(RNS) — An ad operating in The Washington Post and different retailers Friday (Oct. 30) thanked quite a few outstanding evangelical Christian leaders and organizations for “standing up in this dark time.”
But not less than one of many evangelicals named within the ad and on the web site Christians Against Trumpism & Political Extremism doesn’t seem to understand the gesture.
“Thousands of Christian leaders and institutions have stood firm on the foundational truths of our faith, against the disheartening embrace of Trumpism,” each the ad and the web site learn.
“When the history books are written about this era, the principled, committed and courageous leaders who refused to compromise will be remembered, and we are deeply grateful for your stand.”
The newspaper ad is signed by Christians Against Trumpism & Political Extremism founders John Kingston, a lawyer and political operative who ran as a Republican candidate in 2018 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Elizabeth Warren, and Joel Searby, a political guide who managed Evan McMullin’s 2016 presidential marketing campaign.
Both the ad and web site then thank “the organizations and individuals who have stood up in this dark time.”
They listing organizations Not Our Faith, Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden and Vote Common Good.
They additionally listing quite a few outstanding evangelicals, together with Mark Galli, the previous editor of Christianity Today accountable for the flagship evangelical journal’s editorial arguing President Donald Trump must be faraway from workplace; Lisa Sharon Harper, who organized the current Ally Tour; Napp Nazworth, the previous politics editor of the Christian Post, who resigned over a pro-Trump editorial on the web site; and widespread pastor John Piper, who lately penned a weblog put up that by no means named Trump however expressed the significance of a frontrunner’s persona in addition to his or her insurance policies.
The listing brought about some confusion over whether or not these organizations and people had signed on to an announcement on Christians Against Trumpism & Political Extremism’s web site, which decries “the ways in which the actions of our political leaders embolden speech and behavior antithetical to the gospel – among Christian supporters and the citizenry at-large.”
“I did not sign and would not sign ‘Christians Against Trumpism & Political Extremism,’” Piper clarified on Twitter, linking to the web site.
“My name is being used without my permission. I do not endorse any of the organizations listed here.”
The confusion appeared to return, partially, as a result of the web site included a type the place readers can sign up assist of the assertion, including their very own title to the listing featured beneath these outstanding figures.
Christians Against Trumpism & Political Extremism, which identifies itself as a marketing campaign of Stand Up Republic, responded to Piper from its Twitter account.
“We only wished to graciously thank any & all who have spoken truth,” it tweeted.
“Our statement says, ‘Thank you to the organizations and individuals who have stood up in this dark time.’ You are one of those voices – and we are grateful – and of course accept your clarification.”
Emily McFarlan Miller – religionnews.com