On CT’s Call for Trump’s Removal

Regarding the CT editorial:

While I agree that Donald Trump is a liar, a moral reprobate, a bully, etc., and that it is a shame that evangelicals by and large have badly compromised their witness by embracing him uncritically (and not without reason: the Democrats and their agenda, protecting the unborn, conservative Supreme Court justices, support for religious liberty, a good economy, etc.), I do not agree with CT wading into partisan politics in this way. This is not supposed to be CT’s function.

The editorial is muddled in its reasoning and wording. For example, with the impeachment process still underway, it calls for Mr. Trump’s removal but also says that whether he is impeached or voted out of office is a matter of “prudential judgment.” Then why publish this now? Given the timing of the editorial, most people will fail to see the distinction and will assume CT is calling for impeachment and removal. Many of Mr. Trump’s sins listed in the editorial, by the way, have nothing to do with the articles of impeachment passed by the House.

It also says its stance is predicated on “loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments”–citing Trump’s oft-vile Twitter feed as evidence. I do believe Mr. Trump is not the first president to have seriously violated multiple parts of the Decalogue, nor will he be the last. CT here, much like Mr. Trump’s supporters, claims to possess knowledge of the mind of the Creator. Perhaps the magazine should rather say, with Abraham Lincoln, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

Whatever the president’s flaws, sins, and even good points (and there are a few), the editorial is an exercise in virtue-signalling and will change no minds. It will simply harden the suspicions of conservative Christians that CT is a liberal house organ for the Democratic Party. This development will be almost impossible to undo.

I am making no comment here about whether I think the president should be impeached and removed, but there are a lot of things that should happen in this world that are neither practical nor wise.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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