Prominent evangelical author Johnnie Moore says conservative Christians concerned about the future of religious liberty and the protection of the unborn were the driving force behind President-elect Donald Trump’s surprisingly successful 2016 campaign.
Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University and a well-respected evangelical humanitarian, spoke with the The Christian Post on Wednesday to offer his thoughts on the impact that the nonprofit organization My Faith Votes had on encouraging the nearly 25 million evangelical voters who stayed home in the last two elections to come out and cast their ballots this time around.
My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan organization whose honorary national chairman is Dr. Ben Carson, was highly active over the last eight months producing television and radio public service announcements that ran in over 110 million households across the United States and urged Christians to follow through on their civic duty to vote.
Additionally, the group ran a social media campaign that utilized videos featuring famous Christians talking about why and how they voted.
As exit polling numbers show that a greater percentage of white evangelicals voted for Trump than they did for the two previous Republican nominees and President George W. Bush in 2004, Moore, the spokesperson for the organization, told CP that there is no question that My Faith Votes played an “indispensable role” in the 2016 election.
“I think My Faith Votes was one of the three most significant organizations that affected the outcome of this election because they focused on just one thing,” Moore told CP. “At My Faith Votes, we focused on getting registered Christians to fulfill their moral and patriotic responsibility of showing up at the polls. We didn’t just do that in the last 48 hours. We did that over the last eight months.
“We had PSAs running in a 110 million households. We had six ads running daily on virtually every Christian radio station in America,” Moore, a CP senior editorial advisor, added. “We had over 20 events that millions and millions of people either watched online or attended in person.”
According to exit polls, 81 percent of self-identified white evangelical or white born-again Christian voters said they voted for Trump and just 16 percent of those voters said they voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Clinton’s result represents a 5 percentage point drop in the amount of white born-again Christians who supported President Barack Obama in 2012 and an 8 percentage point decrease in white born-again Christians who voted for Obama in 2008.
Trump’s result represents a 3 percentage point increase in white born-again Christians who said they voted for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 and Bush in 2004.
Additionally, Trump’s 81-percent clip with white evangelicals represents a 7 percentage point increase in white born-again Christians who voted for 2008 GOP nominee John McCain.
The biggest factors that led more evangelicals to vote for Trump, Moore said, is their concern for religious liberty and Clinton’s radical stance on partial-birth and late-term abortions.
“One clear thing is that the evangelical voice in the country is not only as strong as it has ever been, it is stronger than it has ever been before,” Moore emphasized.