My Trump Editorial

I’ve appreciated the many comments regarding my December 19 editorial on Mr. Trump’s lack of moral fitness for office, which ended with a challenge to his evangelical supporters to acknowledge this. It is a controversial editorial, to say the least.

I appreciate all the words of encouragement, but I also try to learn from constructive criticisms. Many have left comments about this editorial on various pages of this website, and I’ve moved them all here.

I continue to welcome comments, but I will not publish those that merely traffic in name calling, foul language, or ad hominem attacks. Requests to engage me in dialogue here will have to be denied, at least for the near future. I am currently swamped with emails, phone messages, and texts that I’m trying to respond to. Thanks for understanding.

91 thoughts on “My Trump Editorial

  1. If you don’t know about Trumps profound immoral behaviors, then you need more sources of news and information. All you need to do is take the words from his own mouth. It’s not necessary to make things up with him. Start with his two Howard Stern interviews where he brags about behavior that would have the rest of us in jail and labeled sex predators. He brags about walking in on naked pageant contestants. Dozens of contestants (some 15 and 16 year olds in the junior program claim he did it), and yet his supporters say that is only and “allegation”. Really?! He publicly (on video) made glowing remarks about the Pedophile Epstein with whom he partied (again on video) until Epstein out bid him for a home in Palm Beach the king wanted for himself. So Epstein went to the Trump Doghouse. If you know anything about Trump’s background the pre-candidate wouldn’t be critical of anyone’s sexual practices. Just listen to the man from his own mouth! Get a trial of Netflix if you don’t have it and watch very unbiased “Trump: an American Dream” and “Filthy Money” episode 6. The only problem with Netflix is they don’t focus nearly enough on his mafia ties. One mobster buddy said Michael Cohen will get “whacked” before he is released. Wonder how Epstein died?? Want some conservative research about Trump before he became president: https://thefederalist.com/2015/07/28/how-close-was-donald-trump-to-the-mob/
    Here is another objective view from a non profit criminal justice organization:
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3bjv53/explaining-donald-trump-to-the-rest-of-the-world-817
    If you want to know the truth, it’s not hard to find. Read is awful book. It’s a waste of time from a business practice perspective because you can’t replicate anything he did because he fails to tell you how he had mob buddies working behind the scenes to close his deals. That’s the real “Art of the Deal”. There are a plethora of stories and evidence of this man’s extraordinary immorality that can have nothing to do with Russia or the horrible way he manipulated our key and vulnerable ally Ukraine who is on the front lines of fighting for freedom against Tyranny. Jefferson’s monument gives his motto: “I pledge eternal hostility against any form of tyranny over the minds of men”. If Trump cared about that then he would not behave like he does. All he cares about is himself. Any rational objective observer who has done a dive into this admittedly unrepentant man (who hasn’t changed one bit) can’t no conclude he is fit to be president.
    Some people say “it’s all in the past”. He is still the alleged “billionaire” (who is cleary not) who hides his tax returns, the “genius” who threatens his college to hide his grades, The “playboy” who still threatens his sex toys under non-disclosure agreements, the “Christian” who doesn’t go to church and refuses to admit repentance for anything he has EVER done, the “philanthropist” who defrauds charity, and the “innocent man” who refuses to testify and to allow others under his control to testify. This isn’t in the past it’s the here and now.

  2. Dear Mr. Galli,
    Grateful for your article and courage! Thank you for speaking out. You have moved our pastor to speak out, as well. This is how things begin to change. You are making a huge, positive impact. Thank you!

  3. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Reverend Galli:
    You certainly gifted me with the best of Christmas gifts this past December 19, 2019. I have been broken-hearted after having observed folks whom I once regarded as devoted followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, now existing in blind and blurred adherence to the consistently vile and anti-Christian demeanor of the person currently regarded as Leader of The Free World.
    Mercifully, somehow and quite by chance, I was lead to your above-mentioned brilliant and courageous December 2019 article. What a breath of spiritually freshened air ! You have single-handedly affirmed my spiritual sanity as I was feeling so utterly isolated by the fact that many “Evangelicals” are agreeing that the current POTUS is the ‘Divinely ‘chosen of God’. Heaven help us !!!!!
    I am blessed to be a Christ follower. I totally agree with your observations and conclusions on this sensitive subject sir. It is as if you were expressing my very thoughts in rational detail, as well as in consistent reverence to the sacred teachings of Jesus Christ.
    For indeed it is you, Reverend Galli, who is ‘chosen’ ….to give powerfully anointed affirmation to those of us who hold reverently to the words and ways of His Holiness Christ Jesus. You empower our steadfastness, as some of us are being rocked to our very roots of faith, by the numbers who so casually overlook the drastic immorality of their new corrupt political “savior”.
    Again, Thank you forever Mark ! Happy New Year, 2020, and may eternal blessings shower you always.
    Sincerely, Dr. Edith J. B. Ingram

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Dr. Ingram. But I no longer am a reverend, having given up my ordination when I became a journalist. That being said, I’m honored you think of me as a minister!

      1. You are sincerely welcome, Mark the Annointed One!
        Indeed, it is the deep “reverence” with which you stand so valiantly with utmost integrity for the essential truth of the Christian faith, that renders you a Reverend above reverends!

        God Bless.
        Dr. J.B. Ingram
        Concert and Opera Singer

  4. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for speaking out against Trump and the Evangelicals who don’t have the courage to speak out against the hypocrisy. Our current climate reminds me of the idolatry of nationalism from the book of Jonah. Thank you for your boldness and courage to write the article. Stay strong amidst all the backlash.. You are speaking for so many of us evangelicals who want to say what you did but don’t have a platform. (and you are much more articulate than many of us!)

    Thank you Mark.

    Nate Anderson
    14 years member at Park Community Church
    graduate of North Park University
    lifelong friend and member of the Evangelical Covenant Church

  5. Mark Galli,
    I have read and mulled over your thoughts on President Donald J. Trump. I’ve been hugely angered to the point of little sleep. I’m disappointed that you as a scholar and Editor in Chief of Christianity Today would comment negatively of anyone. As Christian’s, we are to forgive those who sin and love them in spite of them. The Lord does that for each of us…and, waits patiently for us to come to Him…no pressure, just freedom of will. I am a born again Christian and the Lord is as real and close to me as my next breath…I speak to Him throughout my days. I do not see Him as a distant entity and hope that I live up to the Lord’s expectations. I know that people sin, born in sin, and continue in a sinful world. My understanding of sin is that no sin is greater or lesser than another…sin is sin. Forgiveness by the Lord is most prominent in my view, not what you or anyone else thinks. You can quote the Bible in a scholarly view but unless you know the Lord personally, your credibility is lost.
    You have attacked Fox News and supported networks that spew nothing but negative and mostly biased views. At least Fox tries to give both “opinions” along with the news. Did you not know that the government set up negative bias for anyone Republican elected? CNN was the recipient of that plan and ran with it. MSNBC is another nasty negative network. Some of the “opinions” are so far fetched that one questions where the adults are.
    I personally see you as a scholar following your college teachings and passing it on to readers. Colleges tend to rank Democratic so bias is built into the equation of their teachings. Can you say that you know the Lord personally and that usurps everything in your existence? It seems to me that your personal opinions have no place in your magazine articles. Your presence in your articles should be that of loving kindness and the leading of readers who do not personally know the Lord to find Him. I’ve never understood how someone in your position finds it necessary to be negative to or about anyone. I live in an area where people don’t care of Trump’s past sins. They care about living in a world of fairness, jobs, abortions stopped and knowing the President has their backs. It was predicted in the 1980’s that Trump would become President and change the world for the better. Can you even imagine what Trump ‘s daily life is like with all the nastiness done to him…and still he tramps on with ALL AMERICAN people in his sights to change their lives for the better. I dare say, you’ve had a very small snippet of that rhetoric since you wrote your article about Trump and your perceived failings of him. I hope you have a long heartfelt talk with the Lord. You need it…and the Lord needs to hear from you. Blessings.

