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Evangelicals Respond to Trump's Victory

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  • Updated Nov 09, 2016

Republican Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the U.S. in an unprecedented and historic election yesterday. Trump took key swing states such as North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In the wake of Trump’s victory, Christian leaders responded.

Franklin Graham, who has distanced himself from the Republican party, nevertheless encouraged voters to vote for the candidate who would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court.

Graham urged prayer for the country in a Facebook post this morning:

“One thing is for sure, we need to pray for our new president, vice president, and our other leaders every day–whether we agree with them or not. They need God’s help and direction. It is my prayer that we will truly be ‘one nation under God.’ Will you commit with me to pray for them every day?” the evangelist wrote.

Pastor, author, and speaker Ed Stetzer noted that Trump won despite the opposition of many evangelical leaders:


Many Christian leaders, such as Pastor John Piper, reminded followers that God is still in control and God's Kingdom is so much bigger than our elections and government.

Author and speaker Beth Moore tweeted that she hopes the church will not add to the political divisiveness:

Some Christian leaders called on the church to separate themselves from Trump and his policies:

Pastor Matt Chandler urged Christians to remember the call to embrace the downtrodden:



Yesterday, Pastor Rick Warren posted an article in which he expressed his hope for America, regardless of who wins the election. After the results came in, he reposted that article, affirming that he is still hopeful for America's future.

"People turn to God when everything else has left them empty, disappointed, and betrayed," he said.

Others, like Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, tweeted that he is glad the pro-life cause will advance by Republicans keeping control of the House.