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Evangelicals are figuring it out

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By Mark Azzara

Dear Friend,

Surveys and studies are published every day and I usually brush them off, but a recent report grabbed my attention. It indicates that evangelical Christians may finally be starting to wise up to President Trump.

To quote columnist Ross Douthat’s assessment of the report, “The more often a Trump voter attended church, the less white-identitarian they appeared, the more they expressed favorable views of racial minorities, and the less they agreed with populist arguments on trade and immigration.”

That means church-going Republicans are more in line with the traditional definition of both the GOP and their faith, whereas non-churchgoers are more populist, less racially tolerant and committed to steering the party to the far right.

I’m not writing this letter to bash Trump. It’s my way of expressing hope that evangelicals will increasingly see the error of their ways and heal their (well-deserved) reputation for being loyal to Trump at the expense of their faith.

This change won’t happen without a struggle, but you won’t read about that struggle in the Spokesman-Review or hear about it on KREM or KHQ. That’s because the struggle will take place within the hearts and minds of Christians.

I pray they see the need to go through that struggle – not for the sake of the GOP or even the nation, but because of the false message they convey to the world about their/our faith.

All God’s blessings – Mark

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Mark Azzara

About Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and a non-denominational prayer community and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

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Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and a non-denominational prayer community and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

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