  6. Where were the articles asking for the removal of Barack Obama? He repeatedly smoked marijuana when it was illegal and I consider that immoral! He lied to the American people which I consider immoral. You have no idea of the other immoral things he has done but I bet there are many! George Bush, Bill CLINTON , and even Jimmy Carter did immoral things but no articles to remove them. See, we all fall short of Gods plan and Donald Trump is just alike in that he sins. Are Donald Trumps worse? Will you find a new president that is sin free? Certainly not in The Democrat party- not in the Republican Party either!

    1. George, that answer is more involved than space allows here. Keep following my comments as I write more about this to get a full answer. But just to be clear: CT did write an editorial saying Clinton was morally unfit for office. We did the same with Nixon.

  7. Dear brother Galli,

    I have read CT often, especially your articles which highlighted the intersection of faith and culture and how to live out the gospel in a secular society. Having said that, I disagree with your attempt to make an equivalence between the impeachment of Nixon & Clinton and that of Trump. In the earlier cases there was incontrovertible evidence of power abuse (in the case of Nixon) or lying under oath, in the case of Clinton (although having sexual relations with an intern can also be easily construed as power abuse). Furthermore, in the case of Nixon there was a clear majority/bipartisan consent that what he did was power abuse, which is why he did not even wait for the impeachment vote on the floor. In the case of Clinton, while the Senate did acquit him, there was a bipartisan vote in the Congress to impeach him, unlike in the case of Trump, where no single Republican congress(wo)man voted for his impeachment. The reason for this lack of bipartisan support is not just the polarization of our politics, but the fact that the so-called evidence is not enough to demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that Trump did use his power to set up Biden for failure. In law enforcement, when a piece of evidence can be interpreted to demonstrate both the innocence and the guilt of a suspect, it makes sense to me that the respective piece of evidence be considered neither inculpatory nor exculpatory, so essentially ignored. That is the reason why the majority of the population, though initially captured by the impeachment proceedings, once the Congress witness hearings occurred, gradually tuned out because they realized that there is no smoking gun out there.

    I also disagree with your prediction that if evangelicals will continue backing Trump then we will lose our moral authority in condemning abortion. Just because I support a thrice-married man in office who has an ill-temper does not remove my authority for advocating for the supreme legal right of a tiny human being to live. Should we also denigrate JFK’s authority in foreign politics because he was a womanizer? I could maybe partially accept your point with respect to the issue of marriage – you could argue more persuasively that because of our support for Trump we have lost our authority to argue for traditional monogamous marriages. But that battle had already been lost way before Trump because the churches in America have tolerated a lot of beliefs and cultural practices, thus losing their saltiness.

    I am afraid you completely misunderstand the political worldview of evangelicals. In the 2008 and 2012 elections evangelicals have been courted by politicians of both stripes, but the GOP candidates were hollow when it came to supporting evangelical causes, which is why the evangelical voters have largely sat out those elections despite the fact that McCain and Romney seemed far more respectable individuals. One can blame evangelicals as opportunistic since they coalesce behind whoever will advance their causes. I prefer to consider that evangelicals are pragmatic: we realize that with few exceptions all politicians are fundamentally liars and self-seeking, even if they have a veneer of respectability. So instead, we decided to gamble for someone who is not part of the system and who, despite his lack of veneer of respectability, was more likely to do something for the evangelical causes. So far, when it comes to his actions, for the most part Trump did not disappoint. Remember, God cannot use a Jezebel, but He can use a Samson. Unless he will cross a moral red line he will continue having vast evangelical support despite all the huffing and puffing. The gamble has paid off.

  8. Mark Galli – A true Christian and an American Hero

    Finally a true Christian has expressed an opinion about the devil in the White House. Why do so many in the so called evangelical Christian community worship at the altar of Trump? He appeals to their anti-gay attitude, anti-women’s rights and appointment of conservative judges. But have they forgotten that the true teaching of Jesus was to help the poor, the sick and the old? Trump and his Republicans followers are doing everything they can to cut back and eliminate the programs that help the poor, sick and old, ,while appeasing the money changers in temple of Wall Street. These are FAKE Christians who have twisted and distorted the Bible to justify their extreme positions much like the Muslim terrorists have twisted and distorted the Koran.

    May the Lord have mercy upon them and forgive them, for they know not what they do.. May America come out of this darkness and see the light.

    Don Pugh
    Woodside, CA

  9. I have read through all the comments as of today 1/3/20 to get a sense of the response you have received. Apparently from your own admission you have not published opinions that simply insult. Some I have read barely pass that criteria. I offer my support for you as expressed in the article. I even posted it on my social page and received in my small world what you have received on a national level. Something I have noticed in the responses of disagreement is the level of emotion and lack of rationale. Interestingly, through this process I have come to appreciate more the good things Mr. Trump has accomplished while realizing the political options are not savory. I make this admission knowing that some justify Mr. Trump on this basis–the end justifies the means, an extreme and damnable view. However, and I think this is fundamental to your statement, we (which leaves me baffled by why other evangelicals don’t include themselves in this number) must identify and rebuke sinful behavior. I think the challenge has been made by some for CT to provide guidance in choosing the next presidential candidate. If there was more of a willingness among evangelicals (since this seems to be the identifiable voting block) would speak up and hold politicians accountable, the vote would not be such a dilemma. Thank you for identifying sinful and unlawful behavior and calling for all who advocate righteousness to expect better from people we have put into office for public service.

  10. We all have moral failings. King David had more than most. No one is voting for Trump to be their pastor. It’s simply a binary choice of worse or better policy. King David was considered a good king despite his failings. Trump, despite his, has pursued better policies in terms of Life, Religious Liberty, and other issues. So – your offered choice was foolish. If voters reject him in the fall, we will be left with worse. Far worse. I’m truly puzzled by this Ivory Tower demonstration of naivete and wish you consulted with people that actually knew Trump and simply admonished him on his shortcomings. After all, we all have them. You’ve thrown the stone.

    1. Col. Matthew, Of course we all have our moral failings, and like many, some days I feel I am the chief of sinners. But that doesn’t preclude us from making moral judgments about our pastors, our teachers, our political leaders. It’s a cliche, but I mean it: thanks for your service to our country.

      1. Thanks for your reply and I couldn’t agree more. We should hold leaders to account, which is different than throwing the baby out with the bath water. Admonish, educate, but our options (in a two party system) are limited to better or worse – not perfect or pure.

  11. Dennis Prager sums it up perfectly

    https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2019/12/28/Dennis-Prager-A-response-to-the-editor-of-Christianity-Today/stories/201912280007

    “The editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

    “In my view, this editorial only serves to confirm one of the sadder realizations of my life: that religious conviction guarantees neither moral clarity nor common sense.”

    [Read the rest by clicking the link above]

  12. Hello Mark,

    In the past you have referred to yourself as an elite Christian and said some things about Christians that disagree with you that have been interpreted as condescending. Some have even called them in-Christian like.

    Can you explain what an elite is? Do you regret some of the language you used to describe others?

    Thank you

    1. Austin, Thanks for asking, because there is a lot of confusion around that term. Some have assumed that I’m proud of being an elite and that I look down on others. Not quite. Read the original essay and you’ll see I’m criticizing elites for our elitism! We have failed to take seriously the concerns of evangelicals who don’t share our social or economic class. We are elites in the sense that we tend to be upper management in the major centrist evangelical institutions: CT, InterVarsity, World Vision and the like. Hope this helps.

