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Devotionals    H3'ed 12/24/19

The Left, The Right and The Wrong -- Transactional Christians Exposed by Christianity Today

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This is really quite stupid. Let us deal with it on three levels. First is the absurd notion that Christianity Today must be advocating for a Democratic candidate since they have correctly dismissed Trump as not being worthy of our Christian vote. Let me explain how impeachment works. If Mr. Trump was convicted in the Senate, which will never happen, then the Vice-President becomes president. You remember Mike Pence don't you? The actual Evangelical on the ticket? The man who will not go anywhere without his wife to avoid the mere appearance of impropriety? The second level to examine here is the sheer duplicity. To state that the president is being impeached for a phone call we might disagree with is like saying the Titanic was sunk because it hit an ice cube. Thirdly is the conflation of pure NAR garbage with what might be legitimate concerns. The wielding of socialism like a boogeyman is ridiculous. The inference that God prefers one form of taxation over the next or that He would be in favor of school choice is ludicrous. The inference that the current president is pro-family is laughable on its face. James Dobson has always been a political hack disguised as a Christian and should be dismissed as such. At least however he is not financially compromised like Franklin Graham, who also wrote his disagreement publicly with Christianity Today.

"Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be removed from office--and they invoked my father's name (I suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements), so I feel it is important for me to respond. Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed. I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now. 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. -- Franklin Graham

Strange because other family members stridently disagreed with Franklin's assessment and pointed out that the then 98-year-old Billy was barely ambulatory, let alone driving down to the local polling station. In fact, just days before the election Franklin was quoted as follows regarding his father:

"He's real quiet. Doesn't say much... Can't see. His mind is clear. ... But he speaks in sentences of one word... It's a party every Sunday when I go see him because he's made it through another week... At 98, you count the days and weeks." -- Franklin Graham

Billy Graham once lamented his greatest regret was ever becoming political in this world. So why would Franklin Graham lie about his own father? The same reason he has lied about this president for years now. Perhaps it has nothing to do with the donations Trump has made to both of the charities Franklin runs and gets paid over $800,000 per year from. Perhaps however it is simply transactional. That is why the 170 apostates who sent the letter side with someone they would normally rebuke and cry repent to. What are the thirty pieces of political silver they have been promised by the thrice married, twice divorced, genital grabbing, bastion of faith? Let Franklin answer that one as well:

"Look at all the President has accomplished in a very short time. The economy of our nation is the strongest it has been in 50 years, ISIS & the caliphate have been defeated, and the President has renegotiated trade deals to benefit all Americans. The list of accomplishments is long, but for me as a Christian, the fact that he is the most pro-life president in modern history is extremely important--and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that, to say it doesn't count? The President has been a staunch defender of religious freedom at home and around the world--and Christianity Today wants us to ignore that? Also the President has appointed conservative judges in record number--and Christianity today wants us to ignore that? Christianity Today feels he should be removed from office because of false accusations that the President emphatically denies." -- Franklin Graham

First of all, some of these stated facts are anything but. The trade deals have devastated our farmers. Foreign policy experts all agree Isis is not defeated. Either way, what is the cost of these perceived accomplishments? What do you have to sell out? You see the question Graham asks is wrong. It is not that Christianity Today wants us to ignore perceived strengths but to weigh them against our Christian witness and ask what is worth more? Many in the NAR and the apostate church will undoubtedly scream that the judges are worth more and therein lies the transactional rub. If your witness can be sold for some judges that may or may not do what you think they will, then I would fear for your salvation entirely. Do we have so little hope that one day we can nominate a candidate that shares our social issue stands without tweeting like a psychotic, telling grieving widowers that their deceased is looking up at them from hell, insult family members of fallen soldiers, cage children at the border, and disparage former prisoner of war heroes?

It is time to stop allowing the false narrative that disagreement with the apostate church must mean alignment with the perceived far left. If you spew that Christianity Today is a far-left magazine then you are too compromised to be in this discussion. They are not left; they simply were tired of being wrong. As for the continued dissembling by Graham, Dobson and the rest of the apostates regarding the actual impeachment charges I have a simple equation. If it was a President Hillary who had made the call to the Ukraine after holding up congressionally approved money to extort political favors from him, who doubts for a second that Franklin Graham would not be leading the "lock her up" chants? If President Hillary was disparaging our NATO allies and cozying up to our enemies, who honestly believes that the same 170 signatories from the apostate church would not be screaming in streets for her impeachment? This hypocrisy is not lost on the fallen world. That was the point Christianity Today was trying to make. Who we are as Christians must trump who we are as political actors in this carnal world.

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