The liberal media jumped at the chance to claim superiority over Evangelical Christian supporters of President Donald Trump after a scathing editorial published by Christianity Today called for the president’s impeachment and removal from office.
Asked what his father, the late evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, might have thought about the editorial, Graham’s son, Rev. Franklin Graham says, “My father would be very disappointed in Mark and would not agree with it at all.”
The author of the editorial, Mark Galli, invoked Billy Graham’s name in the piece that sought to shame and question the faith of Evangelical Trump supporters.
Billy Graham would be “very disappointed”
Franklin Graham and over 100 other evangelical leaders defended their support for Trump in a letter to Christianity Today’s president this week. “Your editorial offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations,” they wrote.
Graham also appeared Monday on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle for a conversation with guest host Raymond Arroyo.
“My father believed in Donald Trump, supported Donald Trump and he actually voted for Donald Trump, and if he were here today he would tell you that himself,” Graham revealed. Billy Graham died in 2018 at age 99.
Conservative judges and religious liberty
A moment later, after sharing the true message of the Christmas holiday, Graham said, “Christmas is about God’s love and about giving, and this magazine is way off target.”
“They are a very liberal left-wing magazine now,” the reverend continued, noting how his father was instrumental in getting the magazine started in the 1950s. He added, “It has drifted to the left and this magazine does not speak for these Evangelical Christians.”
Arroyo shifted gears somewhat and shared a clip of MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton accusing Evangelical Trump supporters of “selling out Jesus” in favor of the president, a notion Graham summarily dismissed.
“We as Christians, and for me as an Evangelical, I’m concerned about the direction of our country, I’m concerned about religious liberty,” he said and referenced the troubles Christians had suffered under the prior Obama administration and how those troubles had diminished under the Trump administration.
He further praised Trump for his record number of conservative judicial appointments and the respect for religious freedom and human life that is represented in the White House these days.
CT doesn’t speak for all
As Graham and others noted, the increasingly liberal magazine doesn’t speak for all, or even most, Evangelical Christians, and Billy Graham’s legacy shouldn’t be invoked in a shameful partisan ploy by those who on any other day wouldn’t care a whit about people of faith.