Jerry Falwell Jr., the chancellor of the Christian-based Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is facing opposition from many of his own students for supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Christian psychologist and blogger Warren Throckmorton recently flagged an online open letter entitled: "Liberty United Against Trump," which he noted "is pretty close to a vote of non-confidence in Jerry Falwell Jr.":
In the months since Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed him, Donald Trump has been inexorably associated with Liberty University. We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history.
Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him. A majority of Liberty students, faculty, and staff feel as we do. Donald Trump received a pitiful 90 votes from Liberty students in Virginia’s primary election, a colossal rejection of his campaign.
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Nevertheless, President Falwell eagerly uses his national platform to advocate for Donald Trump. While he occasionally clarifies that supporting Trump is not the official position of Liberty University, he knows it is his title of president of the largest Christian university in the world that gives him political credentials.
Associating any politician with Christianity is damaging to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But Donald Trump is not just any politician. He has made his name by maligning others and bragging about his sins. Not only is Donald Trump a bad candidate for president, he is actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose.
Evangelist Franklin Graham, has not publicly endorsed Trump, but the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which his father started and he runs, received a $100,000 donation from the Trump Foundation 2012.
Graham issued what appeared to be a defense of evangelicals who support Trump on Facebook on Oct. 14. Graham also took some shots at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the media:
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A lot of people are slamming evangelicals for supposedly giving Donald J. Trump a pass. That’s simply not true. No one is giving him a pass. I’m certainly not, and I’ve not met an evangelical yet who condones his language or inexcusable behavior from over a decade ago.
However, he has apologized to his wife, his family, and to the American people for this. He has taken full responsibility. This election isn’t about Donald Trump’s behavior from 11 years ago or Hillary Clinton’s recent missing emails, lies, and false statements. This election is about the Supreme Court and the justices that the next president will nominate.
Evangelicals are going to have to decide which candidate they trust to nominate men and women to the court who will defend the constitution and support religious freedoms. My prayer is that Christians will not be deceived by the liberal media about what is at stake for future generations.