Mark 3:24-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
It is an ancient axiom: divide and conquer. So it is that our enemies strive to divide us, and so it is that we strive to unite so that we might remain standing.
What is true of warfare is also true of politics. That is why this editorial, Trump Should Be Removed from Office (christianitytoday.com), received so much coverage in the mass media. Here is the gist of it.
But 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.
The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of 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 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. (from here)
Christianity Today is supposedly an evangelical Christian publication, and much of Trump’s support comes from evangelical Christians. Therefore, the mass media, most of it dedicated to separating President Trump from his supporters, gleefully locked on to that Christianity Today editorial.
The mass media, however, encountered a problem. Nearly 200 evangelical leaders slam Christianity Today for questioning their Christian witness (christianpost.com). Evangelical Christians don’t think Trump is perfect, but they support WHAT HE IS DOING! That is why 200 evangelical leaders responded to that editorial in Christianity Today. Here is how their letter, attached to the Christian Post article cited above, begins.
We write collectively to express our dissatisfaction with the editorial Christianity Today published on Thursday, December 19, 2019 calling for the removal of our duly elected President, who was put into office at the behest of over sixty million voters.
It was astonishing to us that your editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, further offensively dismissed our point of view on CNN by saying, “Christianity Today is not read by the people – Christians on the far right, by evangelicals on the far right – so they’re going to be as dismissive of the magazine as President Trump has shown to be.” It also came to our attention, that Mr. Galli has written other statements about Americans who chose Donald Trump over Secretary Clinton in 2016, referring to them as “These other evangelicals [who] often haven’t finished college, and if they have jobs, and apparently most of them don’t, they are blue-collar jobs or entry level work” as he describes himself with pride as an “elite evangelical.” (continued here)
What is apparent is that the editor of Christianity Today, in spite of his initial pretensions, does not represent the opinions of evangelical Christians. Mark Galli doesn’t even seem to like evangelical Christians.
Is anyone representative of all evangelical Christians? Doubt it. Everyone is unique, but we band together to protect common interests. Christians band together because each of us — each Christian — strives to do their part as the body of Christ. Because our Savior apparently wants us to make our own choices, however, we often muddle about in uncertainty, puzzling over what we should do to glorify God. So it was that many of us came to appreciate Donald Trump’s leadership reluctantly, after initially rejecting his bid for the presidency.
In Christianity Today versus Donald Trump (washingtontimes.com), Everett Piper describes his struggle over the candidacy of Donald Trump, and he explains why he now believes that Christianity Today editorial is wrong.
On Jan. 18, 2016, Jerry Falwell Jr. welcomed Donald Trump to Liberty University to endorse his candidacy for the presidency of the United States. As the evangelical college president who wrote the “this is not a daycare” article that received so much national attention, I received a call from the media the next day. I was asked, “Would I be next?” Was I going to follow suit and invite Mr. Trump to my university to speak in our chapel? Would I be giving Donald Trump my endorsement?
My answer on Fox News, and other media outlets, was, “No.” “Frankly, Donald Trump simply doesn’t represent my school’s behavioral, theological, moral, or political ideals,” I said. “Anyone who has been on the cover of Playboy, anyone who brags of his sexual history with multiple women, and anyone who owns strip clubs in his casinos” is not someone I can or will endorse. “No, Donald Trump will not be speaking at my university.
On Dec. 14, 2019, Christianity Today published an editorial essentially saying the same thing that I said three years ago. Commenting on the present impeachment debate, the Christianity Today editor in chief, Mark Galli, called for the immediate removal of Donald Trump as our nation’s president. (continued here)
In time, Piper changed his mind. To see why, read the rest of his article. Learn why Donald Trump should not be removed from office.