  13. Dear Mr Galli,

    I have been a CT subscriber since the 1960’s and had always been blessed, informed and challenged by the magazine. However, CT’s unmistakable drift in recent years to embrace liberal social agendas such as BLM, #MeToo, climate change, illegal immigration, etc. has been troubling to me (the not long ago front cover of a stark rope noose was a particular example of political pandering).

    Your current editorial calling for Trump’s impeachment is particularly egregious and panders to a fringe with a worldview that is largely anti-faith and anti-Christian at its core. Certainly, the CT drift to the “Left” is largely at odds with that of historic Christianity, Christian values and the views of past CT leaders like Billy Graham, Carl Henry, Harold Lindsell and my late friend Chuck Colson.

    I could not and did not vote for Trump for all the negative character issues that you rightly identify and that I find offensive. Therefore, if you had called for not supporting and voting for him BEFORE the election (although the only alternative was not very appealing (I voted for a write-in candidate)), I would have respected and agreed with that.

    However, calling for impeachment now, to overturn an election on specious grounds is grandstanding and pandering at its worse. I believe your spiritualizing his call for impeachment as you have is thus disingenuous because it is clear that your support of impeachment is not primarily some moral outrage but a convenient cover over your disagreement and disdain with Trump’s policy views. To deny this, as Colson would say of his loyalty to Nixon, is self-deception.

    Trump is the same person with the same character and policies today as he was the day the American people elected him. He is what he was and he was elected by people who knew that about him. So to call for his impeachment based on his pre-existing ill-character, emotional immaturity and moral defects is wrong on at least two counts:
    a) There is no Biblical basis to attempt to nullify a fair and legal democratic election. Calling him to account and repent yes, but calling for his removal when he is behaving consistent with his pre-election behavior is wrong and arrogantly disrespectful to the 63 million people who voted for him.
    Calling for his impeachment now is to want an election “do over”. The America system has a way to correct voter disagreement, it is called “the next election”, not a political maneuver.

    b) More importantly, I believe, this impeachment is not about Trump’s character, but it is a battle between two vastly different worldviews. Trump is a mere metaphor or embodiment of what frustrates at least half of all Americans: growing secularization, liberalism, big intrusive government, erosion of individual rights, abortion on demand, high taxes, illegal immigration, socialism, cynical social justice etc. The self-appointed “elites” believe just the opposite. So while Trump is fundamentally unlikeable, the hatred is more than personal, he is detested for his policies and worldview – conservative judicial nominees, deregulation, nationalism, free enterprise, etc. To focus on Trump’s foibles is to miss the point that this is a war between two worldviews.

    Unfortunately, but with forethought your call for impeachment is not a call to morality and righteousness but an empowerment of a worldview and political policy agenda that is generally not consistent with Scripture or human flourishing. If you called for support of the “liberal” worldview that you have been embracing in recent years, that would have been a worthwhile debate and I would have respected that, but your sleight of hand to turn your philosophical disagreement into a moral/spiritual issue is disingenuous and manipulative.

    Tom Colatosti
    Lexington, MA

    1. Impeachment by the House of Representatives–and conviction by the Senate–does not “overturn” or “nullify” the prior election. It simply removes the incumbent and replaces him with the Vice President.

  14. I am an ordained minister and former pastor. I am also an independent voter. I am independent because I want to be able to research a candidate’s Christian character and commitment to Christian principles. If a candidate has a heart towards God or is grounded in Christian principles, God has a better chance of getting his attention. One thing that I know is that God always looks at what inside. This fact is clearly demonstrated throughout the Old and New Testament.

    I also know that God has used ungodly people or at least permitted their existence and rule resulting in the furtherance of God plan. I have ruled out the possibility in my mind that the President is a person of strong Christian values and character and have resigned myself that maybe he is being permitted to rule to further God’s plan. Like many Christians I applaud all his policies that have been consistent with God’s will but can never condone the negatives things inconsistent with God’s will that he has brought into the office.

    It has always bothered me greatly the so-called evangelical support has been unwavering and so uncondemning of the things that are clearly inconsistent with the heart of God. I have always said in my heart, they don’t speak for me. However, I had to believe that there were others who felt the same as I did, even though I didn’t hear their voice in the public domain.

    So, you can imagine that my heart rejoiced, and my faith was renewed when I read the first editorial, “Why Trump Should be Removed from Office.” And then the backlash and threats came. I was so afraid CT would backdown. When the editorial followed, “The Flag in the Whirlwind”, once again my heart rejoiced. After reading the second editorial, I immediately went to your Website and subscribed for three years.

    Please continue to be a voice for people of God like myself and don’t backdown from the pressure and threats. I will continue to stand with you, and I have faith that truth and righteousness will prevail and all things will be revealed in God’s timing.

  15. Your CT article regarding Donald Trump was such a breath of fresh air for folks like me who wondered if all of American evangelicalism had lost its collective mind and soul. Even more important in my view, is that you brought out into the open the fractures that are breaking apart the movement. My guess is that the next several years will be very different for American evangelicalism. But for the first time, I’m starting to think that the fragmentation of the movement in its current form may be the best for the gospel.

  16. Mr. Galli,

    As a former evangelical, and former minister in an evangelical church, I have watched with a combination of surprise and dismay at how these “believers” have closed ranks around Trump since the 2016 primaries. That he is considered The Chosen One, and compared to King David, is both laughable and disturbing.

    Even though I am no longer a part of the tribe, I was deeply disappointed in the denigrating criticism Franklin Graham, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, et al, directed toward you. Evangelicals have clearly lost their way. They are interested in political power, not service, and they have decided to join the Trump cult and make him their one true leader. Jesus seems to have been shoved deep into the background, if he even matters at all.

    I was one of those who helped crash the CT site when your editorial was published online. I, and others who care about the damage this president is wreaking on the country, will continue to support Christians like you who unflinchingly speak the truth to those in your religion who have decided to leave the historical moorings of their faith, and follow instead a path of nationalism, racism, misogyny, and bigotry.

    Thank you,

    Charles Stober

  17. I am one of those Christians who read your piece on Trump and thought, “Finally!!! Someone in our community who has a platform has written the TRUTH!” Thank you for your courage, and congratulations on your retirement.

  18. I am shocked by the number of people, including yourself, that vote for a “third candidate”, in a presidential election. I fail to see how this is going to help register a protest or any other thing that you are trying to do. In fact, of course, in my view it only hurts the process. For the ultimate example, Trump vs Clinton. Really, you don’t like either? But you put your hard earned right to vote in a candidate that will not be able to make a difference? If Hillary doesn’t have the right morals or anything else to be president, (for whatever reason), why would you then make a vote more likely for Donald Trump? In this case, voting for the lesser evil IS THE BEST CHOICE! In order to stop a character like Trump, who’s moral compass and other examples were disgusting to begin with, Hillary was the better choice! You then try to shape policy and standing on the world stage through our usual democratic means. Now, the people have EMBOLDENDED Mr. Trump and his followers to do anything to stay in power. Look at the prime example of Hitler in WW2, how he rose to power and then tell me voting for a third candidate is a prime example on how to use your vote.

