Trump Should Be Removed From Office – Mark Galli | Christianity Today

It’s tme to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was.

Mark Galli | Christianity Today

In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today [CT] 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.

The typical CT approach is to stay above the fray and allow Christians with different political convictions to make their arguments in the public square, to encourage all to pursue justice according to their convictions and treat their political opposition as charitably as possible.         

We want CT to be a place that welcomes Christians from across the political spectrum, and reminds everyone that politics is not the end and purpose of our being. We take pride in the fact, for instance, that politics does not dominate our homepage.

That said, we do feel it necessary from time to time to make our own opinions on political matters clear — always, as Graham encouraged us, doing so with both conviction and love. We love and pray for our president, as we love and pray for leaders, as well as ordinary citizens, on both sides of the political aisle.

Let us grant this to the president: The Democrats have had it out for him from day one, and therefore nearly everything they do is under a cloud of partisan suspicion. This has led many to suspect not only motives but facts in these recent impeachment hearings. And, no, Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story in the House hearings on impeachment.

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 and appalled 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.

Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty, and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president. We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see. This damages the institution of the presidency, damages the reputation of our country, and damages both the spirit and the future of our people. None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.

This concern for the character of our national leader is not new in CT. In 1998, we wrote this:

The President’s failure to tell the truth — even when cornered — rips at the fabric of the nation. This is not a private affair. For above all, social intercourse is built on a presumption of TRUST: TRUST that the milk your grocer sells you is wholesome and pure; TRUST that the money you put in your bank can be taken out of the bank; TRUST that your babysitter, firefighters, clergy, and ambulance drivers will all do their best. And while politicians are notorious for breaking campaign promises, while in office they have a fundamental obligation TO UPHOLD OUR TRUST IN THEM and to live by the law.

And this:

Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.

Unfortunately, the words that we applied to Mr. Clinton 20 years ago apply almost perfectly to our current president. Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election — that is a matter of prudential judgment.

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

To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this:

Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.

If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?

Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader does not really matter in the end?

We have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now. Some have criticized us for our reserve. But when it comes to condemning the behavior of another, patient charity must come first. So, we have done our best to give evangelical Trump supporters their due, to try to understand their point of view, to see the prudential nature of so many political decisions they have made regarding Mr. Trump. To use an old cliché, it is time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence.

And just when we think it is time to push all our chips to the center of the table, that is when the whole game will come crashing down. It will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel. And it will come crashing down on a nation of men and women whose welfare is also our concern.

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  • kamtanblog  On December 20, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Sorry am neither Jesus or god !
    Kick my arse
    I kick yours !
    No ifs or buts !
    Grant you “free speech”
    But not abuse !

    Religious faggots are everywhere !

    Go figure google hypocrisy!

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 20, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Trump’s Pitch to Israelis and Evangelicals: Make America Hate Again

    Donald Trump is a genius. Setting Jew against Jew, and Evangelical against Jew, he’s reshaping the U.S.-Israel bond to his own electoral advantage

    Bradley Burston | Haaretz

    Just because Donald Trump actively and openly hates all people who happen not to agree with him – in particular, if they are women, Muslims, immigrants of color, Mexicans, military and intelligence officials, and Jews – this does not mean that Donald Trump is NOT a genius.

    Donald Trump is a genius.

    The president has a superhuman gift for resurrecting many of the most rapacious, hurtful, polarizing, long-mothballed waste products of the sick, segregated, self-deluded America of his boyhood.

    He has no equal in repackaging and marketing these waste products to donors and key voters for electoral advantage, finding eager, even enraptured buyers in constituencies that other politicians have undervalued, misread, and ignored.

    Waste Products Like anti-Semitism.

    Saturday night, his genius was in full display in Hollywood, Florida, as he addressed the National Summit of Sheldon and Miriam Adelson’s Israeli-American Council, an organization of Israelis living in America, which hopes its hard-right GOP bent and deep donor pockets will supplant AIPAC as a lobbying force.

    “Each of you in this room tonight is a national treasure – just remember that,” Trump began.

    They would need to remember that, because 13 minutes later he said this:

    “A lot of you are in the real estate business. I know you very well. You’re brutal killers. Not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me. You have no choice. You’re not going to vote for Pochahontas, I can tell you that.” [Gleeful screams from the crowd at the racist reference to Elizabeth Warren].

    “You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax. Yeah – let’s take 100 percent of your wealth away – no, no. Even if you don’t like me, some of you don’t. Some of you I don’t like at all, actually. And you’re going to be my biggest supporters because you’ll be out of business in about 15 minutes if they get in.”

    The crowd couldn’t get enough of this. But the tenor of Trump’s remarks was not lost on Israeli journalist Emmanuelle Elbaz-Phelps, who tweeted in Hebrew, “Why would a mostly Jewish crowd laugh at anti-Semitic remarks? I have no clue.”

    “This was anti-Semitism so profound, so deeply rooted, that the president of the United States is not even aware of the problem with what comes out of his mouth.” Then, referring to a video clip of the speech, she added: “Yes, it’s okay to vomit after viewing.”

