[Wayne Grudem] Charismatic Christians make up a crucial segment of President Trump’s widely reported “evangelical” support base. But many people aren’t sure what to think when evangelical leaders oppose Trump because of his “moral character.”
Mark Galli, as editor of Christianity Today, published a strong, clear statement of this “character objection” against Trump (“Trump Should Be Removed from Office,” Dec. 19, 2019), and he also touched on the Ukrainian phone call, which is at the heart of the current impeachment process. I am writing this as a respectful response to Galli and everyone else who agrees with his anti-Trump viewpoint.
I appreciated Galli’s statement that the approach of Christianity Today is to “allow Christians with different political convictions to make their arguments in the public square.” That is what I am doing, because thoughtful interaction among people with different ideas is essential to a healthy democracy. Thoughtful interaction shouldn’t make us angry with one other, but should help us to think more carefully about political issues.
Finally, I should explain that I am writing as an evangelical Christian who has taught ethics as a professor at the college and graduate school level for 42 years, and as the author of a major textbook on Christian ethics and another widely used book on the relationship between politics and the Bible. I am writing to explain why I am still (more strongly than ever) an evangelical supporter of President Trump.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Wayne Grudem and first posted by Charisma Mag, title change by P&P]
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