  19. Thanks for taking a stand. Trump hijacked the republican party, God forbid he hijack Christianity.

  20. “Our main political task in this new administration is more urgent than ever. Along with doing our civic duty as we see it (and we will see it differently!), we can speak charitably to one another about our disagreements, taking the time to find out what each of us really believes and why. We can stop saying implicitly or explicitly, “I have no need of you.” And we can continue to literally break bread with one another, in our churches and in our homes, praying earnestly for one another, warmly calling each other brothers and sisters in Christ. Among the divinely inspired reasons for this familial metaphor of the church, there is this: you cannot divorce your siblings.” – Mark Galli, CT December 2016

    “…for the most part, evangelical Christians on the left and right are simply trying to navigate the very complex relationship of faith and politics, and where they end up doesn’t always look pretty. Perhaps we can make space for those with whom we disagree, while continuing to champion the causes we believe further justice. …maybe we’re not called to fathom the mind of God and instead to double down on what it means to be an evangelical Christian: to confess the faith and pray together, to proclaim Jesus in word and deed as we each feel called, and to live together in the forgiveness of sins…We believe the most important political statement we make each week is not announcing to whom we’ve given our support but proclaiming the King who has given us his very life.” – Mark Galli, CT November 2016

    “… we must begin with the most positive of theological statements: Trump is a man whom God loves. He is a sinner for whom Christ died. Despite his evident moral failings, Trump nonetheless has been created in the image of God. He may be a political and moral enemy for many of our readers, but that is all the more reason we are called to love him and pray for him (Matt. 5:44). To love such a man surely includes challenging the policies and moral tenor of his administration. But this prophetic work too easily slips into “rejoicing in evil” (1 Cor. 13:6).” – Mark Galli, CT April 2017

    1. Erich, this is awesome. A little unfair quoting my favorite writer against me :-)) Seriously, you seem to be suggesting I’m being inconsistent. Could be. Or it could mean that my thinking has shifted after three years of pondering our situation. It is indeed the latter, but your comment makes me realize I need to explain more fully why that is the case. I’ll do that in a future essay.

      1. Thank you, Mark. I eagerly await your future essay as that is the bridge I am unable to currently see in order to contemplate crossing over to a shared view. My hope and prayer is that your future essay allows for reconciliation amongst kindred souls that are ready to battle with our King for the salvation of those who need to hear His Gospel, and that the discussion of your essay will bring about intentional conversations that bring glory to Jesus and add to our siblings in Christ.

  21. Dear Mark,

    A couple days ago I listened to your interview on Morning Edition. I’ve been thinking a lot about that, and I wanted to reach out to say thank you.

    I am not thanking you because finally someone from the Christian group finally agreed with my point of view, which is that this president is “morally lost”. I have a feeling that you and I would be on opposing ends when it comes to a woman’s right to choose, but I can see that you are able to set that singular topic aside to have a conversation about moral leadership. What I took away from this conversation is that there are people who are very much willing to set aside differences for something much more important.

    I wanted to thank you for your courage to speak out against a behaviorally questionable leader despite what it may cost (being blasted by the President himself and even at the possibility of losing a pro-life President). 
     
    Your calm and balanced point of view reminds me that it is possible to find common ground with nearly anybody, and that it is worth every ounce of my effort to listen more and practice civility.

    Thank you,
    Sooj

  22. You obviously have a large audience who follow your thinking and opinions and are influenced by what you publish. I think USA has turned into a large mass of the population who let others do their thinking for them. They place memes or viruses in peoples heads and thus obtain votes for all elections for the democrats. Like your comments, I am sure there is amotivation or purpose behind what you plublish to the public. I suggest you do much careful investigation/research before you publish any recommendations for your readers. Biased journalism is a danger to democracy. Independent thinking is what needs to be encouraged in this country, and not opinions with the purpose of influencing others. The stand you take against Trump should be taken against any other politician. Why do you have a different set of standards for different people? Judge not as you to may be judged.

  23. Thank you for your faithful witness. I am always moved by Wesley’s Covenant Renewal prayer.

    I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

  24. I really appreciated your comments regarding President Trump. The organization and accuracy of the facts presented not only made the editorial easy to read and follow but made it obvious that it was done without personal bias. It’s so sad when truth is ignored by the very people who say they represent the teachings of Christ My hope for our future is dimmed as I watch our Increasing hate, selfishness and violence coupled with decreasing civility, tolerance and charity. I pray for a better world for our grandchildren than the one I currently see. Thank you so much for putting President Trump’s actions and behavior in print with such clarity. It made my dimmed hope a little brighter.

  25. Mark,
    Thank you thank you thank you for speaking out so articulately regarding number 45. You are brave and I pray your words will wake up some that are not thinking through how number 45’s example is tarnishing how people see Christianity.
    Thank you. May God continue to give you strength and words at this pivotal time.
    And happy retirement. Done, not done, I’m sure. Good and faithful servant. Sincerely, Nicola

  26. Mr. Galli, no words can express the closure and gratitude I have about the article you posted this week. I believe it was nothing short of a miracle at Gods perfect timing and an answer to many prayers. No follower of Christ could possibly want this man leading our country and being a representative to the world or to our children of who America is.
    I too have been praying for Mr. Trump. To simply despise him is unproductive, no matter how evil, disgusting and shameful he has behaved for these 3 years.
    Thank you for standing up with truth and clearly loving the sinner and hating the sin. The article was written with the strength that overpowers the enemy. I hope and pray the new year will bring this country one more chance.
    I’ll be praying for you.
    In Christ,
    Gerri Wilson

  27. Mr. Galli, If you remember back to 2016 when Mr.Trump won the Presidential Election, according to polls he had a 2% chance of winning, it sent shock waves thruout the world not only the U.S. I truly believe it was Devine Intervention that put him in office. I would be very careful in my words to discredit what I perceive as a Warrior sent by God to save this Country.

  28. Mr. Galli

    I believe the Bible clearly states God is sovereign. Thus He has placed the President of the USA in office according to His will. Calling for the President’s removal reveals you lack of understanding of Biblical teaching

  29. Dear Mark,

    I just saw you on CNN and want to thank you for standing up for the Christian moral compass. It really means a lot to have someone of your stature speak out.

    In Gratitude,
    Katie

  30. Thank you for your brave editorial at Christianity Today calling for the removal of President Trump now that he has been impeached. Sadly I don’t think it’s going to happen, but even if it would convince a few Senators that it would be worth having a real trial with witnesses, it was worthwhile. Serving overseas, I have seen firsthand how he has tainted and distorted how people view both Americans and Christians, Evangelicals in particular. It took courage to publicly take that stand. It would have been much easier to just retire quietly and let the next editor deal with things, but my hope is that you challenged at least some people to think about what they’re getting into when they prioritize Trump (at least sometimes) over Jesus. And in my own family, there are several non-believers whose disdain for Christianity has only grown because of Trump.

  31. You should get your facts straight instead of getting them from the mainstream media about President Trump. You have read too much propaganda and not investigating what the truth is.

    You comments about Trump are skewed and insulting to me and I’m sure, other christians, too.

    Now you are misleading your readers with propaganda and not honest investigative information that is the truth.
    You should be ashamed of yourself.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas

  32. Dr. Dobson Responds to Christianity Today
    NEWS PROVIDED BY
    Dr. James Dobson
    Dec. 20, 2019

    OPINION, Dec. 20, 2019,/Christian Newswire/ — Dr. James Dobson issued today the following statement, as a private citizen, to the Christian community:
    • I have read a new editorial published by Christianity Today that promotes the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The editors didn’t tell us who should take his place in the aftermath. Maybe the magazine would prefer a president who is passionately pro-abortion, anti-family, hostile to the military, dispassionate toward Israel, supports a socialist form of government, promotes confiscatory taxation, opposes school choice, favors men in women’s sports and boys in girl’s locker rooms, promotes the entire LGBTQ agenda, opposes parental rights, and distrusts evangelicals and anyone who is not politically correct. By the way, after Christianity Today has helped vacate the Oval Office, I hope they will tell us if their candidate to replace Mr. Trump will fight for religious liberty and the Bill of Rights? Give your readers a little more clarity on why President Trump should be turned out of office after being duly elected by 63 million voters? Is it really because he made a phone call that displeased you? There must be more to your argument than that. While Christianity Today is making its case for impeachment, I hope the editors will now tell us who they support for president among the Democrat field. That should tell us the rest of the story.

    James C. Dobson, Ph.D.

