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A。Mark Galli:特朗普應該下台──《今日基督教》社論(中文翻譯取自 https://www.chinesepen.org/blog/archives/141161

前 言

在眾議院12月18日通過對特朗普總統的兩項彈劾指控后,福音派基督徒的旗幟性刊物《今日基督教》雜志在其網站以Trump Should Be Removed from Office為題發表社論,在美國社會特別是福音派基督徒中間引發極大的震動。譯者征得《今日基督教》發行人授權,將社論譯為中文在《美國華人》公眾號發表,以饗讀者。對于譯文可商榷之處,以英文原文為准。



在我們的創刊文件中,葛培理牧師(Billy Graham,1918-2018,美國現代福音派運動的著名領袖人物──譯者注)申明,《今日基督教》將幫助福音派基督徒,以反映其信仰的方式對新聞進行詮釋。對于唐納德﹒
特朗普的彈劾,是我們這個共和國正在經歷的一個重大事件,對此我們必須做出評論。

CT(即《今日基督教》的縮寫──譯者注)對于社會政治事件的典型處理方式,是不卷入爭論,允許持不同政治信念的基督徒在公眾空間發表自己的見解,鼓勵大家按照自己的信念尋求公義,同時對待政治對手要盡量大度。我們想讓CT處于一個位置,能夠歡迎來自政治光譜不同頻段的基督徒,并提醒每個人,政治并不是我們人生的終極、目的。譬如,我們可以引以為傲的一點是,政治內容沒有充斥我們的主頁。

盡管如此,我們還是時常感到有必要在某些政治事務上表明態度。而在這樣做時,總要按照葛培理牧師鼓勵我們的那樣,既要表明信念,又要秉持愛心。我們愛我們的總統,并為他禱告,就像我們愛政壇兩方的領袖(以及普通公民)并為他們禱告一樣。

有一點我們是同意總統的。那就是從他就任的第一天起,民主黨人就在盡力找他的毛病。因此,他們所做的每一件事都會罩上黨派之爭的疑云。這會使很多人不僅懷疑他們的動機,而且質疑最近聽証會所呈現的事實。特朗普先生也確實沒有真正的機會在眾議院的彈劾聽証會上講述他一方的故事。

但是,有一件事情上,事實是毫不含糊的:美國的總統想利用他的政治權勢,脅迫一位外國領導人去騷擾、抹黑總統的某位政治對手。這一舉動不僅僅是違反了憲法,更重要的是,它是極其不道德的。

很多人之所以對此并不感到吃驚,是因為這位總統在他執政期間,已經將道德標准一再壓低。他雇用然后又開除的不少人,現在已是被定罪的罪犯。他自己也承認在商業活動和與婦女的關系方面的不道德行為,但卻引以為榮。光是他的那些推特發言,習慣性地使用一連串的歪曲、謊言和誹謗,就已是位道德失喪、混亂之人的一個近乎“完美”的范本。特朗普的福音派支持者會舉出他的最高法院大法官提名、對宗教自由的保護、經濟領導力,以及其它方面他們所認為的成就,來為自己對這位總統的支持進行辯解。

我們相信,彈劾聽証會已經以穆勒調查沒有做到的方式,清楚地表明,特朗普總統為了私利濫用職權,背叛了他遵守憲法的誓言。彈劾聽証會將總統的道德缺陷呈現在所有人眼前。這些缺陷損害了總統職位,損害了我們國家的聲譽,損害了我們人民的精神和未來。他的那些正面之舉,并不能抵銷我們在這樣一位道德品格極為惡劣的總統領導之下所要面對的道德與政治危險。

CT對于我們的國家領導人品格的關注并非第一次。在1998年,我們這樣寫道:

“即使事實擺在面前,總統還是不講實話,這一行為對我們國家的社會體系造成一種撕裂。這絕不是件私事。因為從根本上講,社會交往是建立在信任假設之上的:信任你的雜貨店主賣給你的牛奶是健康、純淨的﹔ 信任你存入銀行的錢能夠取得出來﹔信任你的保姆、消防員、神職人員、救護車司機能夠盡他們的全力。盡管政客們素有違背競選許諾的惡名,但在職期間他們有義務捍衛我們對他們的信任,并按法律行事。”

還有這句:

“總統及其周圍的人所進行的不正當交易和不道德行為,使這一屆總統班子無法在道德上起領導作用。”

