Four years ago, I endorsed Donald J. Trump for president of the United States. A lot of people — including many whose opinions I deeply respect — thought I was crazy at the time. But after three years of the Trump presidency, most of them now acknowledge that my instincts were correct.

My father was willing to court controversy by supporting Ronald Reagan over President Jimmy Carter, the evangelical favorite in the 1980 election, because he knew that Reagan would be a more effective leader. I made the same calculation in 2016, knowing that some Christians might object to my endorsement based on their perceptions of Trump’s supposed “New York values,” but confident that I was nonetheless making the right choice — both for myself and for my country.

It’s nice to have a president who shares your theological beliefs, but it’s essential to have a president who can competently administer the government, spearhead an effective policy agenda and advance America’s interests on the world stage.

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Fortunately for me (and America), my endorsement didn’t require me to make any such tradeoffs, because Donald Trump knows that defending this country’s Christian values is just as important to achieving American Greatness as presiding over a strong and growing economy.

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