EditorsRick BarryComment

Welcome to the Fold: How to Respond to Christians Abandoning Trump

EditorsRick BarryComment
Welcome to the Fold: How to Respond to Christians Abandoning Trump

Center for Christian Civics Executive Director Rick Barry recently wrote about his reaction to leaked audio of candidate Donald Trump bragging about committing sexual assault. Excerpts from the article are below, and you can read the entire piece on The Huffington Post.

... Believers who have already spent months upon months puzzled as to how people who agree with us about Jesus can deign to support a candidate who, to our eyes, doesn’t even pretend to consider the Fruit of the Spirit to be a list of virtues, have a difficult choice to make: We can lord the change of heart over them or we can make an effort to provide them a path to repentance cleared of obstacles.

One of those options offers a sharp, decisive surge of satisfaction. The other is thankless and a little embarrassing. ...

If you are a Christian who has felt that Trump’s campaign was a fundamental betrayal of the ways in which we want the Church to be salt and light to America’s political process, it will be easy to swipe at your brothers and sisters who abandon their support of Trump in the wake of Friday’s leak. ...

“Why did it take you so long?” “How did you not see it earlier?” “Why was that ‘last straw’ or that final sin so much more egregious to you than any of the myriad others?”

These are fair questions to present to elected officials and party leaders who stake their reputations and their jobs on their ability to safely steward the responsibilities of government and our political process. But we should take care to only ask them of other members of the Body of Christ if we can do so in ways that are not an attack. ...

I pray today that those of us who have been skeptical of Trump since the beginning don’t let our pride or our desire for validation and esteem become a stumbling block to our brothers and sisters who are trying to join us in our various electoral camps.


As Executive Director of Center for Christian Civics, Rick helps ministry leaders and faith communities develop missional approaches to their local public squares. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and oversaw communications for the Grace DC church network. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.