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Al Sharpton Says Evangelicals Who Support Trump ‘Would Sell Jesus Out’

David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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Rev. Al Sharpton said Monday that evangelical Christians “would sell Jesus out” if they think they can achieve their political objectives through President Donald Trump and his policies.

Sharpton was a guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and was discussing a recent interview with Christianity Today Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli and why many evangelicals were appalled last week when Galli said he supported impeaching Trump.

“The reason they’re so offended is it’s exposing all of them that they would take this shameless con man over the principles that they’re preaching in the holy season as we celebrate Jesus, they would sell Jesus out if they felt they could get something from it is the inference he’s saying from his editorial. And that’s sad on many levels.” (RELATED: Evangelical Leader Says Christianity Today Magazine Should Be Called ‘Christianity Yesterday’)

Galli’s editorial last week, in a magazine that was founded by evangelist Billy Graham, engendered both anger and disbelief with a faith group that solidly supports the Trump presidency. Franklin Graham not only criticized Galli’s opinion but declared that his father had voted for Trump.

Sharpton defended Galli as a man of principle who was not wading into the political arena. “[H]e made it very clear, this is not a political position, it’s a moral one. And by raising it to that level and putting it in that perspective, he not only exposes the president, but he exposes a lot of the evangelical leaders saying I support the president on his judicial nominees. I support the president on a lot of things,” Sharpton insisted, adding that he doesn’t support the president on his judicial nominees or anything else. (RELATED: Pastors Laud Trump’s ‘Guts’ To Defend Religious Freedom In UN Speech — Not ‘Imaginary’ Climate Crisis)

Sharpton suggested supporting Trump reminded him of a Scripture passage where Jesus warns, “What profits a man to gain the world but lose his own soul?”

He also suggested Christian leaders are gaining “some judicial appointments” but “given up the soul of the Church.” He called that “a devastating blow. This is is a magazine that was founded by Billy Graham.”

NEW YORK - JUNE 24: Billy Graham speaks during his Crusade at Flushing Meadows Corona Park June 24, 2005 in the Queens borough of New York. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the site for Graham's sermons on June 24-26, which looks to draw thousands of people from across the country, and will purportedly be the aging Christian televangelist's final crusade. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Billy Graham speaks during his Crusade at Flushing Meadows Corona Park June 24, 2005 in the Queens borough of New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Galli somewhat backtracked on his call for Trump’s impeachment during a Sunday interview where he called it “hyperbole” to suggest the president could be removed from office. He also suggested he was not speaking from a political point of view.

“What I’m really arguing in the piece fundamentally is that the president is unfit for office,” Galli said. “Now, that may be a distinction without a difference, but the point is, and I’m not really speaking politically. I’m not making a political judgment, because that’s not our expertise at Christianity Today. I am making a moral judgment.”