It’s one heck of a Christmas present when a man tells his family he has decided to walk away from his job because of editorial differences. Napp Nazworth was an editor for The Christian Post, and he left his position because “they decided to publish an editorial that positions them on Team Trump.”
The fact that two notable Christian magazines have taken opposite sides about our president, dividing evangelical (and other) Christians as if on the edges of a chasm, is just one more red light adding to the troubling warning signs I see in our political society and culture.
Georgia megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin wrote in The Christian Post, “Why I still stand by 45.” It was one of the many responses to the Christianity Today piece arguing for Trump’s removal. Now our magazines, their editors, our pastors, churches, and congregations have been swept up into the maelstrom of President Trump. I won’t go into Franklin’s arguments here, but I have just one question for him: You used the word “still”–what has changed that made you question your stance in the first place?
Here’s what troubles me. Everything we needed to know about Donald J. Trump’s morality was known well before November 8, 2016. Even the Access Hollywood tape was no surprise to those who had even a passing knowledge of who Trump was, and what his values were/are. Trump was not elected because of some coverup, or lack of knowledge, of his character. He wasn’t even elected despite those things (though certainly some held their noses). He was elected because of who he claimed to represent and giving them a voice.
However, that voice is not really what we bargained for, is it? First, the GOP was gutted and filleted. Then Congress was purged of anyone who pointed at Trump and accused. Then the military, who Trump said he respected so much. Then the Justice Department (you know, it’s a Witch Hunt). Then the Intelligence Community (you know, the Deep State).
I’m not saying Trump is purging like Joseph Stalin, but he’s definitely purging. Anyone who is let into Trump’s circle eventually clashes with him, and is removed. He uses his Twitter army, his rallies, and his bully pulpit to beat to a pulp any who oppose him for any reason. Remember National Review’s “Against Trump” issue? Even conservative pundits are purged. Now Christian publications are being purged. Will pulpits be next?
America is not a homogeneous nation, which is a good thing. One day we all might be indebted to sky-screamers, TDS sufferers, and SJWs one day for being the weighted pendulum on an opposite arc, because they are constraining those who would open up chasms in every area of life for which devotion to Trump is required. Don’t get me wrong: I wouldn’t put any of those deranged lunatics in charge of an ant farm; but they may serve a useful purpose should this trend continue.
The trend is troubling, and my warning lights are flashing. If given the ultimatum of Trump worship or leaving a writing side-gig, I’d leave too. In fact, I have. If given the ultimatum of attending a church, or making a living, the decision becomes harder. The SJWs have no problem destroying a person who has done them no personal harm’s livelihood over political disagreement and purity.
The President–any President–should be above that, but this one is not.
He has purged, and is continuing to purge. I think he’ll win another four years. I wonder how much will be purged in his second term?
My warning lights are flashing. Aren’t yours?