Evangelical leaders and their flocks, we are told, are supporting Donald Trump for president by overwhelming margins. Despite a campaign marked by bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny, and a candidate whose personal character and sexual morality are completely contrary to their professed values, evangelicals are still rallying to Trump’s side. Or so the story goes.

But there’s a problem with that story.

The term “evangelical” has become political shorthand for white political conservatives who profess to be evangelicals and vote overwhelmingly for Republican political candidates, based almost solely on their opposition to abortion and gay marriage.


Rev. Jim Wallis is the president and founder of Sojourners. His most recent book is America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America. Follow him on Twitter @jimwallis.