I’ll Out Myself As One

Ann Coulter has been critical of a survey of “evangelical insiders” that shows Donald Trump not doing well with those people. J.C. Derrick has an explanation of who is being surveyed. I will out myself as one of those surveyed.

I know a good number of the people on the list. All of them are in some way involved in prominent evangelical organizations or ministries. Of the ones I know, I am the least insidery within the evangelical community, and even I spent a good bit of time these days engaged within the evangelical community, e.g. communicating with pastors, speaking at events, talking to and helping various evangelical organizations.

The survey is not a survey of evangelicals, but of those who have a great deal of influence within evangelical circles. It is also a survey of real evangelicals — not just some pollster putting people in that category. As J.C. Derrick notes,

Many are engaged at the national level (e.g., Russell Moore of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention), while many others are involved at the state level, including all the early voting states (e.g., radio talk show host Steve Deace in Iowa). One ran for president. Three worked in the Obama administration. None are waiting until next summer to start thinking about the presidential race.

The people in this survey are the people the laity listen to and who often help pastors shape their views. Having come to realization two years ago I’d become one of those sorts of influencers (for better or worse), I felt the need to enroll in seminary.

You don’t have to like the survey or its outcome, but you probably need to be aware that it is a reflection of insiders and leaders within the evangelical community.