Decency = Lefty Conspiracy

December 20, 2019


Who would-a thunk it? Christianity Today, which Billy Graham founded in the 1950’s and was first edited by Carl Henry, has morphed into a “far left” magazine. It’s the fate of anyone calling for law-abiding decency in the oval office. The message: Watch out. Conscientious leaders will inevitably dump us in Venezuela.

Such was Donald J. Trump’s assessment after Editor Mark Galli called for the president’s removal — either by Senate trial or the 2020 election. Galli’s article, which actually leveled criticism on Democrats and Republicans alike, drew surprise from secular pundits convinced all evangelicals limp like political zombies (research has shown they don’t — see here — but they’re glued to those inaccurate 2016 81-19 exit polls). Trump tweeted: “A far-left magazine, or ‘very progressive,’ as some would call it, which has been doing very poorly and hasn’t been involved with the Billy Graham family for a number of years, Christianity Today, knows nothing about reading a perfect transcript or of a routine phone call and would rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President. No president has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close. You’ll not be getting anything from those Dems on stage, and I won’t be reading ET again!”

So many errors (Graham immediately handed leadership to a board and editing chores to Henry; CT [not ET] was Henry’s baby); so much misunderstanding (Christianity Today is, if anything, a little right of center; it pines for those halcyon Gentleman Republican days); so many scare tactics (a Radical Left nonbeliever; images of federal home invaders pilfering guns and religion); and a subscription cancellation (“I won’t be reading ET again!”).


The errors, misunderstandings and scare tactics invited Twitter ridicule for Trump and praise for Galli.

But it seemed, once again, the deepest insight came from Twitter’s eloquent prophet, Beth Moore. She took her eyes off the president and focused on us. Who elects immoral leaders? And what is the role of a faith leader when voters choose them? The problem, she suggests, is neither Trump, Clinton, nor any other politician. Read her tweet series:

beth mooreIn early November 1992, I stood in front of the TV watching the last of the election results, tears pouring down my face. Our country had just elected Bill Clinton president. He was magnetic, brilliant, smooth and utterly immoral. I was a registered Democrat at that time.

In early November 2016, I stood in front of a screen bereft of hope either way that our country was about to elect a president who was honorable. For days to come, I muttered aloud almost daze-like, “Our country just elected Donald Trump president.” I was a registered Republican.

This is the point when hordes of people will shout, Stay out of politics! But I’d like to tell you why I can’t & why it matters -or SHOULD matter- to any of us who are faith leaders in this nation. The voting booth, come any presidential election, is a room of mirrors. We see us.

We the people hailed Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump as our picks for president of the US. They were us. I ask you what’s become of us? This is why this matters: Faith leaders, in the astonishingly, increasingly amoral condition of our country, our responsibility skyrockets.

The consciences of both political parties in our nation have been seared. We faith leaders are in a crisis of crumbling moral courage. My great concern is the church at this appointed hour, not the White House.The church is meant to be a prophetic voice.Not a puppet or puppeteer.

Faith leaders, let’s do our jobs. Not sell our souls. Let’s repent of our own sins. Sins of nationalism, racism, sexism, hatred, white supremacy, murder, our lying, our cheating, our bribing, our abuse of power, our blood thirst, our greed. Church, if we do not repent, who will?

About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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