An open letter to Religion News Service thanking Christianity Today for their call to remove President Donald Trump from office has been signed by over 70 black church leaders and their allies. The letter supports CT‘s call, which was written by former editor-in-chief Mark Galli and rebukes Christians who took issue with CT over the post.
“While in the editorial … it has been made clear that CT is not a political or partisan publication, we truly appreciate CT taking a stance in such a dire time as this,” the letter read. “You have in all transparency and consistency held our commanders in chief accountable for their amoral shortcomings, and that is very commendable.”
While over 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump in the 2016 election, Trump suffers from abysmal support among Black Protestants, consistently clocking at around a 12 percent approval rating.
The letter referred to what it called a “broken marriage” between Trump-supporting Republicans and a “radical faction of the local church”.
“[W]e cannot afford to sit back quietly and watch our faith be hijacked by those who are thirsty for political power,” the letter said. “If we do, we will quickly develop what is described in the (Old Testament’s) Book of Judges, ‘a generation that knew not the Lord nor the work he has done.'”
The letter also condemned Christians who were upset by CT‘s editorial.
“These pastors and leaders are complicit in their silence as this administration has separated children from their families, characterized African nations as ‘s-hole countries’ and operated in tandem with the Republican Party to fight to deny people access to affordable healthcare,” the letter stated.
“The time is over for a version of Christianity that weakens the GOOD news by preaching to the souls of people while not challenging the oppressive policies that affect the very people that sit in our pews every Sunday morning,” it continued.
The letter closed with Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”