The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for G od.
The latest dustup occurred after the departing editor of
This ignited a firestorm. Major media, which regularly ignore the opinions of religious publications, overnight transported Galli from relative obscurity to national prominence. Anti-Trump evangelicals called his comments a breath of fresh air. More like stale political air.
During the debate over slavery in America, pro- and anti-slavery clergy selectively quoted Scripture to President
Scripture, which conservative evangelicals claim is inerrant and infallible, contains stories of leaders with severe moral flaws, whom G od used for His own purposes. Those who want Trump removed from office and can't wait until the next election for voters to decide, ignore one of the most profound verses about temporal power: "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from G od, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by G od." (Romans 13:1 NLT)
If "everyone" and "all" doesn't mean everyone and all, including people for whom some evangelicals did not vote, pray tell what does it mean?
Galli and other anti-Trumpers don't tell us their presidential preferences. One hopes it isn't any of those on the far left who have an agenda that evangelicals would consider an abomination.
What the anti-Trump forces are uncomfortable with are the resumes of people who voted for and still support the president. They are not part of the elites. They didn't go to the "right" universities where truth is subjective, if it exists at all. They don't read
I recently spoke about the Galli editorial with a former Democratic member of
What would their position have been had
People have always used such excuses for not pursuing faith, but my friend does have a point. When non-churchgoers (who are increasing in numbers, especially among the young) see people they think should be preaching about another kingdom and another King selectively ignore a leader's moral failings, they justify their unbelief.
On the other hand, anti-
The same choice is likely in November. Such a "preferred" Democrat might be morally upright and even attend church every Sunday.
Apparently, they forget we have already had such a president. His name is
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