By David Kamioner | December 20, 2019
Reverend Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelical leader Dr. Billy Graham and a national religious leader in his own right, hit back hard Thursday on Facebook when self-described Christian publication Christianity Today urged its readers in an editorial to back the removal from office of President Donald Trump.
Said Graham, who heads up the charity Samaritan’s Purse, “Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be removed from office, and they invoked my father’s name (I suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements), so I feel it is important for me to respond. Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece.”
“In fact, he would be very disappointed,” added Graham.
The president weighed in on the issue as well.
Here is his tweet on the matter.
In the odd diatribe that Franklin Graham also referenced, Mark Galli, editor-in-chief of the publication, wrote, “We have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now. Some have criticized us for our reserve … To use an old cliché, it’s 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.”
“Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election — that is a matter of prudential judgment,” he added. “That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.”
Galli’s citing of “the Creator” in his partisan rant against the president, referencing the Almighty in a party-to-party political dispute, is enough to give Christians and other people of faith pause as to Galli’s loyalty to the establishment clause of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution.
In it, the Founders declared there would be no state religion — as there was, and is, in the United Kingdom.
By invoking his own faith — as if God willed a Trump guilty verdict in the Senate, or a re-election loss — as a reason to remove the president from office, Galli tramples on that sacred tradition of American freedom.
What Galli forgets is that for over two centuries, Americans have been deciding their own leaders without the necessary approval of self-appointed political clergy.
While not being an overtly religious individual, the president is widely popular with Christian and evangelical voters, as is the Republican Party.
He is well received not only for his own championship of many socially conservative issues that these groups advocate, but because Christian voters of all stripes are smart enough to realize the non-disguised antipathy held for them by the Left and the Democratic Party.
And lest Galli and others forget, Trump often references — and firmly stands behind — religious freedom in this country.
“We will defend privacy, free speech, free assembly, religious liberty, and the right to keep and bear arms,” said Trump during his rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, earlier this week — words he often stresses at his rallies across the country. “And above all, we will never stop fighting for the values that bind us together as one America. We support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. We stand with the incredible heroes of law enforcement. We believe in the dignity of work, and the sanctity of life.”
And these additional Trump words as follows — also as spoken at his rally in Michigan — referenced our country’s “great national motto” (emphasis added within), again something he often stresses: “We believe that children should be taught to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag,” said Trump. “And we live by the words of our great national motto, In God We Trust. We stand on the shoulders of American patriots who built this country into the greatest nation ever to exist in history. Our ancestors crossed the oceans, settled a continent, tamed the wilderness, revolutionized industry, pioneered science, won two World Wars, defeated fascism and communism, and put a man on the face of the moon … We are returning power to you, the American people.”
The editorial by Galli is likely not to make a great impact against the president.
And Franklin Graham’s eloquent opposition to its sentiments will remind Christian voters what will be at stake at the polls in November of 2020.
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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