    The speech was also clearly directed at the core of Trump’s base, THE ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS WHO ARE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS.

    He told the crowd that someday they would have to explain to him why some of them, as Jews, voted for Barack Obama, because, he said, the Obama administration did not like Israel. He went on to say that many Americans themselves did not love Israel enough. “We have to get the people of our country, of this country, to love Israel more.”

    AND JUST WHO ARE THOSE PEOPLE?

    “You have people who are Jewish people, that are great people – they don’t love Israel enough. You know that. You know that.”

    And there it is. Trump’s replacement theology for evangelical Christians. In plainer English:

    These socialist, gay-loving, abortion-advocating, Democrat-voting Jews of America ARE NOT REAL JEWS. No way – THEY DON’T EVEN LOVE ISRAEL.

    But you do. You are the genuine Chosen People of our era. And I, Donald J. Trump, have been Chosen by the Almighty to be your leader.

    Just as his pitch to Israeli Americans is:

    You can’t trust these bogus American Jews. They are not really your people. You can’t trust them. But you can trust me. You’re even more real American than those so-called Jews.

    Setting Jew against Jew, leveraging and empowering the minority of American Jews who are right-wing, allying them to evangelicals, and playing to both by demonizing U.S. Jewry’s Democratic-voting majority, Trump is breaking and reshaping the long-standing bond between Israel and America to his own needs.

    Meanwhile, anti-Semitic icon Ann Coulter responded to Trump’s declaration by taking it to the next level.

    “Could we start slowly by getting them to like America?” Coulter tweeted.

    Trump: “We have to get the people of our country, of this country, to love Israel more, I have to tell you that. We have to do it. We have to get them to love Israel more. Because you have people that are Jewish people that are great people — they don’t love Israel enough.”

    The day before Trump spoke in Hollywood, Miriam Adelson wrote in a front-page op-ed in the Adelsons’ Israel Hayom newspaper that she and Sheldon fully expect that the growth of the IAC will “shrink whatever gap might exist between American Jews and Israel” and “bring closer the world’s two largest Jewish communities, in Israel and in the United States.”

    FAT CHANCE. But she wasn’t done.

    “We Jews cannot afford division,” she wrote. “There are too few of us, and too many others who want us to fail, falter, disperse, or perish.”

    It is tragic – not for the Adelsons, maybe, but surely tragic for the Jews – that in 2020, too many of the others – Nazis, Aryan militias, Klansmen, Coulter admirers and countless unaffiliated Jew-haters – will be voting Trump.

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 21, 2019 at 12:01 am

    In another essay by another author, there was expressed concern that Trump may revert to his natural inclinations [on steroids] – if re-elected.

    And, what is that? You may ask …??

    I read it in an Israeli newspaper [English Edition]

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 21, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Queens Man Impeached

    Victoria Merlino | Queens Daily Eagle

    Former Jamaica Estates resident Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the third president to be impeached in United States history — and the first from Queens [New York].

    Trump is accused of pressuring the Ukrainian government to investigate political rival and Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden, and of withholding military aid until the Ukrainians conducted the investigation. He is also accused of obstructing the Congressional investigation.

    Trump fired off a series of tweets over the impeachment process, calling it “presidential harassment” and directing ire at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    Donald Trump, in his twitter rant, declared:

    “Pelosi feels her phony impeachment HOAX is so pathetic she is afraid to present it to the Senate, which can set a date and put this whole SCAM into default if they refuse to show up! The Do Nothings are so bad for our Country!” he wrote.

    The charges will be sent to the Republican-controlled Senate, initiating a trial that could have lasting ramifications in the 2020 presidential election.

    The entire Queens House delegation voted in favor of impeachment.

    “Today, I voted to impeach President Donald Trump … I did so with a heavy heart for our country, but a clear conscience. I did so, because, above all, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” U.S. Rep. Grace Meng wrote in a statement on Twitter.

    “No normal person would be able to get away with attempting to extort a foreign power to compromise our country,” U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “But all too often, the most corrupt and powerful people grow so accustomed to life with impunity that standard accountability feels to them like unjust persecution.”

    Trump’s old Jamaica Estates home, where he lived as an infant until he was four years old, went back on the market after it was sold to a Chinese investor and rented on Airbnb for $725 a night, according to Curbed.

    Trump’s parents’ graves are located at All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village. The cemetery was slapped with a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James earlier this year for allegedly misappropriating funds.

    • kamtanblog  On December 21, 2019 at 2:09 am

      USA is now led by a very sick Potus.
      How long he remains leader is a case of “damage limitation”….if re-elected on 3rd
      November 2020 it could be a case of too
      little too late to reverse the demise of the
      USA as a world leader.

      Sad fact

      • kamtanblog  On December 21, 2019 at 2:28 am

        It reads “divide and rule” old Roman
        practice by its caesars ! Thumbs up or down determined “live or die” in the
        gladiators areana of entertainment for the masses. In a word “barbarism” on
        display.
        Listen to the spectators then decide.
        Clever trick ! Magical ?

