Christianity Today ‘No Longer Speaks for Evangelicals’ After Impeachment Op-Ed

Posted by on December 20, 2019 11:38 pm
Categories: Politics

On Thursday, Christianity Today’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli called for the removal of President Donald Trump in the impeachment process. He cited the late renowned evangelist Billy Graham, the magazine’s founder. Many evangelical leaders, notably including Billy Graham’s son Franklin, condemned the op-ed and insisted that Christianity Today no longer speaks for evangelicals.

“In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith. The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment,” Galli wrote. He again referenced Graham, saying that the founder encouraged Christianity Today to “make our own opinions on political matters clear … with both conviction and love.” He insisted that the magazine’s staff do “love and pray for our president.”

Yet Galli went on to demand Trump’s removal from office — either through the impeachment process or by the voters in 2020. He insisted that “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 framing is extremely debatable, and even if it is true, Trump’s action arguably does not rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors — since an investigation into Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine (from which his son Hunter profited handsomely) is arguably in America’s interest.

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