Christian theologian Wayne Grudem has laid out six arguments why President Donald Trump shouldn't be removed from office after giving 20 reasons why he should stay.
In the wake of (now former) Christianity Today editor Mark Galli's controversial, pre-Christmas op-ed calling for Trump's impeachment, Grudem – a research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary – has refuted that anti-Trump rant on numerous counts. Dr. Grudem, who has taught theology at the graduate level for 42 years, makes his case why today he is "more strongly than ever" a Trump supporter.
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In an op-ed posted at Charisma News, Grudem challenged each of Galli's six reasons for impeaching Trump. Grudem's responses are summarized below:
(1) Did Trump violate the Constitution?
"When I understand [the] background," Grudem writes, "it seems to me reasonable for officials of the U.S. government to investigate whether there was any corrupt dealing connected to Hunter [Biden] receiving more than half a million dollars a year, the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company that was paying him and Joe Biden withholding $1 billion in loan guarantees until that prosecutor was fired."
But what about Trump going after Biden for political gain?
"My response is that I see nothing wrong with the president doing things that will bring him personal political benefit," Grudem argues. "In fact, I expect that every president in the history of the United States has done things that bring him personal political benefit every day of his term."
(2) Was Trump's phone call 'profoundly immoral'?
"It is not immoral to investigate possible corruption – it's what governments should do," the professor responds. He gives a biblical justification and then calls Democrats out for their hypocrisy:
"In the New Testament, Peter writes that government officials are sent 'to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good' (1 Pet. 2:14, ESV). But is it wrong to investigate possible wrongdoing by someone's political opponent? Apparently, the Democrats do not think so, because the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has been investigating President Trump for the entire past year."
(3) What about Trump's association with convicted criminals?
"This is the unjust principle of 'guilt by association,'" Grudem states. "I'm glad that God did not hold Jesus to that same standard (remember Judas, who served as treasurer for the 12 disciples and Jesus – see John 12:6, 13:29) ….
"The Constitution … says that a president shall be 'removed from office' on the basis of impeachment for and conviction of 'treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors' (Art. II, Sec. 4). It does not say, 'or the crimes of those who worked for him.'"
(4) Immoral actions before Trump became president.
"Does Galli still want us to remove him from office because of some vulgar comments and actions back in 2005?" Grudem asks. "The problem with this is that the American people were aware of those things in the 2016 election, and we elected him anyway. Claiming that we should remove him now for those things is simply an attempt to overturn the results of the election."
And unlike former President Bill Clinton, the professor adds, Trump has not committed immoral conduct while in office.
"If we judge President Trump on the basis of his conduct during three years as president, I think there is no basis for claiming that he has engaged in immoral conduct either with women or in business."
(5) Do Trump's tweets show that he is immoral?
"In some cases, I think he has made incorrect claims not because he was intentionally lying, but because he was given misleading information. But do I believe that he intentionally and habitually tells lies? Absolutely not," Grudem argues.
(6) Does Trump have a 'grossly immoral character'?
"I do not think a man of 'grossly immoral character' (as Galli alleges) could produce this many good results. 'For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit' (Luke 6:43-44)."
In an end-of-the-year Townhall column, Grudem listed off 20 accomplishments – summarizing three years of what he describes as "fruit [that] has been overwhelmingly good" – that he argues has made Trump more than worthy of remaining in office. Among those accomplishments are:
- Appointment of two Supreme Court justices and nearly 200 federal judges who are constitutionalists – not judicial activists;
- "Significant" tax cuts that have resulted in "remarkable" growth in jobs and wages;
- Elimination of "wasteful" government regulations, a move that has boosted business and job growth;
- Strengthening of the U.S. military; and
- Moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and in general being a strong friend of Israel.
Grudem isn't alone in his praise of President Trump's accomplishments thus far. Earlier this month, more than 140 conservatives signed a letter from the Conservative Action Project listing 34 specific achievements during his first term.