Evangelicals Misuse Bible Verses To Give Trump A Pass On Separating Immigrant Families
Written by WPVR on June 20, 2018
Long before Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited Romans 13 to respond to critics of the administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy, other prominent American Christians were using Biblical verses about the role of the government to justify their support for President Donald Trump.
Verses about submitting to authorities are scattered throughout the New Testament, most often in letters attributed to the Apostle Paul, an early convert to Christianity. 1 Timothy 2:1 urges Christians to pray for “kings and all who are in authority.” Titus 3:1 reminds them to be obedient to rulers. 1 Peter 2:17 says bluntly, “Fear God, honor the emperor.”
One of the defining characteristics of the evangelical Protestant tradition is a belief in the infallibility and authority of the Bible. Trump’s evangelical advisers and supporters have repeatedly returned to these biblical verses about submitting to authority to justify their support for the president’s actions ― and it’s likely that they will continue to do so.