Baptist Message: Louisiana Baptist leaders hopeful after meeting with Trump

NEW YORK CITY – Donald Trump displayed a tremendous amount of humility while coming across as pro-life, pro-Israel and pro-traditional marriage during a meeting today with more than 1,000 social conservatives, one Louisiana Baptist pastor who attended told the Baptist Message.

“He was the most humble I have seen him,” said Louisiana Baptist Convention President Gevan Spinney. “He was responding rather than reacting. When [former Gov.] Mike Huckabee led the discussion time with Trump, he seemed really humble just to be there.”

Spinney, who is pastor of First Baptist Church in Haughton, said while Trump did reference time spent attending Sunday school as a child he did not come across as overtly religious.

“You try to look for things he said to give you hope he’s a believer but he didn’t give us any indication he was,” he said.

Spinney said Trump mentioned he potentially could name between three and five Supreme Court appointees as president and that Trump emphasized he leaned pro-life and emphasized religious freedom was a main concern of his.

“He said he was tired of Christians being attacked in courts,” Spinney said. “He made a statement that when he became president he was going to protect the rights of believers to be able to express themselves.”

Brad Jurkovich, pastor of First Baptist Church in Bossier City, said the room was full with an atmosphere of unity regarding issues they value – religious liberty, sanctity of human life and more.

He said Trump answered all questions posed to him and when asked stayed well beyond the scheduled 30 minutes allotted for his part of a day of discussions among conservative Christians that ran from 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. in New York City.

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