Scripture says that a good name is better than gold or silver. But take a name, any name that Christ-followers are known by, and it won’t be long before efforts from without and within will be at work trying to destroy it. Unfortunately, that is part and parcel of Christianity’s existence in a fallen sinful world. But let us remember that the ultimate reason good names come under attack is at least two-fold. Reason one is to try to ruin the credibility of the person or persons bearing the name. And Reason two is to attempt to make the person or persons bearing the name feel too ashamed or afraid to continue doing what they are known for. And there is a name that is currently under attack like never before. And that is the name “Evangelical”. Webster’s primary definitions of the word are that which is, “of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels” and “emphasizing salvation by faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ through personal conversion, the authority of Scripture, and the importance of preaching as contrasted with ritual”. This name has come under increased attack in the last year since Republicans, through the election of President Trump, have regained majority control of the House and Senate. Along with this regime change of sorts came an unprecedented level of evangelical leaders having continual access to the Oval Office. And of course with such access comes a great responsibility to maintain the proper definition of evangelicalism while also praying for and attempting to advise the President on policy and other issues. How successful has it been for evangelicals to have such access to our nation’s seat of power? It depends on your perspective. I’ll say that there are many things I can applaud about the influence evangelical leaders seem to be having over the President. But I must also admit that there appears to be some things seriously lacking. I wonder if any of these leaders are firmly counseling him on how to communicate more maturely as he fulfills his duties as Commander-in-Chief. But more than that, I hope and pray that through some of their efforts, the president will come to a clear saving knowledge of the truth in Jesus Christ. But that is my perspective. Perhaps some other born-again believer who actually gets to sit down with him sees great hope and knows more than I do about President Trump’s faith.