“But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. As Christians, we are instructed to “speak the truth in love”. Ephesians 4:15 (TPT)
In Part 1 Speaking The Truth In Love of this series, I referred to God’s plumb line of righteousness found in Amos 1:7-9. God is aligning His people because He loves us, not because He desires to condemn us.
Before moving forward let me clarify that God does call people into political office and governmental positions of authority (ex. David, Daniel, Joseph).
This morning I was reading several articles with seemingly two different views on the impeachment of President Trump. If you are like me, you may feel conflicted at times after being bombarded with so much information on a daily basis. Several written articles caught my attention over the last few days. In Christianity Today, Evangelical Christian Magazine (CT), the Editor-in-Chief, Mark Gali wrote an editorial on Thursday, “Trump Should Be Removed from Office”, a response by Dr. Michael Brown, a Christian leader, “A Response to Christianity Today’s Call for the Removal of Trump from Office”., and also a post in the ChristianPost, “Trump, Franklin Graham, 8 other evangelicals react to Christianity Today’s call to remove president.”
These are divisive times that Satan can have a field day with. We want to trust our governmental and spiritual leaders to have our best interests at heart when responding to political differences in opinion. At times, a conflict of beliefs may arise that Satan will attempt to use to confuse us as to whose right and whose wrong. Yet, the Bible says we are to live at peace with one another.
Live happily together in a spirit of harmony, and be as mindful of another’s worth as you are your own. Don’t live with a lofty mind-set, thinking you are too important to serve others, but be willing to do menial tasks and identify with those who are humble minded.[a] Don’t be smug or even think for a moment that you know it all.
17 Never hold a grudge or try to get even, but plan your life around the noblest way to benefit others. 18 Do your best to live as everybody’s friend. Romans 12:16-18
We are living in divisive, chaotic and turbulent times and should make every effort not to give the devil an opportunity to manipulate you! Not only that, never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts[ that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them. This how we shut the mouth of the enemy.
These are well-respected Christian leaders with differing opinions. The news media wasted no time reporting this on it’s news outlets. I don’t believe there is one major news outlet that did not report this story.:
- A stark call for Trump’s removal by an evangelical Christian magazine suggests he could lose a previously rock-solid part of his base – Business Insider
- CHRISTIANITY TODAY EDITOR COMPARES DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY TO ABUSIVE HUSBAND AFTER BACKING REMOVAL FROM OFFICE – Newsweek
- Evangelical Magazine Christianity Today Calls for Trump’s Removal- New York Times
So what is the heart of the matter? Should President Trump be impeached? Should Evangelical Christians continue to ignore his behavior and support him for the cause? What is the cause?
Many times we get caught between differing opinions. We tend to align ourselves with a particular political party or whomever we follow religiously. Our lives, our families, the church, and the Kingdom of God is impacted by all of this. This concerns me because this can have a negative impact on our faith and our belief in God. These are times when we truly need to know God’s perspective on the matter.
God is not oblivious to what is taking place today. Yes, He gives us the right to choose whom and what we believe, but our belief and choices should not be based upon man’s opinion, but on God’s truth, righteousness and justice.
Have Evangelical Christians become desensitized to the truth of the gospel message?
Moral character is important! I know that some Evangelical Christians believe they weren’t looking for a preacher, but a president, however, moral character does count and should not be excused to achieve a political goal.
After reading the editorial, I perused CT’s Twitter feed. I was not astonished by the comments from different people either supporting or excoriating CT for the editorial.
We truly need the Word of the Lord today!
- Galli, M. (2019, December 19). Trump Should Be Removed from Office
- Brown, M. (2019, December 19). A Response to Christianity Today’s Call for the Removal of Trump from Office
- … (2019, December 19). Trump, Franklin Graham, 8 other evangelicals react to Christianity Today’s call to remove president