*Presidential primary/election 2016
Wikipedia indicates that while there is no definitive list of Bible Belt states, they usually include Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Some lists also include North Carolina.
On March 1, 2016, Super Tuesday was held for the Presidential primary. This included several states found in the Bible Belt lists.
Webster's dictionary defines evangelical as “of or being in agreement with the Christian gospel”
In Galatians 5:22,23 evangelicals will find the Fruits of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
Donald Trump won the Republican nomination in the Bible belt states on Super Tuesday.
Why are evangelicals raising to power the seeming antithesis of what they honor for their own lives? Is the Bible belt worn only on Sunday mornings?
Guess I need to explore this more. First, are true evangelicals voting at all? Perhaps the stated evangelicals did not vote for Trump. Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio did receive significant votes, just not enough to beat Trump. Some evangelicals might find they possess characteristics more in line with Christianity, therefore their votes went to Rubio or Cruz. I have not formed an opinion on either of these candidates, this is only about Trump. Perhaps evangelicals were following Mark 12:17 – 'give unto Caesar what is Caesar's.'
In truth, I'm not sure you can mix the ideology of politics and religion. It just seems like Christians should be more eager to honor Christian ideals. So all this talk of evangelicals bound with Republicans should be stopped. And no, I do not believe the first amendment provides for separation of church and state. It only says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” which doesn't mean I can not speak of them together. Actually Mark 12:17 more clearly defines separation of church and state.
So in the final analysis, what does this all mean? I don't know. I only know that real people I talk to don't have any means to fix this government mess, and are confused as to whom their vote will be given.
President Trump has just completed his first 100 days in office. This country continues to be confused and divided. There are plenty of sources to locate information on what all has gone on. There are too many things to go into here. I just know that 'evangelicals' still praise President Trump as their man, and people like me, who find him lacking the qualities of character that should be seen in the leader - POTUS - don't understand why he is so praised. The divisions are not just between politicians across the aisle, but can be found in all neighborhoods across America. Where, when, and how will this all end?
Oh, and also, Trump has already signed an executive order undoing existing rules that will allow churches to preach political ideas without losing their tax free status.