    Statement made in my individual capacity
    SOURCE Dr. James Dobson

    CONTACT: pr@drjamesdobson.org

    1. Dr. Dobson seems to forget that A), Mike Pence would take over for Trump upon his removal, a situation he would no doubt be happy about and B), 66 million of us voted for the winning candidate, Hillary Clinton, and are now stuck with a minority president because of the Electoral College.

  33. I can appreciate your thoughts on Mr. Trump. But to say he should be removed is to me incorrect. You mentioned that the dems have been after him from day one. How can we say for sure that this hasn’t been something that was a huge set up? I will not and do not excuse any of his immoral behaviour, I guess I hate the alternative. The dems want him out, so the liberal madness can continue on our landscape. I agree trust is important, but are you saying that all his opponents are truthful. They are just as suspect, of lies, untruths, dishonesty and a lot of other immoral actions. If you attack (watch our every more , listen to every word, etc) any of us 365 days you will find something we are all guilty of. I am not ignoring immorality, but something ,just be said for this entire attack on the president from “day one”.

  34. Thank you for your editorial about Donald Trump and having the guts to write it. He should be removed from office and I am outraged by my Christian brothers and sisters who support his character.

  35. Thank you for your editorial regarding Mr. Trump. You are correct in all you said and the manner you approached the subject of this leader(?) was very well done. Any devoted Christian can see your love, concern, and Christ-like approach to this debacle of an administration. I am a committed “white evangelical” that disdains my association with those who are blind to our country’s dissolution of the culture our Founders envisioned. You have handled the subject of our president honestly and properly. You deserve NO criticism for stating the truth in such a way. Any Christian that supports our executive’s atrocious behavior does not know the Scriptures about servant leadership as exemplified by Our Lord and our many Spirit-led presidents. You have my encouragement and support for your position. -His Servant and Yours, Ray-

  36. Stick to religion, your political views have no place in public, much less on the air. Trump has done more to repair this country than any other president in my life time.

  37. I just wanted to thank you, Mark, for your editorial, “Trump Should Be Removed from Office” (CT, 12/19/2019). I’m a conservative evangelical Christian, and I’m constantly bewildered by evangelical leaders’ (and followers’) unqualified support for a President who exhibits no Christian virtue. Your editorial perfectly expressed my own feelings and concerns, and it was a blessing to see an evangelical publication have the courage to publish such concerns, and to do so in language devoid of the bitter partisanship and name-calling so prevalent today.

    I thought it was ironic that your publication was accused of being “leftist” and “liberal” as a result of your editorial. It used to be that promoting family values and moral virtues was a hallmark of conservative beliefs. I fear the root issue today is that too many American evangelicals put their faith in political power rather than God.

    You’re getting a lot of vicious and angry comments from the President and his supporters. Please be encouraged. There are many like myself who welcomed your truthful and irenic words calling the President to account. Blessings to you.

  38. Mr. Galli : Can you name any occasion or event in the NT where Jesus , during His time on earth, called for the removal (violent or otherwise) of Pontius Pilate, Herod, or the Emperor of Rome or any person in a leadership position including the the temple high priest , all of whose actions would most certainly be considered immoral by any Christian standards ? Keeping in mind that those men all played a direct and overpowering roll in the personal lives of all the people in the then known world ? Did He preach or teach the overthrow of the the Roman occupiers of the Holy Land ? Before you answer read Romans 13:1-2. Which is, by the way, consistent with O.T teaching (Prov 8: 15-16; Isaiah 40:15; Dan 2:21,4:17,25,32,5:21). BTW, there are many of us out here that believe this campaign against President Trump is a naked attempt to overthrow a legally and duly elected president. Not to mention the disenfranchisement of the votes of 63 million Americans.

  39. Professional christians are even worse than professional politicians. However, you are due thanks. Perhaps your siding with impeachment will help destroy American christianity. All the better, people shoud find Jesus in the Bible, not in self important publications written by self important people with one last piece of fiction to publish before retiring.

    Thankfully, Jesus forgives. Unfortunately, people are not Jesus and you probably got your Stanford (unsuprising) and Princeton Seminary (ha) fired from Christianity Today. Here today, gone tomorrow.

  40. Mr. Mark, I just heard about your comments on our President and let me say if you are a Bible believing Christian you should recant on you article. You may disagree on his personal thinking and we all know that he has very little Bible based training or convictions. However you should be concerned about his soul at this time instead of criticizing his action. Until he sees the truth of the scripture and Christ in his heart we don’t expect him to display these qualities. Secondly we did not elect Donald Trump to be our spiritual advisor or example. He has been a person who loves this country and defends it with his personal thinking, including defense of Christianity. The one thing he does not need at this time is your works of Christianity approach comments, how about you praying for him, and let the Lord change his heart which is more effective. Friend, be careful how you treat our leaders and you should be careful how Christ is reflected in your comments. Remember what Hebrews 13:17 says “Obey them that have the rule over you”

  41. It is a shame that you would judge President Trump so harshly, as you did today on 12/20/2019. Trump has done much for the communities in America. Today we have approximately 1/2 million homeless people who have no non-profit fighting on their behalf, as fiercely as the immigrants have. No one objects to that thousands of Americans are living and dying on the streets today. Yet, non-profits continue to fight on behalf of immigrants, if they do not receive the proper treatment, such as housing and adequate health care. Something many Americans don’t even have.
    We are all created equal in God’s eyes and should all be treated equally. Yet, this distorted view of treating immigrants with superior services, that poor Americans don’t even have, is against God’s will. Trump has done much to stem the flow of immigrants, so that those who are homeless today in America may also be given a chance of having a home, someday. He has already limited those immigrants who come here pregnant and are given immediate government housing, who have previously gone ahead of Black and White poor women who need such housing, as well.
    Let us not either forget: each year approximately new 5,000 Orphans, Americans orphans, in the US, end up homeless each year. Next year, an additional 5,000 American Orphans will be homeless again. This is due to that 25,000 foster children who were never given a home and were never adopted each year, are expected to go out and find a home of their own. Immediately, when they turn 18 years old. 25 % percent never succeed and end up homeless.
    Yet nobody cares, not the Christians, not the non-profits. They just continue to fight on behalf of the immigrants, while these vulnerable teens continue to be homeless. Many are beaten in the streets, while they sleep, while others are lured into prostitution. Something which would never have occurred, had they had a home. As you know, you never see a sign stating: “Come here homeless teens, let us help you” Yet, you see thousands of demonstrators holding up signs all over the country on behalf of immigrants. It is a shame that our country has come to the extent where they have no compassion on their own.
    Therefore, before you judge President Trump, see what he is doing and the real cause of his actions.
    And by the way, I am an immigrant myself, but never received any help. Because I come from a Non-Hispanic country. No non-profits were available for me. I came with as little as these South American immigrants. But I was expected to make it on my own, and I did.

  42. “POTUS-2020” – SIRACH (Ecclesiasticus) 10:4-5 – “The Lord sees to the government of the world and brings the right person to power at the right time. The success of that person is in the Lord’s hands. The Lord is the honor given to any official.” – 2 CORINTHIANS 13:5 – Put yourselves to the test and judge yourselves, to find out whether you are living in faith.Surely you know that Christ Jesus is in you?—unless you have completelely failed.” – Reference: Good News Bible GNT

  43. I appreciate your thoughts in the article, “trump-should-be-removed-from-office” in CT, however, I do not agree with your analysis. The case was not made for the “sins” you describe, and certainly not for, “high crimes and misdemeanors.” What was particularly disappointing was this statement, “He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals” as though Obama and all past presidents did not do the same? It is not immoral to hire someone later found out to be a criminal. This happens all the time to innocent moral human beings. Christ himself was found with criminals, one of which was allowed into heaven that day of the crucifixion. It is clear that media sources rather than Biblical sources of moral truth inform your ideas. If you showed some humility in your thinking it would demonstrate your own Christian faith rather than secular faith in materialism.

