Young, evangelical and voting for Biden — but how do they explain it to their parents?

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Source: Religion News Service

Young evangelical Joe Biden voters are searching for ways to talk with their friends and relatives about their political decision — and their aversion to President Donald Trump.

(RNS) — Confused, dismayed, misunderstood. Young evangelical Joe Biden voters are searching for ways to talk with their friends and relatives about their political decision — and their aversion to President Donald Trump.

Sarah “Rye” Ryan, 31, said she saw the hypocrisy of evangelical leaders for the first time due to Trump’s election in 2016. “It felt like the veil was lifted. … They weren’t to be trusted.”

Ryan’s sister was working for immigrant rights in Boston in 2016 and had similar feelings. She was “so terrified,” Ryan explained, because she was working with immigrants directly affected by Trump’s policies.

Ryan’s sister had a background as a missionary and in theological studies, and Ryan recalled her sister’s confusion around the evangelical backing for Trump. “Trump’s immigration policies are so obviously not what the Christian faith stands for,” Ryan said.

In the last four years, Ryan said she has heard similar stories from other friends in their 20s or 30s — many of whom left the church over what they felt was the hypocrisy of supporting Trump.

Before Trump, these young Christians may have worried they would disappoint their parents if they didn’t go to church, but after their parents voted for Trump, their reaction was more like “no, you’re wrong, and you’ve let us down,” Ryan explained.

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