        USA is to become USA again…Un-United states of America.
        Political civil war !

        Kamtan

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 21, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Let us grant this to the president: The Democrats have had it out for him from day one, and therefore nearly everything they do is under a cloud of partisan suspicion. This has led many to suspect not only motives but facts in these recent impeachment hearings. And, no, Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story in the House hearings on impeachment.

    REALLY???

    Brother Peter wrote:

    I told you guys a while ago that the day of reckoning will come for the Evangelicals.

    It has begun.

    The writer tried to absolve himself for not speaking out before:

    A) Refusing to acknowledge Trump’s prior obstruction of justice in the Mueller report

    B) Complaining that Trump was not afforded due process in the impeachment hearings – in fact, Trump refused to testify and ordered his henchmen not to testify

    C) Complained that the Democrats were partisan and were out to get Trump from day one; but could not fault Moscow Mitch for obstructing Obama from his first day in office [make him a one-term president] and continue to block legislation from Congress and appointment to the Supreme Court – even boasting that he was the Grim Reaper.

    D) Still attempting to repeal Obamacare [Affordable Care Act]

    However, I am thankful that he has had the courage to speak up now.

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 21, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Treason’s Greetings!!

  • Trevor  On December 21, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    I thought the Israel Zionists and Evangelicals loved Trump?

    Trump “moved” the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a city where Muslims and Jews are fighting each other for.

    But now the Zionist evangelical wants Trump to leave? Talk of loyalty…

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 22, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Trevor: Traitor Trump has passed his ‘BEST BEFORE DATE’ ….

    Trump has a limited shelf life – VERY LIMITED.

    Trump is acting like he is indispensable – That is NOT good!!

    That is CRAZY!!

    • kamtanblog  On December 22, 2019 at 3:32 am

      Craziness is contagious.
      No anti biotic will cure.
      What is of concern are the
      side effects it generates and it’s
      long term ramifications.
      Will USA survive or implode.
      Million dollar question.
      The answer economic not political.
      A more exact science.
      In my opinion

      Kamtan 🇬🇧🇬🇾🇪🇸🇬🇧👽

  • Trevor  On December 22, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Why are some people afraid of the Khazar impostors posing as evangelicals and “Jewish” people? Ish is a suffix means “like”, for example, scamp-ish, trouble-ish, etc.

    Back on topic. Trump did a lot for the American Jews, Evangelicals, and Israel, and they throw him under the bus!

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 22, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    BBC News:

    US GOVERNMENT LISTS FICTIONAL NATION WAKANDA AS TRADE PARTNER

    The US Department of Agriculture listed Wakanda as a free-trade partner – DESPITE IT BEING A FICTIONAL COUNTRY.

    A USDA spokesperson said the Kingdom of Wakanda was added to the list by accident during a staff test.

    The department’s online tariff tracker hosted a detailed list of goods the two nations apparently traded, including ducks, donkeys and dairy cows.

    In the Marvel universe, WAKANDA IS THE FICTIONAL EAST AFRICAN HOME COUNTRY OF SUPERHERO BLACK PANTHER.

    The fictional country was removed soon from the list after US media first queried it, PROMPTING JOKES THAT THE COUNTRIES HAD STARTED A TRADE WAR.

    Wakanda first appeared in the Fantastic Four comic in 1966, and made a reappearance when Black Panther was adapted into an Oscar-winning film last year.

    The unusual listing was spotted by Francis Tseng, a New York-based software engineer who was looking up agricultural tariffs for a fellowship he was applying for.

    Francis Tseng: WAKANDA IS LISTED AS A US FREE TRADE PARTNER ON THE USDA WEBSITE??

    He told Reuters news agency that, when he first saw Wakanda on the list, he got “very confused”: “I thought I misremembered the country from the movie and got it confused with something else.”

    AFTER THE LISTING WAS REMOVED, a USDA spokesman told the Washington Post THAT WAKANDA’S LISTING WAS A TEST FILE FOR STAFF, AND NEVER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PUBLIC.

    “The Wakanda information should have been removed after testing and has now been taken down,” he said.

    After its removal, an Orlando-based reporter asked: “So do we, or do we not have free trade with Wakanda? Also, where are things at on negotiations with Agrabah?”

    THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME A FICTIONAL COUNTRY HAS SLIPPED INTO THE REAL WORLD.

    In 2017, Poland’s then-foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski told reporters he had met representatives of a number of nations to discuss Poland’s bid to join the UN Security Council – “such as Belize or San Escobar”.

    While Belize DOES EXIST, San Escobar DOES NOT.

    At the same time, officials have occasionally erased countries that actually do exist.

    In 2004, for example, the cover of an EU guidebook featured a map of EU member states, including the UK. — WALES, HOWEVER, WAS MYSTERIOUSLY ABSENT.

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 23, 2019 at 9:12 pm

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    • Emanuel  On December 25, 2019 at 12:56 am

      Can America afford four more years of this man? Indeed, can the world endure four more years of insanity?

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