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Theologian and activist Ronald J. Sider has warned fellow evangelicals that US President Donald Trump is a “spiritual danger,” a view shared by 29 other religious leaders and commentators who wrote “The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump: 30 Evangelical Christians on Justice, Truth, and Moral Integrity” that hit the shelves on June 1.

Interviewed by Jack Jenkins of Religious News Service (RNS) on June 18, 2020, Sidner represents many evangelicals who have veered away from Trump, who secured the backing of 80% white evangelicals to secure the presidency in November 2016.

Sidner, author of “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving From Affluence to Generosity” and founder of the Christian think tank Evangelicals for Social Action, said “it grew out of an obvious concern that white evangelicals were not thinking in an adequately biblical way in their reflections on Donald Trump, his character and his policies. We felt we needed to speak out using our First Amendment rights of freedom of speech to talk about how we evaluated the president’s character and actions in terms of biblical standards.”

Asked by Jenkins the spiritual danger posed by Trump, Sidner said: “I would summarize it this way: Trump lies constantly. He has repeatedly demonstrated adulterous sexual behavior. He fails to make justice for the poor a concern in his policies. He constantly stokes white racism. His response to COVID-19 was dreadfully weak in the first couple of months. His position on climate change is simply disastrous. And his constant attacks on the fake media undermine democracy.” He added: “The black church overwhelmingly did not support, and does not support, Trump. The majority of Hispanics don’t either. So when you take all of that into account, plus the fact that 19% of white evangelicals did not support Trump, there’s probably 40% of evangelicalism — I don’t have a poll to show that exactly, but approximately something like that — did not vote for Donald Trump.”