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Is the Biden inauguration a 'trauma of biblical proportions' for Evangelicals?

Joel C. Rosenberg tells Jerusalem Post that Evangelicals must do some "soul-searching" and pray for new president

President-elect Joe Biden takes the Oath of Office to become the 46th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2021. (Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa USA)

What will Evangelical Christians in America do now and how will they respond with Donald Trump out of office?

Just hours after the inauguration, The Jerusalem Post explored the responses of Evangelical Christians who watched Joe Biden get sworn in as America’s 46th president, calling it a trauma “of biblical proportions.”

The article cites Evangelical leaders — including ALL ISRAEL NEWS Editor-in-Chief Joel Rosenberg — and others who write about Evangelical Christian issues, to find out just where believers are at with the change of power in the U.S.

Rosenberg said the Evangelical community is going to have to do some soul-searching, quoting Job 1:21: “The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.”

“It was not that they supported every tweet, every speech or every action of Donald Trump,” Rosenberg told The Post. “But Evangelicals overwhelmingly supported the policy direction that Trump was taking for the country.”

The article referred to a poll that we covered here at ALL ISRAEL NEWS which showed that at the end of his term, 42% of U.S. Evangelicals disapproved of Trump and 36% believed he should be impeached. Read our exclusive story here.

“There is a (Trump) policy legacy that Evangelicals really appreciated and will always appreciate,” said Rosenberg. “But there will be an assessment... that he stumbled bad at the end.”

Trump’s strong stance on biblical issues, such as his opposition to abortion, and on typically Republican issues, such as gun control, was only a small part of why Evangelicals overwhelmingly supported the president. He was also considered the best American president that Israel ever had. 

“From moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City of Jerusalem and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, to the Abraham Accords and his hard-line stance against the Islamic terrorist regime, the former president arguably did more for Israel and the whole Middle East than any president in recent history,” reporter Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman wrote in The Jerusalem Post article.

Biden “could turn out to be a great friend of Israel and bring more peace treaties,” but also will not “defend the rights of an unborn child to be born – a biblical value,” which will anger Evangelicals, Rosenberg said.

However, he noted that no matter who is in the White House, that God is still in control and still requires that Christians pray for those in leadership.

“We all need to be praying for President Biden and Vice President (Kamala) Harris, and their families,” said Rosenberg. “Where we disagree with them, we should — and will — be clear, firm but respectful. But when they do things right, we should be willing to say so.”

Read the full Jerusalem Post article here where Rosenberg and others discuss several other interesting Biblical texts and stories.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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