Evangelical Leaders Reject Christianity Today’s Anti-Trump Editorial
If Christianity Today editor Mark Galli was hoping that his call for President Donald Trump’s removal would start a movement within the evangelical community, he has found himself in a world of disappointment. Having been chastised by none other than Christian leader Franklin Graham, whose father started CT, and slammed by other evangelical leaders, Galli is on an island of his own. And if there is a reason that Christians are so dedicated to Trump, it was probably outlined best by the president himself.
“I guess the magazine, ‘Christianity Today,’ is looking for Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or those of the socialist/communist bent, to guard their religion,” Trump wrote. “How about Sleepy Joe? The fact is, no President has ever done what I have done for Evangelicals, or religion itself!”
Trump may not be able to get into a deep theological discussion about the Sermon on the Mount, but then again, no Christian is particularly confused about who this man is. His personal faith, or lack thereof, is virtually immaterial. The important thing is that Trump has decided to fight back against the very things that matter to Christian America: Abortion on demand, a socialist state, and the persecution of Christians themselves, just to name a few. Why would his religious supporters throw that away? Because Trump asked Ukraine to investigate the Bidens? What possible sense does that make?
“Why would Christianity Today choose to take the side of the Democrat left whose only goal is to discredit and smear the name of the sitting president?” asked Graham in a Facebook post.
Well, exactly. Why, indeed?
“It’s sad to see Christianity Today echo the arguments of The Squad & the Resistance and deepen its irrelevance among Christians,” tweeted Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Caucus.
As The New York Times noted (reluctantly), Christianity Today’s big moral stand against Trump puts them in bed with an exceedingly small minority of evangelicals.
“According to a recent poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, 77 percent of white evangelical Protestants approves of the job Mr. Trump is doing in office, including half who strongly approves. And nearly all — 98 percent — of Republican white evangelical Protestants said they opposed Mr. Trump’s impeachment, the institute found,” the Times reported.
Look, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that some of the things Trump says and does…well, they don’t exactly line up with the teachings of Jesus. But Trump wasn’t elected to be a spokesman for the Presbyterian Church, he was elected to fix this country and keep it from sliding into an immoral, unjust, downright disastrous pit of socialist despair. He’s doing that job pretty damn well. We fail to see the point of helping his enemies – who are also the enemies of evangelical Christianity – defeat him.