How Trump is remaking evangelicalism

Many Christians may not see political activism as central to their faith. “Mostly evangelicals think of themselves as Jesus people,” wrote Galli. “Most days, those lives are consumed with being faithful spouses and parents, being diligent and honest in their jobs, caring for their children, teaching Sunday school, volunteering and the food pantry, [and] attending a small-group Bible study …”

But this passivity is itself a form of privilege. The outcome of the election is being felt much differently in white churches than in immigrant communities, which tend to be deeply religious. “A five-alarm fire is raging through the Latino community. Relatively few outside our community—and very few within the evangelical community—seem to care,” wrote Robert Chao Romero, an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Many of us feel deeply hurt by the perceived apathy of the evangelical church in response to our suffering. Though we suffer, we don’t see the rest of the body of Christ suffering with us.” In general, these Christians don’t share Trump supporters’ sense of victory. “These aren’t issues in books or blogs,” wrote Sandra Maria van Opstal, the executive pastor of Grace and Peace Community in Chicago. “These are people who I care for deeply, people who have names: Michal, Myriam, Juwaan, Marisol, and Siouxsan.”

This, above all, may be the fracture line within the church that Trump has most exacerbated: race.