Sometimes we do stupid things. We just don’t think before we act or say something that isn’t very kind. Christianity Today made one of those blunders. They will clearly pay for that blunder in the arena of public opinion among Christians who read their magazine. Why they allowed their chief editor to make such a political statement against a sitting President is beyond me. In response, there were 170 influential leaders who wrote to the magazine expressing their disappointment. Here is a short summary of what they said:
As one of our signatories said to the press, "I hope Christianity Today will now tell us who they will support for president among the 2020 Democrat field?"
Your editorial offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens of millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations.
It not only targeted our president; it also targeted those of us who support him and have supported you.
We all know that our President is different than most Presidents we have had in the past. He speaks his mind and the normal pressures of the Oval Office do not rule him. The author, Christianity Today’s Editor in chief Mark Galli, is no better or worse than Donald Trump. For that matter, who among us is better than Donald Trump? It seems that so much of what is brought against President Trump has been issues that are either not proven or he has been exonerated from them. The powers who want him out of Office thought the Mueller Report would find something to impeach him, yet nothing was found. You would think they would move on to another election cycle, preparing for the election in 2020, but they kept on looking for something that would hopefully result in President Trump’s impeachment. This is standard operating procedure by the political process in Washington, but not so much by the Evangelical community. Mark Galli and Christianity Today broke ranks with conservatives by calling for Trump’s impeachment and removal from Office. Naturally I would ask the question, “who in Washington is above sinning and being immoral?” I find it rather hypocritical of those who support the Democrats’ mindset, call President Trump “immoral.” If we want to use the “immoral card” why aren’t we using it to identify the real culprit of “immorality” which is our own Government? Any government who supports the killing of over 60 million babies is as immoral as Nazi Germany, but that isn’t the kind of immorality we like to talk about. Rather we like the “immorality” of Trump, because this kind of immorality gets us some political capital for the upcoming 2020 election. Here is an excerpt of what Editor in chief Mark Galli said about Trump:
“He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His 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.”
Here is what I find interesting about Mark Galli and Christianity Today’s take on President Trump. When I read articles like Galli’s and other Christian’s online comments about our President, I get totally confused. Whatever happened to the grace factor that is preached about 98% of the time in Church? Are these folks not listening to how God operates toward us? Have we become numb to its Message? Whatever happened to having grace to pray for our President? All we get is condemnation, which is exactly what came out from Mark Galli.
In reality, there have been several Presidents in the recent past that I haven’t liked, but Christians were always asked to pray for them, hoping God will Guide and Direct them. In the past, articles in CT dealing with political figures were always honest, but they always encouraged prayer for better outcomes. Not this time. Galli asked for Trump’s head, and that was it. I think because this dimension of prayer was missing, the tone of it was much more egregious. Anyone can disagree with policies and the direction of the Government, but to personally attack the President as Mark Galli did is uncalled for and to me ultimately politically motivated. To make matters worse, Galli’s comments about voting for Trump infers that action as a violation of our commitment to Christ as a Believer.
To the many Evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.
This sounds more like an indictment and condemnation than it does an evangelical concern about our President. To me, as well as many Americans, we don’t see the charges of impeachment as reason to remove him from Office. In answering the critics about any blind Evangelical support, I don’t support Trump because of my Faith, I support him because I like his conservative stand. Please don’t make this about Faith, or about morality - that is simply a straw argument. My personal testimony as a Christian isn’t predicated upon whom I vote for but is about the God I Believe in. All candidates are sinners and to single out one to be worse than another is a foolish argument by those who do it.
Mark Galli’s most honest and trustworthy statement came in the opening words of his article.
“Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had it out for him from day one, and therefore nearly everything they do is under a cloud of partisan suspicion. This has led many to suspect not only motives but facts in these recent impeachment hearings.”
After this statement, it doesn’t matter what Mark Galli says because he exposes his agenda against Trump and wants him gone. It’s good to hear his side of the case, but Mark Galli is opinionated and is dead wrong.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler
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