Church burnout occured at an early age for me, a 70-plus senior and the son of a Pentecostal minister who attended services five times a week through age 17.

My deceased father, a godly man, changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican around the start of the pro-life movement. As a staunch Pentacostal believer, he cringed at the mention of President Bill Clinton and the scandalous affair he lied about.

Nowadays, many Evangelical ministers overlook the 16,000 mistruths that have been put forward by our current president, his jailed appointees, ties to playmates and porn stars, and other shortcomings — as long as he claims Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and appoints pro-life judges to the courts in hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade.

I would be considered a backslider by Pentacostal standards and by Evangelical standards. If Trump’s the moral equivalent of a Christan, count me in as well.

I make no claims to be a Christian; however, I have a moral compass and know right from wrong, a liar from a truthful person, arrogance from humility, and haughty eyes from heavenly. Times have changed, and so has the modern-day church, which now divides congregations just as this president divides this country.

If you are wondering why church membership is in decline, churches are choosing. Ask your minister when he or she chose to become a political machine for the party for life rather than save souls for eternity as a main focus. This makes the church guilty of quid pro quo. You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.

Tim Kaspari

Wrenshall