According to a late December tweet, Mark Galli concluded his seven-year tenure as editor-in-chief of Christianity Today.
Although Galli, 67, first announced his plan to retire back in October, it is no small thing that his departure from the magazine follows so shortly after he penned an op-ed for the magazine calling for President Trump’s removal from office.
“Well, my retirement is a couple of days away,” Galli wrote on New Year’s Eve. “Will be posting here more often now that I have more time on my hands. Well, given last week, maybe not.”
Well, my retirement is a couple of days away. Will be posting here more often now that I have more time on my hands. Well, given my last week, maybe not 🙂
— Mark Galli (@markgalli) January 1, 2020
On Wednesday night, Christianity Today confirmed the announcement:
Our editor in chief for two more days 😢 https://t.co/TB3tt4OaUs
— Christianity Today (@CTmagazine) January 2, 2020
Galli’s editorial, titled “Trump Should Be Removed From Office,” was published on December 19th, one day after the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Although he acknowledged that Democrats have “have had it out for [Trump] from day one” and that the president “did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story” during the impeachment process, Galli maintained that “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,” Galli wrote. “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”
The op-ed also issued a stern warning to evangelicals who “brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.”
“If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?” Galli asked. “Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end?”
While many news outlets applauded Galli for taking a “brave stand,” his words sparked a strong backlash from hundreds of evangelical leaders, including Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist and Christianity Today founder, Billy Graham.
“My father knew Donald Trump, believed in Donald Trump, and in this last election, he voted for Donald Trump,” Graham told Fox News in December. “And if he were here today, I’m sure he would tell you that himself.”
In a lengthy Facebook post, Graham offered a thorough response to the editorial, stating that his father “believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.”
“For Christianity Today to side with the Democrat Party in a totally partisan attack on the President of the United States is unfathomable,” he wrote. “Christianity Today failed to acknowledge that not one single Republican voted with the Democrats to impeach the President.”
“I know a number of Republicans in Congress, and many of them are strong Christians,” Graham declared. “If the President were guilty of what the Democrats claimed, these Republicans would have joined with the Democrats to impeach him. But the Democrats were not even unanimous—two voted against impeachment and one voted present.”
“This impeachment was politically motivated, 100% partisan. Why would Christianity Today choose to take the side of the Democrat left whose only goal is to discredit and smear the name of a sitting president?” Graham asked. “They want readers to believe the Democrat leadership rather than believe the President of the United States.”
Nearly 200 evangelical leaders also penned a letter to Christianity Today president Timothy Dalrymple, saying the editorial had “offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations.”
“We are, in fact, not ‘far-right’ evangelicals as characterized by the author,” the letter states. “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 ensure that our foreign policy aligns with our values while making our world safer, including through our support of the State of Israel.”
“We are not theocrats and we recognize that our imperfect political system is a reflection of the fallen world within which we live, reliant upon the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is freely given to sinner and saint, alike,” the letter continues.
“We are proud to be numbered among those in history who, like Jesus, have been pretentiously accused of having too much grace for tax collectors and sinners,” the letter concludes, “and we take deeply our personal responsibility to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s — our public service.”
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