不幸的是,二十年前我們對克林頓先生的指責几乎可以一字不差地套用到現任總統身上。特朗普先生是應當被參議院解職,還是該在下次選舉中以投票方式選下去,這是需要做出審慎抉擇的一件事。但是我們相信, 最終將他解職,不是出于黨派效忠,而是對那賜下十誡的造物主的忠誠。

對于不顧特朗普先生惡劣的道德記錄,依然支持他的那許多福音派基督徒,我們要這樣說:要記得你是誰,服事的是哪個主。想一下,你為特朗普先生所做的辯解,將怎樣影響你為你的主、你的救主所做的見証。想 一下,如果你為了政治上的便利,繼續忽略特朗普先生的不道德言語、行為,那不信主的世人將如何說。如果我們現在還不改弦更張,在未來的几十年里,對于我們就公義、正義所說的任何話,還會有人當回事嗎? 我們能一方面嚴肅地聲稱墮胎是不可容忍的大惡,另一方面卻又同樣一本正經地說,我們國家領導人那扭曲、敗壞的品格最終并無大礙?

几年來,我們在對于特朗普先生做論斷方面一直比較謹慎。盡管有人對我們的謹慎提出批評,但是當指責他人的行為時,耐心、大度確實是必要的。因此,對于特朗普的支持者,我們會盡力從好的方面去想他們,試圖理解他們的觀點,對于他們就特朗普先生做出的許多政治決定,試圖看到其審慎的本質。但是,借用一句老話,現在是實話實說的時候了。在這場政治扑克游戲中,不論我們已經贏了多少手牌,我們玩的是一摞極不道德、倫理有缺陷的牌。當我們覺得應該把籌碼都推向牌桌中間時,那將是我們輸得一塌糊涂的時候。輸得一塌糊涂的,將是福音派信仰的聲譽,和整個世界對于福音的理解。輸得一塌糊涂的,將是這個國家的男男女女,而他們的福祉也是我們所關心的。

Mark Galli是《今日基督教》雜志總編輯。


作者:Mark Galli
翻譯:吳京寧
編輯:Jing/臨風
原文發表于《今日基督教》網站:https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html


Christianity Today - Editorial - Trump Should Be Removed from Office

It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was.

Mark Galli

December 19, 2019

In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith. The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment.

The typical CT approach is to stay above the fray and allow Christians with different political convictions to make their arguments in the public square, to encourage all to pursue justice according to their convictions and treat their political opposition as charitably as possible. We want CT to be a place that welcomes Christians from across the political spectrum, and reminds everyone that politics is not the end and purpose of our being. We take pride in the fact, for instance, that politics does not dominate our homepage.

That said, we do feel it necessary from time to time to make our own opinions on political matters clear ─ always, as Graham encouraged us, doing so with both conviction and love. We love and pray for our president, as we love and pray for leaders (as well as ordinary citizens) on both sides of the political aisle.

Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had it out for him from day one, and therefore nearly everything they do is under a cloud of partisan suspicion. This has led many to suspect not only motives but facts in these recent impeachment hearings. And, no, Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story in the House hearings on impeachment.

But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.

The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone ─ with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders ─ is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.

Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty, and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president. We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see. This damages the institution of the presidency, damages the reputation of our country, and damages both the spirit and the future of our people. None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.

This concern for the character of our national leader is not new in CT. In 1998, we wrote this:

The President's failure to tell the truth ─ even when cornered ─ rips at the fabric of the nation. This is not a private affair. For above all, social intercourse is built on a presumption of trust: trust that the milk your grocer sells you is wholesome and pure; trust that the money you put in your bank can be taken out of the bank; trust that your babysitter, firefighters, clergy, and ambulance drivers will all do their best. And while politicians are notorious for breaking campaign promises, while in office they have a fundamental obligation to uphold our trust in them and to live by the law.

And this:

Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.

Unfortunately, the words that we applied to Mr. Clinton 20 years ago apply almost perfectly to our current president. Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election ─ that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.

To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come? Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end?

We have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now. Some have criticized us for our reserve. But when it comes to condemning the behavior of another, patient charity must come first. So we have done our best to give evangelical Trump supporters their due, to try to understand their point of view, to see the prudential nature of so many political decisions they have made regarding Mr. Trump. To use an old clich , it’s time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence. And just when we think it’s time to push all our chips to the center of the table, that’s when the whole game will come crashing down. It will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel. And it will come crashing down on a nation of men and women whose welfare is also our concern.

