation of Christians who vote for President Donald Trump (never named but clearly implied) in next week’s election. Piper says he is “baffled” by Christians who say they overlook Trump’s crudity because of his policies, especially those that support the sanctity of human life. Piper argues that character is more important than policy, that abortion and arrogance are equally deadly, and that in fact “self-absorbed, self-exalting boastfulness is the most deadly behavior in the world.” Therefore pastors need to warn their flocks that voting for Trump will “undermine” their “calling (and the church’s mission) to stand for Christ-exalting faith and hope and love.”
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