Bud Kennedy

Trump asks pastors for advice, but will he listen?

Donald J. Trump shows a Bible from his mother during a 2015 speech at the Values Voter Summit.
Donald J. Trump shows a Bible from his mother during a 2015 speech at the Values Voter Summit. AP

Fort Worth evangelists Gloria and Kenneth Copeland, Southlake pastor Robert Morris and Colleyville evangelist James Robison have taken on a daunting challenge.

Along with two Southern Baptist pastors from Dallas, they have become evangelical advisors to apparent Republican nominee Donald J. Trump.

They were not required to endorse Trump, and some of the 25 leaders announced Tuesday have criticized Trump. One of the Dallas pastors, the Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist, has introduced Trump at rallies. The other is the Rev. Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist, a friend of Trump endorser Mike Huckabee.

According to the American Family Association, Trump promised support but did not promise to side with religious views over LGBT civil rights.

Trump, an occasional Presbyterian, has shown he needs lots of advice, such as when he dismissed apparent Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s United Methodist worship and said “there’s nothing out there” about her faith.

The local pastors have taken on a yuge task.

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