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Falwell is willingly compromising his Christian ethics to support Trump.

This week, evangelicals have been debating how to respond to challenging aspects of Trump’s presidency.

Earlier this week, responding to allegations that Donald Trump had a 2006 extramarital affair with an adult film actress — and paid her for her silence — Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins said Trump got a “mulligan” on the affair.

The most striking take yet, however, came from Jerry Falwell Jr., president of evangelical Liberty University. He defended the president by arguing that Christian ethics and American politics should be kept separate. Thursday, Falwell tweeted:

Jesus said love our neighbors as ourselves but never told Caesar how to run Rome-he never said Roman soldiers should turn the other cheek in battle or that Caesar should allow all the barbarians to be Roman citizens or that Caesar should tax the rich to help poor. That’s our job.

— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) January 26, 2018

Falwell later followed up with a (slightly) more conciliatory tweet, saying:

All the clowns commenting on my tweet below with their bowels in an uproar can relax b/c the other side of the coin is Jesus never told Caesar he shouldn’t tax the rich to help the poor either. You can be a good Christian whether you vote conservative or liberal! https://t.co/T3skE1Ewwo

— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) January 26, 2018

In this series of tweets, Falwell’s essentially saying that Christian values are not necessarily required for good governance. Implicitly promoting militarism, low taxes on the rich, and anti-immigration policies — cornerstones of the Trump administration’s agenda — Falwell suggests that Trump need not follow Jesus’s ethic to be a Christian politician.

The most generous interpretation of Falwell’s comments is that he’s cleaving to a very specific interpretation of Biblical political ethics. It’s Read More Here