  44. Mr. Galli,

    I posted this comment around 11:30 am on October 20 2019 but it is no longer on the comment page. So I am reposting. Thank you.

    Your op/ed bases your premise of supporting the impeachment of President Trump on a false narrative, which you provided little to no evidence to substantiate. I’m not even going to debate that with you. The purpose of this communication is that I don’t think your stated rationale is the real reason you support the impeachment of President Trump. Based on the op/ed and your other writings, It feels to me that you think you know for a fact how God works on people’s hearts. That you know for a fact that Christians and non-Christians will turn away from God in droves all because evangelical Christians support President Trump. And to stop this mass exodus away from the Christian faith President Trump must be impeached. That premise fails for so many reasons including that you do not know the plans of God. For your prayerful consideration.

  45. Friday 12.20.2019:
    Re: Your Editorial “Trump Should Be Removed from Office”:
    I REALLY tried to keep an open mind in reading your article. But alas, why am I not surprised? Same old condescension-and of course, the air of superiority: >”The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration”. (1 of many examples). Should I, a “dumb deplorable” be requesting prayer from you? But I have prayed for you Mr. Galli. Lynne Valetutti p.s.: As to: “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”. Perhaps one should keep an open mind & not solely judging on one’s past. Especially when it appears that the President either came to Christ or is on his journey to Christ, in the worst pressure situation possible. Why does everyone cut “Kanye” a break at the beginning of his journey yet can’t wait until you could find what your opinion feels is a deviance from the Constitution & condemn him.

  46. Mark: Thank you for your clear and measured words on today’s news
    interview, calling out the breach of moral behavior by enablers
    the present political administration and it’s unrepentant leader.

  47. Mr. Galli Editor, Christianity Today.
    Years ago, I subscribed to your magazine. I cancelled my subscription because of the liberal nature of your articles. I am trying now to comment on your editorial regarding the impeachment of Donald Trump, and I am appalled at your support of this far left wing atrocity. This is not the way we work under our Constitution….The Democratic Party has accused our President of wrongdoing since before he was even sworn into office. When I look at what the Democratic candidates offer, there is not ONE that I would trust to do a better job than
    Donald J. Trump. The leaders in the Democratic party lie, cheat, search, destroy anyone who is not following their agenda. What ever happened to innocent to proven guilty? We give hardened criminals more leeway than what you are giving our duly elected President. All of the charges that the Democrats have challenged Trump with are hearsay and someone’s presumption. Trump may not be a polished “politician” in the Washington “in-crowd”, but I would trust him far beyond what I have seen of the Washington politicians behavior the past 3 years. So sad with your intelligence and “Christian” leadership that you could buy into this preposterous charge. I am willing to say that I doubt that the
    Rev. Dr. Billy Graham would be sad to hear you take this stand against our President and our country. God help us!!!

  48. Thank you for your editorial on Trump. It is too long in coming that we should acknowledge that the evangelical leadership’s (too many but not all, obviously) support of an immoral leader will do Christianity nothing but harm in the long run. My step son used to be a practicing Christian but now is so disgusted that “religiosity supports doing deals for power with the devil” that he has moved precipitously away from God. Please reconsider retiring at this time. All of us who truly love the Lord need each other’s support against the storm of these present times! Rarely is there a man with a public forum who will stand up for virtue when that is an unpopular stand. I want you to know how much we all appreciate you and your words which rang so true. Do not be dissuaded by those who criticize you and the editorial. I pray all of God’s greatest blessings on you for your obedience to the one who IS TRUTH.

  49. But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power TO EXPOSE OUTRAGEOUS AND ILLEGAL FRAUD BY JOE BIDEN WHILE HE SERVED IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. If Biden can never be investigated, that means corruption can never be condemned! The House impeachment process was one of the most egregious exhibitions of poor procedural practice ever. A President can only be removed from office if he committed treason, bribery, high crime or misdemeanor.Trump did none of those. Trump has done more to enhance Christianity today than the atheists you are promoting. You should be condemned and embarrassed and condemned.

  50. Mr. Galli, Your recent op’ed bases your premise of supporting the impeachment of President Trump on a false narrative, which you provided no evidence to substantiate. I’m not here to debate that with you. The purpose of this communication is that I don’t think your stated rationale is the real reason you support the impeachment of President Trump. It feels to me that you think you know for a fact how God works on people’s hearts. That you know for a fact that Christians and non-Christians will turn away from God in droves all because evangelical Christians support President Trump. And to stop this mass exodus away from the Christian faith President Trump must be impeached. That premise fails for so many Christian, political and moral reasons including that you do not know the plans of God. For your prayerful consideration.

  51. Pretty sure the flack is flying today, sir, but just wanted to say that I (and a very very large number of ‘we’) are extremely grateful for your editorial, and for the quality and integrity of your work. Thank you!

  52. Pastor Bob, Well said. I am a little confused with Mark’s publishing’s especially with his most recent slamming a President who has done more for Christians and Jews than any modern President. So i am a little perplexed and concern that he speaks for Christians. This is very deceiving. Bible warns us in the last days there will be false prophets and false teachings.

    Mark, I have lost all respect of you. You will be in my prayers.

  53. My advice; be aware of your jeopardy with the scriptures, You are flying the flag of Christian but Jesus was clear Christians do not mingle with this worlds politics.

    John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

  54. Thanks so much for your courage to be honest in the face of such moral degradation. You did a great thing speaking truth to power. We should all aspire to do the same.

    1. Just wanted to also thank you for your editorial. I have been shocked and amazed by the support the Evangelical community has give Trump. He seems antithetical to what we are taught as Christians lacking in any human decency and a moral compass. Just his daily lies and cruelty towards others should be enough to dissuade anyone with a moral compass regardless of their political views. There must be another candidate who supports their political and religious beliefs without being so caustic and divisive to the rest of America and much of the world? Reading the comments I am shocked at the language of “Christians”. Certainly was not how I was raised to behave as a Christian should.

  55. Franklin Graham
    9 hours ago
    My Response to Christianity Today:
    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. I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now. 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.
    For Christianity Today to side with the Democrat Party in a totally partisan attack on the President of the United States is unfathomable. Christianity Today failed to acknowledge that not one single Republican voted with the Democrats to impeach the President. I know a number of Republicans in Congress, and many of them are strong Christians. If the President were guilty of what the Democrats claimed, these Republicans would have joined with the Democrats to impeach him. But the Democrats were not even unanimous—two voted against impeachment and one voted present. This impeachment was politically motivated, 100% partisan. Why would Christianity Today choose to take the side of the Democrat left whose only goal is to discredit and smear the name of a sitting president? They want readers to believe the Democrat leadership rather than believe the President of the United States.
    Look at all the President has accomplished in a very short time. The economy of our nation is the strongest it has been in 50 years, ISIS & the caliphate have been defeated, and the President has renegotiated trade deals to benefit all Americans. The list of accomplishments is long, but for me as a Christian, the fact that he is the most pro-life president in modern history is extremely important—and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that, to say it doesn’t count? The President has been a staunch defender of religious freedom at home and around the world—and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that? Also the President has appointed conservative judges in record number—and Christianity today wants us to ignore that? Christianity Today feels he should be removed from office because of false accusations that the President emphatically denies.
    Christianity Today said it’s time to call a spade a spade. The spade is this—Christianity Today has been used by the left for their political agenda. It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism.
    Is President Trump guilty of sin? Of course he is, as were all past presidents and as each one of us are, including myself. Therefore, let’s pray for the President as he continues to lead the affairs of our nation.

    1. Thank you, Franklin Graham, for you wonderful and accurate comments. God, your father and I love you for your loving kindness. Donald J. Trump, I believe, was chosen by the Lord to lead this country. The Lord quietly whispered into our minds and souls to vote for this imperfect man…and we did so in spite of the ugliness that prevailed. God forgives us all and loves us anyway…what a true gentleman He is!

