It is funny that there seems now to be an inconsistency within the Evangelical community. If we were to poll most Evangelical leaders, especially of the Southern Baptist brand, what we will find is this seeming indifference to law and Scripture. We cannot have the Bible inform our government.
Most likely, there will be reference made to not making unbelievers act like Christians, or the classic: “You would not want Muslims telling you how to live would you?” But throw out a political race and you would think that the GOP candidate was the Second Coming.
Now, we have Russell Moore coming into the sights of likely GOP nominee Donald Trump. And this has revealed the riff in the Evangelical community that has been widening over the past several months.
Donald Trump escalated his fight with Washington’s evangelical leaders on Monday by attacking the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm. “Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!” Trump tweeted.
And this has brought many to the leader’s defense. But I wonder if they know that Trump did not start this fight: Moore did. It seems that many forget what Moore has had to say about the dilemma that many face this campaign season.
Think Progress quotes Moore on Face the Nation Sunday:
“What we have in the Donald Trump phenomenon as well as in the Hillary Clinton phenomenon is an embrace of the very kind of moral and cultural decadence that conservatives have been saying for a long time is the problem,” Moore said. “[I disagree with] conservatives who were saying in the previous Clinton era that character matters, and rightly so, who now are not willing to say anything when we have this sort of reality television moral sewage coming through all over our culture.”
Wow! No wonder the Trumpster was so angry. I am not the least bit surprised. Moral garbage? Way to tell it like it is, pastor. That should win him to Christ.
This is an even more astonishing statement and stance, considering I have heard no public repentance from Moore with his stand in 2012.
Forbes reported, on October 29, 2012:
Russell D. Moore, dean of theology at Southern Seminary, suggests too
many Christians treat the president as a “religious mascot.” A vote for Romney doesn’t endorse Mormonism. Moreover, should Washington never hear from those pronouncing a godly vision the people will surely perish.
So it is okay to vote for a Mormon but not a bad Christian? That does not seem right. But I have not reached the status of Moore, so what do I know?
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