Trump Attacks Christian Magazine After Editorial Calling For His Removal


President Trump said no one has done more for evangelical Christians than he has, implying the editorial is a betrayal.

President Donald Trump lashed out at Christianity Today after the evangelical magazine published an editorial calling for his removal from office, wrongly identifying the magazine as “far left” and “very ‘progressive.’”

Trump also said the publication is “doing poorly,” but Axios noted that Christianity Today has “4.3 million monthly visitors on its site and hundreds of thousands of print subscribers.”

“No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close,” Trump said during his Twitter rant, adding that he would no longer be reading the magazine.

On Thursday, Mark Galli, the editor in chief of Christianity Today, wrote that Trump should be removed from office, citing the president’s attempt “to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents,” which Galli called “profoundly immoral.”

"That [Trump] should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments."

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham, whose father, the late Reverend Billy Graham, founded Christianity Today in 1956, responded to the editorial by saying his father would not have supported Trump’s removal.

"Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece," Franklin Graham wrote, before saying his father was a Trump supporter prior to his death in 2018. "My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation."

"It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism," Graham said, also accusing the magazine of being "used by the left for their political agenda."

Trump enjoys strong support from the evangelical community and won 81% of the evangelical vote in 2016, according to Pew Research Center.

Read the editorial here.

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For those who are astonished at a Christian publication calling for Donald Trump’s removal … Do conservative or (what I term) institutional Christians really understand Jesus Christ’s complete or true nature? Biblical interpretations aside, perhaps God didn’t require the immense bodily suffering by God’s own incarnation in place of that sustained by a sinful humankind as justice/payment for all sin. Maybe Jesus didn’t die FOR humans as payment for our sins (the greatest mostly resulting from unchecked testosterone rushes), but rather his vicious murder occurred BECAUSE of humans’ seriously flawed nature; and due to his not behaving in accordance to corrupted human conduct, particularly he was nowhere near to being the blood-thirsty vengeful behemoth so many wanted or needed—and so many Christians still do to this day—their savior to be and therefore believed he’d have to be? (I personally imagine Jesus being one who’d enjoy a laugh over a good, clean joke with his disciples, rather than always stoically serious.) Our collective human need for retributive ‘justice’—regardless of Christ (and great spiritual leaders) having emphasized unconditional forgiveness—may be intrinsically linked to the same unfortunate morally-flawed aspect of humankind that enables the most horrible acts of violent cruelty to readily occur on this planet. Thus, we may be making God’s nature in OUR own vengeful image. (Frank Sterle Jr.)

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