  56. Trump Should Be Removed from Office (Yes, after 2024)

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html

    You write…
    In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today 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.

    Really, the Godless Democrats stated their intention to impeach Donald Trump just after he was elected. Why do you feel the need to comment now?

    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.

    What changed? Where is your opinion piece about the immoral Godless Democrat leadership (and rank and file members) and how they have taken God out of the public square and are destroying the United States of America as a beacon of hope in a Godless world?

    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.

    Invoking Billy Graham. I doubt Billy Graham would agree with your comments, but who knows for sure.

    Let’s 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.

    No kidding…

    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.

    No, the facts are not clear and you merely regurgitate Democrat talking points… Donald Trump did not violate the U.S. Constitution and his conduct, in this instance, was not immoral (as you assert).

    The reason many are not shocked 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.

    Morality and politics do not go together and never have in this country or in any other country/kingdom since the beginning of time… Immoral, perhaps. But, the mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders are coming from the communist Democrats. Trump is the first Republican that I can remember in my lifetime that ever fought back against Democrat mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders. Judge not least ye be judged likewise.

    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.

    You are wrong again. The institution of the presidency was irrevocably damaged long before Donald Trump was elected as POTUS. Do you not remember JFK, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama (to name a few)? Currently, the only alternative to Donald Trump is a Godless Democrat or a globalist Republican. Either of which will continue to destroy the United States of America. While Donald Trump could, no doubt, conduct himself in a more dignified manner in many cases, Donald Trump is still the best choice (among the available choices) to lead the United States at this point and time in history.

    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.

    Bill Clinton was actually one of the better presidents we have had since 1960 (he was politically astute enough to go along with most of Newt Gingrich’s ‘Contract with America’). While Bill Clinton was not removed from office, Bill Clinton perjured himself and was disbarred in Arkansas for doing so. To my knowledge, Donald Trump has not broken any law. The attempt to remove Donald Trump from office is not currently constitutionally permissible (irrespective of the Godless Democrats impeaching him).

    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.

    If God does not want Donald Trump re-elected, Donald Trump will not be re-elected. The only other choice will be some Godless Democrat.

    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 doesn’t really matter in the end?

    You sound like a typical Never Trumper (e.g., Mona Charen, Bill Krystol, etc.) The only other choice will be some Godless Democrat.

    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’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. And just when we think it’s time to push all our chips to the center of the table, that’s 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.

    The Godless Democrats criticized you so now you have decided to join them in criticizing President Trump. Bad mouth President Trump all you want, the only other choice will be some Godless Democrat (which is, apparently, what you hope to achieve).

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

    ‘YOU’ BELIEVE THAT IT IS DISLOYAL TO GOD IF WE DON’T AGREE WITH ‘YOUR’ VIEW OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.

    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.

    AS A LIFELONG CHRISTIAN I KNOW WHO I AM AND WHO I SERVE. DO YOU?

    I am appalled and heart sick that you would take a political issue, one you obviously know nothing about, and make an attempt to shame Christians into seeing it ‘your’ way.

    HOW PATHETIC THAT YOU WOULD USE A MAGAZINE CREATED BY A GODLY MAN LIKE BILLY GRAHAM AND USE IT AND HIM TO FARTHER YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS!

    Franklin Graham has responded to your article saying that his father knew and liked Trump. Billy Graham believed in him and thought him the President for our times. Franklin Graham shared who his father voted for – Donald Trump. Do you really believe it was right to use Billy Graham’s name and legacy to make your article appear legitimate? It was not!

  58. …Same message with minor typo corrections with edits to claify my point…

    Dear Sir,
    I truly hope you stop watching CNN.
    Your article about our President needing to be removed is very shocking to me.
    He did nothing wrong. Read it for yourself and don’t be a sheeple.

    I looked over your Bio and I can tell that you have spent time learning how to think.

    President Donald Trump is not corrupt. He did nothing wrong.
    Have you looked at the transcript of the July 25th phone call where our President talked with President Zelenskyy?
    Read it for yourself.
    I have read the whole thing. In fact I printed all 5 pages from the printer on my desk.
    If you watch CNN, you might begin to think that he is a bad person.
    He is not and I believe that he has a heart of gold. His brash and sometimes offensive speech is exactly what this country needs, especially after an 8-year crime spree from the Obama administration.
    I hope you understand that point.
    There are too many lies in politics and I feel that the Republican Party got pushed out of the way by evil Democrats.
    There is a web sight that can help you understand things better.

    http://bonginoreport.com

    Do you understand what evil is?
    I hope you do.
    Have you ever been involved with the BSA = Boy Scouts of America? They have an Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan and the outdoor code. I wish everyone would live by such a manner.

    I love Jesus Christ and I believe that Donald J. Trump is the perfect person for the job he has been called to do. He is not a perfect person but he is perfect for the job. Obama came close to totally transforming the nation but the good people rose up (almost too late) and put a stop to the corruption. Our President is doing his job without hiding anything, total transparency with little influence by raw politics. Again this is the opposite of what we got from The Obamanation

    Thanks for reading this.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope you can write something that will support your President so you can redeem your good name. People are watching you and don’t want you to leave with a bad stain on your name.

    Sincerely,

    Andy Jennings
    916-202-9994
    Folsom, CA
    Andyroofs@me.com

  59. Dear Sir,
    I truly hope you stop watching CNN.
    Your article about our President needing to be removed is very shocking to me.
    I looked over your Bio and I can tell that you have spent time learning how to think.

    President Donald Trump is not corrupt.
    Have you looked at the transcript of the July 25th phone call where our President talked with President Zelenskyy?
    I have. In fact I printed all 5 pages from my printer on my desk.
    If you watch CNN, you might begin to think that he is a bad person.
    He is not and I believe that he has a heart of gold. His brash and sometimes offensive speech is exactly what this country needs after a crime spree from the Obama administration.
    There are too many liners in politics and I feel that the Republican Party got pushed out of the way by evil Democrats.
    Do you understand what evil is?
    Have you ever been involved with the BSA = Boy Scouts of America? They have an Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan and the outdoor code. I wish everyone would live by such a manner.

    I love Jesus Christ and I believe that Donald J. Trump is the perfect person for the job he has been called to do. He is not a perfect person but he is perfect for the job. Obama came close to totally transforming the nation but the good people rose up (almost too late) and put a stop to the corruption. And he is doing it without hiding anything, total transparency with little influence be raw politics. Again this is the opposite of what we got from The Obamanation

    Thanks for reading this.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope you can write something that will support your President so you can redeem your good name. People are watching you and don’t want you to leave with a bad stain on your name.

    Sincerely,

    Andy Jennings
    916-202-9994
    Folsom, CA
    Andyroofs@me.com

  60. Re your latest editorial, “Trump Should Be Removed From Office,” are you implying Christians were wrong when they voted for Donald Trump INSTEAD OF Hillary Clinton? Do you think she would have been a better president? As Christians and good Americans, we had no other choice beside Mr. Trump.

