Like many evangelicals, I have great respect for Christianity Today. It remains a hallmark, evangelical publication. And although it has leaned leftward in some respects in recent years, it is quite conservative compared to far-left evangelical publications like Jim Wallis’ Sojourners. So, it represents a serious moment when Mark Galli, the editor in chief of Christianity Today (henceforth CT), writing on behalf of the publication, calls for Trump’s removal.
Galli recalls Billy Graham’s vision in founding CT, namely, that the magazine “will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith.” And while CT normally does not focus on political issues, recognizing the diversity within evangelicalism, it “welcomes Christians from across the political spectrum, and reminds everyone that politics is not the end and purpose of our being.”
Nonetheless, the impeachment of the president calls for comment, and so Galli will share his thoughts with conviction and love.
After affirming CT’s love and prayers for President Trump, Galli recognizes how the Democrats have “had it out for [Trump] from day one,” acknowledging the partisan, even unfair nature of the impeachment hearings.
Nonetheless, he writes, “the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”
Why is it, then, that many evangelicals are not shocked by this? It is because “this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration.”
Not only so, but “[h]is Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.”
On this basis, Galli argues, Trump should be removed, and no amount of good that he has done can justify his continuing in office with our support. Rather, “The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see. This damages the institution of the presidency, damages the reputation of our country, and damages both the spirit and the future of our people. None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.”
Back in 1998, CT said of then-impeached President Clinton, “Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.”
Consistency calls for them to say the same thing today about President Trump.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown