Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has agreed to a meeting with Donald Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee, according to Fox News.
Floyd said, in a post on Fox News, that while he would not make a presidential endorsement, he aims to be as informed as possible about each candidate and their platform. Because of that, he explained, “It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to meet with Mr. Trump.”
He admits in the post that while he is concerned about comments Trump has made about women, minorities, and immigrants, not voting is simply not an option.
Floyd emphasizes that Christians in America have both a “biblical responsibility,” and the responsibilities of United States citizens.
The right to vote is a privilege that “men and women have died on the battlefield to give us,” Floyd wrote. “I’m not walking away from that privilege.”
Floyd said he would not be meeting Trump to listen to a speech. “We will be there to get to know one another — to talk.”
He also mentioned that he would be willing to meet with Hillary Clinton, as well.
The Southern Baptist Convention leader noted that though the election is for president, not “Pastor-in-Chief,” the election is still incredibly important to conservative evangelicals.
“This election is about the most significant religious freedom concerns in American history.”