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Reactions mount to CT editorial calling for Trump’s removal; how will evangelicals vote in 2020?

Reactions mount to CT editorial calling for Trump's removal; how will evangelicals vote in 2020?

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy in the Oval Office at the White House October 16, 2019, in Washington, D.C. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Christianity Today editorial from outgoing editor Mark Galli calling for President Trump’s removal from office continues to make waves across the political landscape amid a contentious impeachment process.

Commentators and prominent writers are weighing in on what this all means for the future of Christian political witness, as CT boasts of receiving an increase in subscriptions and plaudits from those who oppose Trump, and nearly 200 faith leaders signed onto a letter pushing back against accusations made against Christians who support the president. 

In a follow-up to the editorial that was covered by many national news outlets last week, Timothy Dalrymple, president of Christianity Today, characterized the fallout as a disagreement among fellow believers, maintaining that his magazine is theologically conservative, pro-life, pro-family, and is not, as some have asserted, a “far-left” publication.

Other evangelicals disagree, however.

“This is not a small ‘political squabble’ as described by the president of Christianity Today. The Galli article was a full-blown attack on the President of the United States and the millions of evangelicals who support him,” tweeted Prestonwood Baptist Church pastor Jack Graham in response to Dalrymple.

“Some Christians who think us foolish and gullible have met this effort [to advise Trump as evangelical pastors] with skepticism and cynicism, decidedly ignoring the many ways President Donald Trump has positively impacted our country and honored the beliefs that Americans and Christians hold dear. Our critics seem to have a theology with so little grace and they fail to recognize that someone with an unrighteous past can still make righteous decisions on behalf of those they lead,” Graham wrote in an opinion piece published by The Christian Post stressing the reasons why it’s wise for Christians to keep supporting Trump given his policy accomplishments.

Others defended CT’s call for Christians to consider how their attachment to the president will be regarded in the years to come.

Alan Noble, author of Disruptive Witness and a professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, emphasized that any evangelical argument in favor of supporting Trump that does not consider how their close political alliance will affect the future witness of the church is unserious.

Although many evangelicals approached the 2016 contest viewing Trump critically they “held their nose to vote,” but now “that criticism has largely transformed into cheerleading,” he said Sunday, referencing the letter from nearly 200 faith leaders who…

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