On the campaign trail, Donald Trump touted his Christian roots and his Christian faith.
His first major speech at Liberty University in Virginia, however, was one that was less about the church and more about his own faith.
“I have been a Christian for 45 years,” he said.
“My faith has been central to my life.
I love Jesus.”
But after his inauguration, the president-elect has made clear that he has no faith in the Bible, and that he is not interested in a literal interpretation of the Bible.
“The Bible is a historical document,” he told a crowd in his inaugural address, “not a literal document.”
“I believe the Bible is written in the spirit of love and understanding.”
Trump’s comments have led to a backlash from evangelicals, who have been alarmed by Trump’s lack of understanding of the Christian faith and how it informs his presidency.
“He is not a Christian,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (IRLC).
And it’s also quite disturbing that the president of a Christian country would have such a problem.” “
It’s really quite astonishing that someone who is not even a Christian would be a president of this country.
And it’s also quite disturbing that the president of a Christian country would have such a problem.”
In his address to Liberty University, Trump described himself as a Christian, and he was clearly aware that his administration is not Christian.
“As a young man, I was deeply troubled by the way that our society had become so divided,” he began.
But when you are older, you understand that we can overcome the world by working together to bring about the greatest gift of all: a better, more just world.” “
When you are a young person, you can imagine how this world could end.
But when you are older, you understand that we can overcome the world by working together to bring about the greatest gift of all: a better, more just world.”
Trump, like many Christian conservatives, believes in traditional Christianity, and there is a difference between his faith and that of many other religious leaders.
But Trump also clearly understood the impact of his Christian background on his presidency, and on his ability to govern effectively.
“For years I have worked on this campaign with the goal of getting the most Christian administration ever elected,” he later told the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“And we have had tremendous success.”
Trump has made some changes to his faith, but his views on religious institutions have not changed.
His pastor, however he defines his faith.
According to a 2016 poll by Public Religion Research Institute, Trump has a negative view of the Baptist church, with 56% of Americans expressing a negative opinion of the church.
Trump’s church, however is not all that different from other Christian churches.
“This is a church that celebrates Jesus Christ,” Trump told the Liberty students in Virginia.
“In my church, there’s no room for prejudice.”
And while Trump’s Christian heritage may have played a role in his political success, it is unlikely to help him govern effectively in the long run.
“There’s a difference in the Trump presidency between the religious faith of the president and the religious commitment of his administration,” Vander Plaeats said.
Trump has said that he would not appoint a Supreme Court justice with no religious background, and some conservatives have argued that he might not be as Christian as he claims.
However, in his speech at the University of Virginia, Trump made clear he was not interested on a literal reading of the bible, and was more interested in the way his administration and his administration’s policies could benefit the Christian community.
“We can get along just fine if we make it the law of the land,” Trump said.
“I’ve never seen the Bible or seen a copy of it.
It’s a text of love.
Trump did not explicitly say that he was an evangelical, but Vander Pläts believes that he did. “
If you want to understand it, you have to have the heart and the soul and the intellect to be able to read it.”
Trump did not explicitly say that he was an evangelical, but Vander Pläts believes that he did.
“What the president is saying is that he’s a Christian.
But he’s not a pastor.
He’s not even religious,” Vander PLäts said.
Vander Plas, the head of the Liberty University Ethics and Religion Commission, believes that Trump’s religious faith has played a part in his success in the White House.
“That’s a very different approach than that of other Christian leaders,” Vander PPLaats said, adding that Trump may have made a distinction between his Christian beliefs and the ones of the faith.
Trump was a “very conservative Christian,” Vander POHLaats continued.
“Many of the conservative Christian leaders I know are much more liberal.
So he’s an evangelical Christian, but he doesn’t hold the views of the evangelical leaders. “