Franklin Graham Slams Christianity Today: “Last Vote My Father Cast Was For Donald Trump”

Opinion   |   Gary Bauer   |   Dec 20, 2019   |   6:57PM   |   Washington, DC

My wife and I attended a holiday party last night where we were blessed to have the opportunity to talk with many Christian heroes and luminaries, including Dr. James Dobson and Reverend Franklin Graham.  There were many Christians serving in government there as well at Vice President Mike Pence’s home, including Justice Clarence Thomas.

It was an encouraging time, and a reminder of all the battles that have been raging for decades in which we all did the best we could as followers of Jesus Christ.

As Carol and I were returning home we heard the news that Christianity Today’s (CT) editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, had just released an editorial entitled, “Trump Should Be Removed From Office.”

This once respected publication, which Billy Graham helped to launch, has just thrown its lot in with the aggressively secular, abortion on demand movement that has spent the last 20 years trying to rip America out of the rich soil of our Judeo-Christian heritage.  Some Christmas present to their subscribers.  Shame on them!

Franklin Graham was quick to react.  In a lengthy Facebook post, Graham revealed that the last vote his father cast was for Donald Trump.  Graham wrote:

“My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.”

Graham added this impeachment sham was “politically motivated, 100% partisan,” and he blasted CT, writing, “It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism.”

Graham is absolutely right.  Five paragraphs into the anti-Trump editorial — there’s no other way to put it — CT engaged in a bald-face lie.  It wrote:  “But the facts in this instance [the Ukrainian phone call] are unambiguous.”

No they are not.  That’s why legal scholars, members of Congress and the American people are divided about the phone call.

What follows in the editorial is a description of the call, which, if I did not know better, I would swear had been written by Nancy Pelosi or Adam Schiff.  I will not poison your mind by quoting it because you have heard similar things over and over again by far left fanatics who hate everything that Christianity Today claims to believe.

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The editorial later asserts that they are “agnostic” about whether Trump should be removed by the Senate or at the ballot box in the next election.  But it declares that he should be removed out of “loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.”

Here’s some breaking news for CT:  No election involves a sinner running against a saint.  All candidates are sinners.  All the voters who vote for them have sinned.  In the real world, most elections are a binary choice between fallen human beings who are willing to defend certain values and oppose other values.

On the day CT printed this editorial, 13 more judicial nominees who will defend traditional values, nominated by President Trump, advanced in the Senate over the objections of progressives CT apparently wants to see back in power next November.

Years ago, when I was a senior vice president at Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson and I were often in the foxhole together battling the left.  We were also trying to alert the church about what was coming down the road.

I don’t remember a day when the attacks by the left, often involving death threats, ever caused Dr. Dobson and I to waver or get depressed or to think of giving up.

But there were days we would get letters from churches upset that we had criticized their deacon who happened to run the local abortion clinic.  There were days when publications like CT, claiming to speak for the church, said we were being “alarmist” and that Christians should not be involved in public policy debates at all.  Those days depressed both of us more than anything else.

Dr. Dobson never stopped fighting, and I haven’t either.  But today, I will confess to you is a tough day when you’re fending off blows from Pelosi and progressive activists, and suddenly all the reporters in Washington are calling, eagerly wanting to talk to me because CT just took the side of the radical secular left.

Please, my friends, take a moment today to pray for all the Christians involved in government and in the public policy debate – Vice President Pence, Justice Thomas, Franklin Graham, and yes, the president too.  I would also covet your prayers for myself and my family. Note: Gary Bauer is the president of American Values, a national pro-family organization and is the former president of the Family Research Council. Bauer ran for the Republican nomination for president and appears frequently on radio and television programs.