‘Bob Vander Plaats is a kingmaker’: Reporting from Urbandale, Iowa, Christianity Today’s Harvest Prude interviews a key evangelical leader who is urging Christian voters to move on from Trump.
But are such voters still listening to his advice?
He remains confident, according to the magazine:
Vander Plaats is bullish that Iowa polling is getting it wrong, and that Trump’s support may be more fragile than it appears: “Iowa always, always, always breaks late. I believe they’re going to break late again,” he told CT.
Faith in Trump: Iowa’s Christian conservatives follow their faith when voting, and some say it leads them to Trump, according to The Associated Press’ Michelle L. Price.
“I think he’s an imperfect individual just like the rest of us, but I think God used that man to govern in godly principles,” Cliff Carey, a 73-year-old member of a Des Moines church, told AP.
His sister-in-law, Cindy Carey, offered a similar assessment to the wire service: “I wouldn’t vote for him as my pastor. I want him to lead our nation back to that city on a hill, shining city on a hill.”
Read more analysis on Trump and evangelical voters from Richard Ostling here at GetReligion.
Power Up: The Week’s Best Reads
1. Same-sex blessings: “The Catholic bishops of Africa collectively rejected one of Pope Francis’ most controversial liberalizations — permission for priests to bless same-sex couples — saying that such blessings ‘would cause confusion and would be in direct contradiction to the cultural ethos of African communities.’”
The controversy reflects the doctrinal fault lines within Catholicism, according to our own tmatt writing in this syndicated column for the Universal syndidatey.
It’s not just Catholics: How to deal with same-sex unions is a question fracturing multiple major Christian denominations, The Associated Press’ David Crary notes.
2. ‘Soldiers of Christ’ killing: “The gory details — covered widely in Korean news outlets in the U.S. — have shocked the large Korean community in metro Atlanta. Community leaders say the case is a wake-up call for Korean Americans to be more vigilant about religious cults and potential threats to new arrivals from South Korea.”
CONTINUE READING: “Defining The Iowa Evangelicals Who Support Trump: Is Going To Church A Requirement?” by Bobby Ross, Jr., at Religion Unplugged.