‘Render to God and Trump’
That was the original title of a book, written by Faith and Freed Coalition founder and devoted Trump supporter Ralph Reed, scheduled to come out next year in the lead-up to the general election, according to Politico.
The title, which was a reference to the biblical verse “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” has since been changed to “For God and Country: The Christian Case for Trump.” The name is different, but the message is not.
In the book, Reed, one of Trump’s biggest Christian backers, argues that American evangelicals “have a moral obligation to enthusiastically back” the president.
Why? Well, Reed says evangelicals have a duty to defend the incumbent Republican leader against “the stridently anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, and pro-abortion agenda of the progressive left.”
A senior administration official was quoted in Politico explaining how Trump resonates so well with an evangelical base. “Part of the reason why many religious leaders support Trump is because he is great on life, religious freedom, judges, Israel, taxes, conscience protections, fetal issue [sic] and also because Hillary Clinton and his would-be opponents next year are so awful on all of the above,” the official said.
The approach is clearly working, with 81% of self-described white, born-again or evangelical Christians having voted for Trump in 2016, according to Pew.
Reed’s group, specifically, invested $18 million in get-out-the-vote efforts during the midterm elections and has warned conservative Christians that “pretty much everything” is on the line in 2020.
Of course, not all religious leaders are on board: