I USED TO WRITE for Mark Galli, now the editor in chief of a magazine founded by Billy Graham, Christianity Today. That was back when Mark edited Christian History magazine. I’ve never been more proud of Mark than I was yesterday when I saw he wrote the editorial titled “Trump Should Be Removed from Office.”
I hope this sends shock waves through the ranks of evangelicals who have been holding their noses at the president’s despicable behavior and tolerating the stink because they approve of some other things he does, like picking judges who track with their agenda.
Time to let go of their noses and inhale the scent of raw sewage rising up out of our nation. This is the smell of immorality.
Here are some lines of Mark’s editorial in one of Christianity’s leading conservative magazines.
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…
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. Christianity Today
I agree with Mark when he says the magazine he edits prefers to “stay above the fray and allow Christians with different political convictions to make their arguments in the public square.”
I hate writing political stuff. Hate it.
But enough is enough.
Earlier this week I did something I’ve never felt compelled to do before. I protested with a sign that said, “No one is above the law.” I am no longer an activist virgin. I gave it up for Mr. Trump.
A seminary friend of mine chastised me by saying,
God has been in the habit of using very flawed people for his purposes. President Trump is not beyond being used by God for his purposes.
I replied, that God is no fan of sin. And I added this, from Paul’s last known letter before his execution.
“If we turn our back on him,
He’ll turn his back on us.
He won’t fail to do what is right.
He can’t change who he is.
Remind the people about all of this. And give them this command, with God watching: Stop fighting over mere words. It’s good for nothing but demolishing the faith of the people listening.
Work hard at what you’re doing. Then one day stand before God as a worker with nothing to be ashamed of because you got the Good News right—in the words you spoke and in the way you lived.
Step away from senseless yap, yap, yapping. All it does is drag people down.”
(2 Timothy 2:12-16 Casual English Bible)
We’ve been patient with the president long enough. It’s time to take a stand against his many sins or to stop enabling his mental illness if that is a source of his thoroughly selfish behavior that seems void of concern for anyone but himself.
He’s hurting himself and he’s hurting others. The damage he has already done to people, especially people who aren’t white-skinned, will linger for their lifetime.
We need to put a stop to this. He should be removed from office.