The Christianity Today news site weighs in on impeachment:
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.
Translation: “yes, Trump managed to put a wedge between Planned Parenthood’s abortion empire and federal funding; yes, Trump has reversed some of Obama’s specific policy targeting of Christian groups; yes, minorities and the underprivileged are faring better economically than they have in ages; yes, Trump is completely reshaping the Federal judiciary by appointing people who respect the Constitution; yes, Trump is resetting trade policy to protect the U.S., and pressing allies to shoulder their share of the defense burden… despite all that, he’s crude, rude, uncouth and must be removed.”
In other words, better to go down to polite defeat than to get dirty while fighting. What a joke. I remind this magazine of the personality contrasts between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. The former was fond of alcohol and cigars (which killed him), was notoriously unkempt, and lacked any political polish whatsoever. In contrast, Lee was the so-called “marble man,” — the West Point graduate who did four years without a single demerit… the consummate gentleman of refined manners and a personal ethos that inspired others to follow him.
When confronted after the battle of Shiloh about Grant possibly crawling back into the bottle, Lincoln refused to remove him, saying “I can’t spare him… he fights.” For anyone who wants to see America safe and strong, the same is true of Trump. I don’t idolize the man (or any other, for that matter). But results matter.
I would be remiss if I didn’t address one other part of the editorial:
…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.
That is but one interpretation of what happened, and I don’t believe it to be the correct one. Here’s an “unambiguous fact:” former Vice President Joe Biden openly (and profanely) admitted in a public forum that he withheld U.S. aid from the Ukraine until they agreed to fire a prosecutor. One who just happened to be looking into a company for which Biden’s son was paid thousands a month to “consult,” despite having no relevant experience. This is what Trump asked Ukraine to look into — whether the former U.S. vice president had abused his office. Looking after the nation’s vital interests surely must include investigating possible corruption, right?
To the writers of the editorial, though, that’s abuse of power by Trump. Sorry, that position is more alchemy than Christianity. The same people screaming “no one is above the law” are also yelling it’s wrong to look into actions Biden has acknowledged, because he’s a presidential candidate. So which is it? Can one now avoid scrutiny simply by throwing their hat in the ring? The writers of this editorial have swallowed a Democratic talking point without showing any discernment whatsoever.
It’s proper to be concerned about our witness, individually and as the Church. And it’s a good thing to strive for leaders we can emulate. We must be careful, however, of allowing the Enemy to use that concern to neuter effective resistance to godless globalism. I hope Christianity Today is enjoying all the temporary plaudits they’re receiving from people who detest everything Christianity actually represents. They fell for the trap, creating yet another crossfire that can only benefit the other side.
For all the public fables of Washington and the apple tree, or Lincoln and his log cabin, we never have or ever will elect a perfect man. I would love Trump to be more Christ-like as a person. But I need him to be an effective defender of America, its people and its traditions as a president. I don’t know why that is so hard to figure out.