Notes from Jan

Truth with Consequences

January 16, 2020

Almost one month ago, Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today wrote, “Trump Should Be Removed from Office,” prompting some of us to shout, then subscribe.   I expect my first copy in “6-8 weeks.”

Some early reporting made it sound like the magazine would lose its shirt, Mark Galli his soul, along with all those who backed him. As for me and my tribe, Christianity Today’s decision to PRINT, sent ripples of hope, and not just to  my generation.

To those who believe Trump’s done more good than harm, consider Galli’s words,

“None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.” Mark Galli challenged all who identify as Christians “to remember who we are and whom we serve.”

In the long run, it’s not about ratings or bottom lines but doing the right thing for the right reasons. Truth has consequences, not all bad.

While talking risky business, I recommend Bryan Stevenson’s film, Just Mercy.

He’s one of my heroes, thanks to my granddaughter, Lily, who urged me several years ago to read, Just Mercy.

In light of decisions made during Trump’s presidency, consider these words from Bryan Stevenson,

“You ultimately judge the civility of society not by how it treats the rich, the powerful, the protected and the highly esteemed, but by how it treats the poor,  the disfavored and the disadvantaged.”  Desmond Tutu calls Bryan Stevenson, “America’s Mandela.”

Monday we’ll celebrate Martin Luther King Day,  today I honor two other men, both Christians, who’ve chosen to pursue Truth with consequences through print or in courtrooms.


As Bryan said, “Somebody has to stand when other people are sitting.  Somebody has to speak when other people are quiet.”

Thank you.




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  • Reply Karen A Knezevic Gold January 16, 2020 at 9:06 pm


  • Reply Jennifer Dickinson January 16, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Wonderful blog! I admire Mark Gallo! What a statement he made- with so much to lose. I wish some Republicans in office would do the same, but I don’t know if that will ever happen. Hoping and praying more people realize the damage he is doing to the moral fiber of our country.
    Happy New Year-
    Love, Niffy

  • Reply Elizabeth Payne January 16, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Yes, Yes, and Yes. I thought I was dreaming when I read a Tweet from George Conaway about CT’s editorial.
    Finally! A prominent Christian organization TOOK A STAND FOR CHRIST!!

  • Reply Susan McMullen January 17, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Preach Sister!

  • Reply Deborah Vigneaux January 17, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I love this! Agree 100 % with everything you said. The movie was wonderful, and I too found it very Christian. It’s so gratifying to have a model like Stevenson, right now especially!

  • Reply Radina Welton January 17, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I will look for the book and the film and continue to STAND with you, sister!

  • Reply patrick mccary January 17, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Jan, Thanks for your clarity of the contrast between Jesus and the president. Pat

  • Reply Joyce Ruppell January 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    It was Hubert Humphrey that originally stated Bryan’s words regarding how a civil society is measured back in the 60’s! How soon we forget without thoughtful reminders.

  • Reply Marcia Lier January 17, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Yup, I sent a donation to Christianity Today!! And I posted this Note on Facebook. Its heartening to hear from someone in your “generation” who isn’t galloping after other white evangelical leaders. Its one thing to hear the chatter from those “young radicals”. Very encouraging to hear from the staid older folk. And we just saw the movie after reading the book. There are still prophets in the land. (And I count you among them)

  • Reply wendy lane January 19, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    It’s just so heart-wrenching to me to see the divisiveness among believers over our president. I just can’t understand how people who love and follow Jesus can be so blind to our president’s glaring moral faults – people I love and admire for so many things they do and stand for … how I pray for them, for our country, for our president. And I thank you, and Mark Galli, for “standing and speaking”.

  • Reply Mary Gage March 5, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    My heart is saddened to read this blog and some of the comments. The President is not a moral man and neither was his opponent in the last election. Scripture tells us so often how God chooses and uses immoral people to fulfill his purpose (even rulers). Is God wrong? Some of the responses sound more political than scriptural. It might be good for us to remember that God is not finished with Donald Trump and he isn’t finished with us either.

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