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Former Rubio Advisor Holds Blatantly Anti-Trump Poster Outside Candidate's Meeting With Evangelicals
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Former Rubio Advisor Holds Blatantly Anti-Trump Poster Outside Candidate's Meeting With Evangelicals

"We have to be sure that we are representing the Gospel in truth."

The former faith advisor to failed Republican presidential aspirant Sen. Marco Rubio stood outside Donald Trump's meeting with evangelicals Tuesday, clutching a white poster outlining his distaste for the presumptive Republican nominee.

Eric Teetsel, who traveled to New York City from his home in Kansas to sit in on meetings with leaders of Better for America, a group organizing a campaign-in-waiting for a potential third party candidate, originally planned to just speak with attendees he knew about why he thought the meeting was a bad idea.

But when he arrived at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, he felt he should take an even bolder stand.

Teetsel, 32, then went to Walgreens in search of poster board so he could fashion a hand-made sign about his issues with the billionaire, but he found nothing at the drug store.

"I wondered if that was a sign from God that I shouldn’t do this," Teetsel told Yahoo News reporter Jon Ward. "Then I walked to Staples and found some poster board."

He used a red marker in his bag to write his message on the white board: "Torture is not pro-life. Racism is not pro-life. Misogyny is not pro-life. Murdering the children of terrorists is not pro-life."

In addition, the poster featured a reference to the Scripture verse Proverbs 29:2, which reads, "When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan."

Because of his Christian faith,  and his political leanings, Teetsel felt he needed to do more than just stand quietly as attendees, spectators and journalists observed.

"Christians are called to live out the Gospel in every aspect of their lives, including politics — it matters, it’s important," he said. "But we have to be sure that we are representing the Gospel in truth." 

"I think we know enough about Donald Trump to know that a Christian response should be prayer for him," he continued, "but also a prophetic witness about what is true."

And Teetsel's decision to do just that earned him the praise of several on Twitter.

The meeting, which was slated to have 1,000 evangelical attenders, garnered somewhere around 500 guests, according to Yahoo.

Several of those in attendance — to include Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins — had previously endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican primary. But, ultimately, it was Trump who prevailed, largely thanks to lax churchgoers and less-committed Christians.

"I think there are people who wish they didn’t have to be but are genuinely torn," Teetsel said of the fractured conservative base. "It makes sense that people would have trouble coming to grips with the fact that people of faith have already lost. If you care about life and marriage and religious liberty, you’ve already lost."

In the end, though, the former faith advisor said he is disappointed to see so many Christians throwing their support behind Trump, saying the 2016 cycle has revealed to him "that very few Christians actually live according to a biblical worldview."

After spending the day hoping to dissuade fellow Christians from backing the brash billionaire, Teetsel took to Twitter to share the one question he would have asked Trump if he was in the Tuesday forum.

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