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Trump's Charlottesville Reaction Divides Evangelicals, Advisers

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By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2017 10:54 AM

In the wake of Charlottesville, members of President Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board have been the latest to discover that with this president, there are few absolutes — just choices they had better be able to defend, The Atlantic reported.

Is it better to resign out of disagreement, or remain steadfast to a calling in an effort to better guide the president when the next crisis comes?

The decision to stay on — only one evangelical adviser resigned — has been fraught with blowback from fellow evangelicals, reports the Atlantic, who at best say the advisers are enablers of the president, or at worst, paint them with the same brush they do the president:

Racist. Sympathizer to white supremacists. Hypocrite.

"If I'm invited to a table … where I'm given the opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless, share my convictions, and share my heart, then I need to go," pastor and advisory board member Tony Suarez told the Atlantic. "Why would I abandon someone now? I wouldn't do that to someone in my congregation. If there was ever a time that we need to give counsel and advice, it's right now."

But it was the president's vacillating comments in the aftermath that compelled one board member to resign and invited criticism from evangelicals aimed at those who decided to remain.

"Whatever credibility we had, we are selling that now in order to achieve and retain power and influence, which is a bargain that isn't worth it," Noah Toly, a director at Wheaton College, an evangelical school outside of Chicago, told the Atlantic. "We have to be willing to call out evil wherever it happens, and not remain silent in order to retain influence on other issues."

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In the wake of Charlottesville, members of President Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board have been the latest to discover that with this president, there are few absolutes — just choices they had better be able to defend, The Atlantic reported.
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