[261] Xianity Today
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[261] Xianity Today

Christianity Today recently published a silly editorial advocating the removal of Trump from office.  In brief, the charge was immorality on two fronts.  The first was that he “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,” stated the editorial.  The second was his immoral behavior with women “for which he remains proud.”

Irrespective of how people feel about the 45th President, the editorial was incredibly weak, naïve, and worse, destructive.  It was weak in that it stipulated no real crime or even proof that the President tried “to coerce a foreign leader” for his own ends.  No documentation for harassment and discrediting. In fact, the Ukrainian leader stated he felt no pressure from Trump on the Biden matter.  The article smacked of naivete, indicating a less than sophisticated understanding of how chiefs of state work, and what their proper sphere of influence happens to be.  For example, the magazine may have considered the opinion of Alan Dershowitz—hardly a Trump advocate or evangelical.  Dershowitz stated that as Chief Executive, Trump had not just a right, but a duty to look into executive branch ethical violations of even past Vice Presidents.  As for his carousing, I do not recall any recent braggadocio from Trump about sexual escapades from his past.  I do remember reading that something happened in his life over a decade ago that changed his behavior.

On a related note, there are a number of well-respected evangelicals–people much closer to the President than the bards in the metropolis of Carol Stream, Illinois–who happen to think that Trump is a believer, however immature may be his discipleship. The article drew a strongly negative reaction from many, including Ralph Reed and Franklin Graham, whose father, Billy, founded the magazine.

The editorial was destructive as it needlessly divided the Christian community in a public fashion, the kind of division scoffing secularists watch with glee and report with abandon.

Christianity Today exhibited more hubris than wisdom, more naivete than insight in rendering its proclamations on Trump.  Let’s hope this error in judgment will quickly be lost in the rearview mirror with other past and forgettable events.  DC

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