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Some Christians say Trump has pushed young people away from their churches — and his impact on Christianity could last well beyond his presidency

Nov 3, 2020

By Kelsey Vlamis

Maria Felix was on a mission trip, working alongside other Christians, when she first heard Donald Trump’s name. It was 2015, and she said the group of teens was joking about him, baffled at the idea that he was casting himself as a Christian in his campaign for the US presidency.

Five years later, Felix, 23, said Trump’s presidency — and the way he’d been embraced by so many churches, religious leaders, and Christians — had greatly shaken her faith.

“I have really struggled with continuing to even call myself a Christian, because I feel like I cannot continue to call myself a Christian if Trump is what Christians want to be like,” she told Business Insider.

In many ways, Trump has successfully wooed Christians across the US, earning a majority of votes from Catholics and Protestants, and especially evangelicals, in 2016, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of exit-poll data.

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One comment on “Some Christians say Trump has pushed young people away from their churches — and his impact on Christianity could last well beyond his presidency”

  • “A lot of young people are coming to understand that their faith wasn’t just about Jesus,” he [Michael Wear, spiritual advisor to Obama] said. “Things that they thought were their faith, was actually somebody’s political opinion.”

    Hasn’t that nearly always been the case?


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