Mark Galli is editor in chief of Christianity Today.


B。基督教雜誌吁罷免特朗普 約兩百福音派領袖致信斥責

周日(22nd Dec 2019),近兩百多名保守派福音教會領袖表態,指責《今日基督教》總編輯加利(Mark Galli)撰寫了反特朗普的社論,而該社論也被描繪成對總統的侮辱。

這177名福音派領袖向《今日基督教》雜志社長戴倫波)(Timothy Dalrymple)的信中寫道:“您的社論冒犯了成千上萬認真對待公民和道德義務信徒的精神完整性和基督教的見証。”

簽署這封抗議信的福音派領袖包括共和黨國會新星巴赫曼(Michele Bachmann),基督徒心理學家、作家杜布森(James Dobson)等,他們自稱是“相信聖經的基督徒”。這些人在《今日基督教》周四發布批評特朗普的社論中,也被稱為是“極右派”福音信徒。

在這些領袖周日寄給《今日基督教》的信中說:“實際上,我們不是作者所描述的'極右派'福音派人士。”

“相反,我們是相信聖經的基督徒和愛國的美國人,我們非常感謝總統尊重我們的建議,因為他的政府制定了保護胎兒,促進宗教自由的先進政策,并確保我們的外交政策與我們的價值觀保持一致,包括通過我們對以色列國的支持,讓我們的世界更加安全”,百余名福音派領袖在信中說。
 


Nearly 200 evangelical leaders slam Christianity Today for questioning their Christian witness

In a letter to Timothy Dalrymple, the president of Christianity Today, nearly 200 evangelical faith leaders condemned both its editorial calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from office and its editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, for dismissing evangelicals who oppose his views on the matter as being “far right.”

On Sunday(22nd Dec 2019), the faith leaders said in the letter, which can be read in full below, that the editorial “offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations.”

 

Dr. Dalrymple,

We write collectively to express our dissatisfaction with the editorial Christianity Today published on Thursday, December 19, 2019 calling for the removal of our duly elected President, who was put into office at the behest of over sixty million voters.

It was astonishing to us that your editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, further offensively dismissed our point of view on CNN by saying, “Christianity Today is not read by the people - Christians on the far right, by evangelicals on the far right - so they’re going to be as dismissive of the magazine as President Trump has shown to be.” It also came to our attention, that Mr. Galli has written other statements about Americans who chose Donald Trump over Secretary Clinton in 2016, referring to them as “These other evangelicals [who] often haven’t finished college, and if they have jobs, and apparently most of them don’t, they are blue-collar jobs or entry level work” as he describes himself with pride as an “elite evangelical.”

Of course, it’s up to your publication to decide whether or not your magazine intends to be a voice of evangelicals like those represented by the signatories below, and it is up to us and those Evangelicals like us to decide if we should subscribe to, advertise in and read your publication online and in print, but historically, we have been your readers.

We are, in fact, not “far-right” evangelicals as characterized by the author.

Rather, we are Bible-believing Christians and patriotic Americans who are simply grateful that our President has sought our advice as his administration has advanced policies that protect the unborn, promote religious freedom, reform our criminal justice system, contribute to strong working families through paid family leave, protect the freedom of conscience, prioritize parental rights, and ensure that our foreign policy aligns with our values while making our world safer, including through our support of the State of Israel. We are not theocrats, and we recognize that our imperfect political system is a reflection of the fallen world within which we live, reliant upon the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is freely given to sinner and saint, alike.

We are proud to be numbered among those in history who, like Jesus, have been pretentiously accused of having too much grace for tax collectors and sinners, and we take deeply our personal responsibility to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's --- our public service.

The editorial you published, without any meaningful and immediate regard for dissenting points of view, not only supported the entirely-partisan, legally-dubious, and politically-motivated impeachment but went even further, calling for Donald Trump not to be elected again in 2020 when he certainly survives impeachment.

As one of our signatories said to the press, “I hope Christianity Today will now tell us who they will support for president among the 2020 Democrat field?”

Your editorial offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations.

It not only targeted our President; it also targeted those of us who support him, and have supported you.

Sincerely,

Lourdes Aguirre
President
United Marketing Solutions

Stephen Alessi
Pastor
Metro Life Church

Chuck Allen
Pastor
Sugar Hill Church

Rev. Rick Amato
Dream Believe Institute
Wellington , FL

and others.....

 

 

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