‘Tens-of-millions’ of evangelicals are offended by Christianity Today

‘Tens-of-millions’ of evangelicals are offended by Christianity Today December 24, 2019
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IT’S being widely reported that, in castigating evangelicals who give unqualified support to Donald Trump, the Editor-in-Chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, above, last week alienated ‘tens-of-millions of Bible-believing Christians.’ 

The Washington Post was one of many news outlets that carried reports that scores of evangelical leaders railed against CT for calling for Trump’s removal, accusing the magazine founded by the Rev Billy Graham of spiritual presumption against other Christians and cultural elitism.

A letter, sent in an email to CT President and CEO Timothy Dalrymple, was signed by more than 180 prominent evangelical figures. They wrote:

Your editorial offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations. It not only targeted our President; it also targeted those of us who support him, and have supported you.

The nearly 200 writers included such prominent far-right evangelical foghorns such as Mike Huckabee, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Alveda King and Bishop Harry Jackson who said:

We are, in fact, not ‘far-right’ evangelicals as characterized by the author. Rather, we are Bible-believing Christians and patriotic Americans who are simply grateful that our President has sought our advice as his administration has advanced policies that protect the unborn, promote religious freedom, reform our criminal justice system, contribute to strong working families through paid family leave, protect the freedom of conscience, prioritize parental rights and other matters.

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But the magazine is standing its ground and has supported Galli in a in a fresh editorial. Responding to criticism of Galli, Dalrymple, above, warned in an editorial, headlined “The Flag in the Whirlwind”:

President Donald Trump would have you believe we are ‘far left’. Others have said we are not Bible-believing Christians. Neither is true. Christianity Today is theologically conservative. We are pro-life and pro-family.

We are firm supporters of religious liberties and economic opportunity for men and women to exercise their gifts and create value in the world. We believe in the authority of Scripture.

Dalrymple, who claimed “we have received countless notes of encouragement from readers”, said:

Out of love for Jesus and his church, not for political partisanship or intellectual elitism, this is why we feel compelled to say that the alliance of American evangelicalism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness.

It has alienated many of our children and grandchildren. It has harmed African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American brothers and sisters. And it has undercut the efforts of countless missionaries who labor in the far fields of the Lord.

While the Trump administration may be well regarded in some countries, in many more the perception of wholesale evangelical support for the administration has made toxic the reputation of the Bride of Christ.

According to The Independent, subscriptions to CT have increased since it called for Trump’s impeachment. Galli told told MSNBC on Sunday:

A stereotypical response [has been] ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’ with a string of a hundred exclamation points – ‘you’ve said what I’ve been thinking but haven’t been able to articulate, I’m not crazy’ . We have lost subscribers but we’ve had three times as many people start to subscribe.


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  • Milo C

    I’m considering a subscription myself.

  • Jim Jones

    God’s plan is working. Obama showed that the right were racist bigots. Now Trump is showing that they are utterly immoral to the very depths of their souls.

  • larry parker

    We are pro-life and pro-family.

    So, CT’s defense is, we’re still misogynistic, homophobic bigots, we just don’t think Trump is the best representative.

  • WallofSleep

    Thanks Milo, I needed a laugh this morning.

  • DDRLSGC

    We should have learn that a long time ago when Reagan was in office and when the Republicans were swept into Congress in the 1990s about the right.

  • steve

    Well, hundreds of millions of decent human beings are offended by evangelicals.

  • Pollos Hermanos ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    God put Trump in office for a reason.

    The fun fact is, it was to show the rest of the world how utterly craven and phony Evangelicals are.

    Mysterious ways indeed.

  • Amused To Death

    They got what they wanted. Good and hard.

  • I don’t care about the substantial number of Evangelicals who are offended. What I care about is the small (but hopefully significant) minority of Evangelicals who were already uncomfortable with the direction things have gone, and just needed this excuse to realize they need to be better. Sure, as the more reasonable Evangelicals start breaking away it leaves the remaining concentrated soup more toxic than ever. But it’s a shrinking bowl.

  • Pollos Hermanos ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    We can undo a lot of the damage Trump is doing to America.

    Evangelicals will never be able to wash the stink off of them and I intend to remind them of that fact until the end of time.

  • Brian Curtis

    Join the club. Tens of millions of Americans–and hundreds of millions more around the world–are offended by Christianity today and every day. I believe the standard response is “suck it up, snowflake.”

  • Jim Jones

    It’s like a container full of urine. As it dries up, it stinks worse.

  • Pauli Staalesen d.y.

    Well, baby steps, right?

  • Rational Human

    This gives away the game. They want access to power, that’s all.

    “ simply grateful that our President has sought our advice as his administration has advanced policies…”

    He gave them a seat at the table, they will never turn on him

  • barriejohn

    How dare they oppose God’s Anointed!

    “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

    “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”

  • barriejohn

    This is interesting:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50906346

    And so is this:

    https://www.returntoorder.org/petition/thank-trump-keeping-christ-christmas/

    How wonderful that Americans are allowed to say “Merry Christmas” again, and all thanks to Donald Trump!

  • Richard Seibel

    The only silver lining I see with Trump is the young people look at Christianity and say “I want no part of that”. Now my opinion is validated with serious credentials in the Christian community.

  • HematitePersuasion

    I think Mr. Trump is the ideal representative, as selected by the vast majority of self-identifying pro-life and pro-family persons.

  • Lauren Greene

    Scumvangelicals are offended by an honest assessment of the neon orange god they made but not by children in cages, the pathological lying, his policies that are the very antithesis of what their Jeezus taught…the evilvangelical support of liar tRump will be an indictment against its validity as a religious movement for generations to come.

  • Arthur F. Meincke

    Believe whatever nonsense you want to believe, the Wizard doesn’t exist in any religious format.

  • Arthur F. Meincke

    There is no such thing as ” Pro-Life.” You support wars and the death penalty from your Buy Bulls…

  • Arthur F. Meincke

    First premise: There is NO god!

  • HematitePersuasion

    Perhaps you missed the term, self-identifying. I refer to their claims, not mine, in stating that the word-salad-spewing hypocrite, in his vicious, relentless, and reckless acts, is indeed the ideal representative of of the self-identifying conservative voter.

  • Raging Bee

    Whom the Gods destroy, they first make mad.

  • Judy Thompson

    and lets face it, evangelicals are pretty offensive. They hate on just about everyone, it’s about time they got offended back…

  • allen

    If there are that many evangelicals we need to call pest control.

  • Kaja

    ” offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers”
    Yes, your “spiritual integrity” and “Christian witness” should be questioned. It’s simply bankrupt. I can’t think of one Republican primary candidate in 2016 who wouldn’t appoint pro life judges so “Trump was our only choice” excuse rings hollow. I never recall Trump being pro-life until he pandered the Evangelicals in 2016 so why would they take a chance on him ? I’ll tell you why, because Trump is their “hit-man”. He does what the Evangelicals would publicly like to do to get their way (insult, slander, lie, cheat, end justifies the means, etc.) but can’t out of fear they will appear so un-Christian that even the blindest fool could see through them and damage their reputation (and pocketbook) beyond repair. The person who hires the hit-man is just as guilty as the hit-man in my book. Given how quickly the number of Millennial nones is growing, I think they’re digging their own grave. Just need a little more time.

  • Kaja

    Of course when I use the term “Evangelical” in this case I’m referring to the Evangelicals who denounced Galli and the decent Evangelicals who wouldn’t “sell their soul to the devil”.