The Christian Post published a head-turning argument for Hillary Clinton in 2016 that became the site's most-read op-ed of the year. Now, from the same writer, comes a searing indictment of Donald Trump for acting against Christian interests — an argument that challenges the 80 percent of white evangelicals who voted for Trump.
The Christian Post is the single most read Christian news site in the United States and a consistently conservative voice in U.S. politics.
Three weeks into Donald Trump's presidency, Eric Sapp, the author of the site's most popular op-ed of 2016 (which happened to be supportive of Hillary Clinton), is back with a fiery commentary on Trump that, as of this writing, is featured on the Christian Post's homepage.
It is a powerful message, published in an unlikely venue, considering 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump.
Sapp addresses the cult of personality that has developed around Trump and points to Trump's "I alone can fix it" attitude as deeply anti-Christian. Sapp reminds evangelicals that Trump does not "need to be the supernatural spawn of Satan" to be considered anti-Christian in his beliefs and behavior.
Trump's anti-Christian spirit, Sapp writes, is leading Christians away from the Gospel:
But after Trump's most recent executive order denying safe haven to Christians fleeing ISIS and genocide in Darfur, I feel I must speak the Biblical truth that Trump is anti-Christ.
It's not because he was born the night of a blood moon or has more connections to 666 than he does to Kevin Bacon. It's because his is a spirit of fear and emptiness, that seeks only to fill his bottomless insecurity with worldly affirmations and idols, instead of humbling himself before the only One who can make him whole. And it is that antichristian spirit that is both leading so many Christians astray and gathering such evil human forces around him in his alt-right and Russian enforcers.
Such words are deeply provocative for an audience that spent much of Obama's presidency warning about how he was going to start the tribulation and the end times. They are an important reminder of the very real, very human role that fear plays in the Trump presidency — fear of a terrorist act, fear of the press, fear of being wrong.
And published at the Christian Post, they are another indication of resistance from this traditionally conservative bloc.