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On Trump, Baptist Shepherd Russell Moore Estranged From His Flock

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Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 03:42 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, may not have to suffer deplorables gladly for too much longer.

This week he met with the head of the SBC’s executive committee to discuss his estrangement from the 81 percent of evangelicals who voted for President Trump.

Moore survived the meeting, but I wouldn’t advise asking for money to redecorate his office next year.

To his credit Moore is a staunch defender of marriage, the unborn, and the Bible’s instruction on homosexuality, but his grasp of other culturally relevant theology is spotty at best.

When Moore discusses illegal aliens, race and politics it sounds like The New York Times revised version.

Moore is so out of step on those topics I’m surprised he wasn’t invited to be a speaker at the herd of heretics conference sponsored by the Virginia Baptist General Assembly, details here.

Moore could probably finesse those issues if he wasn’t such a Pharisee concerning Trump.

He was and is a loud, incessant Never Trumper. As former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee observed, he’s "utterly stunned that Russell Moore is being paid by Southern Baptists to insult them."

Moore cast a write-in ballot for president, observing, "If you lose an election you can live to fight another day and move on, but if you lose an election while giving up your very soul then you have really lost it all, and so I think the stakes are really high."

Moore can enable the victory of a candidate who believes the unborn have no rights without getting so much as a smudge on his angelic robes, but voting for Trump means your soul is powering the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in Trump Tower.

Moore is standing up for "moral credibility," but Trump voters are expressing a "doctrinally vacuous resentment over a lost regime of nominal, cultural Christian America."

Surveys showed many religious voters chose Trump because he promised to nominate conservatives to the Supreme Court. Moore has no truck with that. He writes, " . . . they tell us, he will appoint judges and justices who stand up for unborn human life and religious liberty . . . Why Trump would be more faithful to vows to religious political activists than he has been to people named 'Mrs. Trump,' they do not tell us."

Yet after Trump kept that promise by nominating Neil Gorsuch — vindicating the faithful who held their nose and voted for him — Moore is as silent as a church mouse.

Not a single word commending Trump or any effort to make amends.

Moore is equally sanctimonious on the issue that made Trump — illegal aliens.

It’s one thing to disagree on policy, but Moore continually recycles opposition media lies.

Moore supports amnesty, he calls it a "realistic means of providing a way to legal status," overlooking the fact a "one time only" amnesty was granted in 1986 to 3 million illegals and 31 years later 12 million more illegals are in the on-deck circle.

He distorts the Bible to support rewarding a criminal underclass, which always indicates a weak argument. Moore calls Jesus an "illegal immigrant," which simply isn’t true.

He and his family were refugees who temporarily settled in a nearby land until it was safe to go home. To the best of my knowledge Joseph didn’t take advantage of Pharaoh’s earned income tax credit and Mary didn’t demand in–state tuition for Jesus or James.

Doubling down, Moore implies the Israelites were illegals in Egypt, which is false again.

In my Bible, Joseph invites the future Israelites to Egypt because there was famine in their land. Moore also conveniently overlooks the book in The New Testament that applies directly to the illegal controversy, Paul’s Letter to Philemon.

The letter concerns Onesimus; a runaway slave who stole from his master and fled to Rome while Paul was imprisoned there. Paul converted Onesimus and then sent him back to his master Philemon.

Paul fulfilled his personal obligation to Onesimus by introducing him to Christ and his public obligation by following the law.

In contrast Moore talks a lot about grace but has no time for truth.

There isn’t space to cover his views on race, but I can assure you although God recognizes repentance and wipes the slate clean, for Moore electing the first black president doesn’t begin to let white America off the hook.

Russell Moore and the SBC is not a marriage made in heaven.

Currently 100 Baptist churches have stopped giving to protest his leadership, one of them being Prestonwood Baptist of Dallas, which has put its yearly $1 million donation in escrow until the situation is resolved.

It’s hard to avoid concluding Moore would be much happier in a "progressive" organization. I know it would make me happier if he were.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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