  61. Mark
    Just read your article supporting the removal of Trump from office. Would ask you to prayerfully reconsider. CT and you influence a lot of sincere followers of Christ and thus have a huge responsibility to seek and speak truth formed from Scripture and unbiased prayer. I believe your position reflects more of an elitist evangelical bias than reality regarding Trumps presidency. You appear to be currying the favor of progressive Christian thinkers for personal acceptance.
    Could it be that God has placed Trump in power for “such a time as this”? Have you been consistently praying for him to have wisdom, direction and protection? Not withstanding Trumps immoral behaviour, is he beyond redemption? Are you confident Mark that you would have been morally clean had you been a wealthy pagan? Do you honestly believe the present left should lead America? Does the increasing vileness of the rhetoric against Trump not alert you to the direction you are leaning and the people who despise Trump out of sheer hatred? You are a gifted, faithful servant of Jesus Mark. Extend mercy to your beleaguered president. May the Lord grant you peace this Advent season. David

    1. Well said. Mr. Galli is very far from Christlike in behavior and deed. Ordinary common sense should prevail in our daily lives. Unfortunately, Mr. Galli did not receive the gift of “I’m sorry, I was wrong” in his persona. He cannot bring himself to look at what his rhetoric is doing to those persons who may be seeking the Lord. I’m not sure what to think of a leader such as this. The Bible talks about those who in Christian leadership that lead people astray because they know not the Lord themselves. They are in for a rude awakening. Mr. Galli needs to take a deep inner look at himself and truly do some housecleaning. His ego is getting in the way…it is he who is sinning. We are to love one another.

  62. Dear Mr Galli ,

    I have read your article today about removal of President Trump .

    You are mistaken that President Trump did anything at all which is unconstitutional. Not only is this the case about his phone call with Ukraine’s President, It is what the press has wrongly been claiming , but is incorrect and also historically not true . You have fallen for a canard perpetrated by the enemies of the actual US Constitution .

    No American President is forbidden to inquire of other governments or their leaders concerning what an American citizen or official may be doing on foreign soil . This applies whether the citizen is a competing candidate, current or past office holder , or other citizen. There is much precedent of it , and no constitutional Prohibition. Indeed , many situations ( such as this one ) require it of the President .

    You confuse not only the entirety of the facts , but also the Constitutional principles . It is a far more complex situation than you show that you realize , and have written too soon on the topic , unfortunately.

    The findings that should emerge after Mr Durham is finished with his research with his a Grand Jury , will help you understand better . At this time , I would urge you to be ready to take back what you have written and exhibits more modesty
    You do not grasp the realities . I long for Christian Thinkers who are more adept , but your work today is not in this category .

  63. Mr.Galli ,
    I am no fan of Donald Trump, but when you compare his moral failure to the evil of abortion in your most recent editorial , that’s a bridge too far. God has throughout all of scripture had great concern for those who are most helpless and without power. What is more helpless than a tiny life in it’s mother’s womb ? I’m sure you include abortion because you believe it a sacred cow of the right. No, it is a God issue, not a political issue. Your words have caused tremendous hurt… Sad, so very sad .

  64. Rom 13:11-12 tells us that the end is closer than we think. God is using our President to help divide the sheep from the goats. Congratulations, your editorial sounds more like an arrogant Pharisee, and we know how popular they were with our Lord. I pray that your eyes will be opened to what the Lord is doing. It is a shame that a once respected magazine in Christianity now has you as an editor in chief.

    1. I agree with only one of your comments: God is definitely dividing the sheep from goats. Which one are you?

  65. Your editorial in Christianity Today disgusts me as a Christian, you have made a huge mistake and you will regret it one day when you will face the Lord on judgement day.

  66. I am very disappointed to see you say President Trump should not be President. I did not buy your logic.
    Are you a democrat? Liberal? You sound like you are God. God allowed him to be put in office . Just today lFranklin Graham said he supports President Trump. I use to get and support this magazine but this crosses the line and I will not read
    This magazine again. The people elected President Trump and this move to remove him is wrong. I have followed all the news on this on Fox News. I am really sad you have done this article.

    1. I wonder if you would have a different perspective if you expanded the your awareness by listening to other points of view. Fox news’ reputation is that it fully supports the Republican party so you are not likely to be exposed to any of the facts that informed Mr. Galli’s editorial. You might even consider an outside source like BBC (Britain)or CBC (Canada) where they do not have a political affiliation and see what they have to say. If you are interested in the truth, then limiting yourself to Fox news might not be the way to go. Blessings!

    2. Although God allowed his election, perhaps he also will facilitate his removal.
      And what of this?:

      Luke 4:5-7 NIV
      [5] The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. [6] And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. [7] If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

      When God allows the devil authority authority what kind of test is in it for his followers?

  67. Thank you for your article in CT regarding the removal of President Trump from office.
    Let me explain why your article was so meaningful to me: I had a dear family member who was a missionary in Mozambique. She came to live with us soon after she saw all her family and friends murdered in front of her. I was angry with what happened to her for a long time. Today, praying to God to put forgiveness in my heart, and reflecting on this – I have forgiven them. But I think what happened was not so much that I have forgiven them, as I have placed the blame to where it really belongs- and that was, unfortunately, the Church. You see, in seek of power, the Church involved themselves with politics… and with the corrupted, immoral politicians in charge who were oppressing the the local people. And although murder is not ever justifiable, I came to understand how, the Church who was siding with their oppressors became a target also… so today, I believe they hold the real responsibility as they should have known better than corrupt their morals and principals, where the locals were in a sense protecting themselves from an evil government and those associated with them.
    So when I saw churches backing the most morally corrupted man, who associate himself with corrupted even more corrupted people such as confirmed racist Mr. Miller, it caused me great anguish and despair. Most of the people who broke bread with me every Sunday voted for that man, and are still defending him. I will be honest with you, I had to leave the Church because of that. I tried to stay… but I could not feel the Holy Spirit there anymore. When I am in Church all I can think of is those kids in the border and the cruelty inflicted upon them, and those at risk of losing medical care, and those LGBT service personnel that were removed from their military service for their Country. Everyone has a portion of the Bible that speaks to them the loudest. For me it’s Mathew 25:40 and the teaching that God is the face of every disenfranchised person. For me God is every sick person I meet, God is the immigrant, the poor, the addicted and the LGBT kid who is being bullied at my son’s school… I could not consolidate Mathew 25:40 with how my Church was treating the exact people in whom I saw the face of God… I had no option but to leave… I have already seen what happens when a Church invest itself in corrupted politicians in the pursue of power at all costs.
    My only comment regarding your piece was the notion that “the Domocrats” had in for him from day one. Yes, they did, but not not unwarranted. This was a man who pursued the conspiracy theory of birtherism (and all the racist implications of it) for years before he became president. His defrauding of several charities, including Saint Jude childhood cancer and veterans charities was widely known. And so was his involvement with Russia (Manifort and Flynn both with known ties to Russia worked for the campaign) so, perhaps, Democrats, as well as informed moral patriotic Americans, independent of Party, had it for him from day one… but it was well merited and with very good cause.
    Still, I appreciated that you could finally see the obvious, but I ask you: don’t hold the consent of foresight against those who were willing to see it before you did.

    1. “These other evangelicals [who] often haven’t finished college, and if they have jobs, and apparently most of them don’t, they are blue-collar jobs or entry level work” – Galli

      In the same article he proudly refers to himself as belonging to a different group of evangelicals….”the elite”

      “Different group?” Really? I’m sure Jesus is proud

      1. Matteo, Just to be clear, that statement about evangelicals who haven’t finished college–well, it was based on surveys that came out immediately after the 2016 election. I have since done more reading and realize that Trump voters can be found at all class levels. See comments to Austin about what I meant by “elite.” (Hint: it’s a criticism of me and my colleagues for being elitist!)

    2. In an effort to find common ground, I believe myself and many others would benefit from seeing a short list of offenses; say a 10 to 1 count down of the absolute worst offenses this President has committed since taking office, in your opinion.

      But I suspect you are not up to the challenge. So I will compile my own list based upon your utterances. For Example, your statements on Russia and Mueller. All false, all a coup against this fine President. FBI agents fired and soon getting cuffed. All agents filled with uncontrolled hate of this mans Twitter! LoL But I digress. Put together your list, I encourage everyone to put together the list you believe Mark would consider so awfully offensive! Heck, make two list! Once offenses from before he became President and One Since he has been President! I am thinking there should or could be a fine reward for the best list. Donation to a charity of choice maybe?

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