Your editorial, “How do you choose a candidate,” is timely and important. How important? Just last week, there was an article about polls showing that 68 percent of Baptist pastors approve of Donald Trump’s performance. That was mind-boggling, depressing and should concern every citizen of America, not just Baptists.
During the 1960 election, I was an (unpaid) official of a local union and working for GE. The pastor of the East Texas Baptist Church I attended told me he didn’t like my Kennedy bumper sticker. That year, Baptists were supporting Nixon because they believed Kennedy wouldn’t believe in separation of church and state. Now, the big issue is also separation of church and state, but many Baptist preachers want to do away with it.
Ironically, 14 years later in August 1974, I was working for the Nixon White House as a pilot with the Army One Flight Detachment (before the Marines became the sole presidential flight detachment in 1976) when Nixon and his family left the White House for the last time aboard Army One.
You listed the reasons a lot of people give for voting a certain way. It would have been interesting to see why these Baptist pastors still support Trump, despite his demonstrated contempt for many—if not most—Biblical teachings. Of course, Trump isn’t on the ballot, but those who rubber stamp his actions and words are.