LETTER TO EDITOR: Christianity Today speaks the truth
Last week, for the third time in history, a president was impeached. Regardless of what happens in the Senate, just like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump will forever be a president who was impeached. Many of his supporters will debate this and many will believe what the Republicans said on the House floor, that this was all political grandstanding and nothing wrong occurred. Despite the facts of testimony from respected public servants – such as Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, Fiona Hill, David Holmes, and Jennifer Williams – many will still doubt President Trump’s guilt. Instead they will say, “the liberal mainstream media is out to get him.” Hearing the facts from news commentators or witnesses, many will simply still say, “But that’s not what he says, so we believe HIM instead.”
I am particularly baffled when I hear this kind of response from friends and family members who are Christians of strong moral character. I wonder, how can they support a man who so openly displays the opposite of the moral values that they believe in?
I call your attention now to Christianity Today, the newspaper founded by respected evangelist Billy Graham. Mark Galli’s editorial, published on Dec. 19, 2019, says the following: “…But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: the President of the U.S. 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. The reason many are not shocked about this is that the president has dumbed down morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and in 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. Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president. We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. 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.”
The headline of their editorial is “Trump should be removed from office.”
Christianity Today has had the courage to speak the truth, and I respect them for it.