Russell Moore’s official title is President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
of the Southern Baptist Convention, but he seems to view himself as the Pope and Grand Inquisitor of all Evangelicals. Moore has been campaigning against the heresy of Trumpism
for some time, claiming in the New York Times back in September
that “to back Mr. Trump, these [evangelical] voters must repudiate everything they believe.” As an evangelical Christian
myself, and a local church deacon, I strongly disagree. I believe Moore’s attitude is arrogant, hypocritical
—and, ultimately, blasphemous.
Moore just hurled another NYT anathema
against Trump’s evangelical supporters [A White Church No More,
May 6, 2016]. It got him on “Face the Nation” (May 8), where he said evangelicals shouldn’t vote for Trump or Hillary. (So….?) The next day Donald Trump tweeted that
“Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!”
And one prominent Southern Baptist, Robert Jeffress, not a denominational bureaucrat but pastor of First Dallas Baptist
, a 12,000 member megachurch, defended Trump [Russell Moore Provoked Donald Trump Into Attacking Him, Robert Jeffress Says
Marisa Lengor Kwaning, Christian Post
, May 11, 2016.
article is a real piece of work: mean-spirited, incoherent, full of double standards, haughty and self-righteous, and anti-white.
It’s not very heavy on Scripture and Christian doctrine,
but it is heavy on the condemnation of white evangelicals, who he orders to celebrate their demographic dispossession as a Christian virtue or be condemned.
Note too where it’s published – The New York Times
. I don’t see Russell Moore publishing New York Times
op-eds defending traditional Christian morality. For example, a more recent (and OK
) Moore article, What the Transgender Bathroom Debate Means For You
, is published only on his own website. That might upset his MSM buddies.
Moore begins with an anecdote about “a Southern Baptist church in suburban Birmingham
” which he claims (it might be helpful to hear their side of the story) failed to condemn violence against blacks in the Civil Rights era,
Later the neighborhood changed from white to black, the church couldn’t get black people to join it, and dwindled away.
After thus wrapping himself in the mantle of the Civil Rights movement, Moore pontificates that Trump’s “campaign is forcing American Christians to grapple with some scary realities that will have implications for years to come.”
Let’s take it point by point:
- "This election has cast light on the darkness of pent-up nativism and bigotry all over the country."
Moore is short on concrete examples. But knowing he is an Amnesty fanatic, I would guess that simply being against Amnesty would be “nativism
- "There are not-so-coded messages denouncing African-Americans and immigrants; concern about racial justice and national unity is ridiculed as “political correctness.”
Of course, here Moore is sending some “not-so-coded messages” himself. His linking “African-Americans and immigrants
” is intentional. Though the two groups are totally different, he tries to use the historical sympathy relating to the former to condemn those who question the current status of the latter.
As for national unity, if any campaign has appealed to Americans as Americans, it would be the Trump campaign. Today’s multiculturalism and mass immigration, not the Trump campaign, are destroying national unity.
- "Religious minorities are scapegoated for the sins of others, with basic religious freedoms for them called into question."
I don’t really see how “basic religious freedoms” of U.S. citizen Muslims are being questioned. If he’s talking about non-citizen prospective immigrants
, Americans have every right to allow or deny entrance to any foreigner on any grounds whatsoever.
- "Many of those who have criticized Mr. Trump’s vision for America have faced threats and intimidation from the “alt-right” of white supremacists and nativists who hide behind avatars on social media." [Link in original]
Well, I’d have to see Moore’s examples of “threats and intimidation”— nowadays just disagreeing with somebody can land you in trouble. But has Moore condemned threats and actual violence
against Trump supporters
—in Chicago, California
, etc.? Would his New York Times
buddies let him?
Moore also brings up the tweeting of “racially charged comments”
of “a major presidential candidate”,
though he didn’t include the comments he was referring to. (See why VDARE.COM’s hyperlinks are so useful?
Then Moore gets to the real heart of the article, self-righteous gloating over America’s demographic transformation as reflected in the church
- "When many secular Americans think of evangelicals, they think of old, white precinct captains in Iowa or old, white television evangelists and their media empires."
This sounds like the typical MSM
activists ridiculing “old white people
” in a way that would be called “racist” if reversed. What does Moore have against “old white people”?
- "But that’s not what evangelical Christianity is. Evangelical Christianity is committed to conserving the orthodoxy of the church, is rooted in the authority of the Bible over every competing authority and has a zeal to see people come to Christ by being “born again” through faith in him."
That is indeed a basic definition of evangelicalism, but it would be valid in any culture. Why bring race and ethnicity into it?
Well, because for Moore, that’s the important thing. He goes on at length explaining that there are many non-white, non-Anglo evangelicals, which is of course true, but irrelevant
- "The center of gravity for both orthodoxy and evangelism is not among Anglo suburban evangelicals but among African Anglicans and Asian Calvinists and Latin American Pentecostals. The vital core of American evangelicalism today can be found in churches that are multiethnic and increasingly dominated by immigrant communities."
Has Russell Moore just written off traditional white evangelicals?
- "The thriving churches of American Christianity are multigenerational, theologically robust, ethnically diverse and connected to the global church. If Jesus is alive — and I believe that he is — he will keep his promise and build his church. But he never promises to do that solely with white, suburban institutional evangelicalism."
I don’t know any white evangelicals who think Jesus only works with “white, suburban” churches. In fact, white evangelical churches tend to be very involved with cross-cultural church work, and generous in their giving to charity and mission work. I know that my local congregation is.
But that’s not enough for Russell Moore. Demographic transformation in both the society at large and the church must be celebrated as a Christian virtue.
Moore takes it even further, presuming to speak for God in condemning white American Christians who don’t support his political agenda of multiculturalism and demographic transformation:
- "The question is whether evangelicals will be on the right side of Jesus. That will mean standing up for the church’s future leaders, and for our mission, especially when they are politically powerless."
So Moore is calling on evangelicals to accept a political agenda of support for Amnesty, mass migration and the demographic transformation of the United States. Where is that in the Bible?
- "American Christianity faces a test of whether we will identify as Christians first."
Of course, believers in Christ identify as Christians first. But that applies to all believers in Christ—not just white American Christians.
Can we expect a future Russell Moore article exhorting black Christian Americans
to identify as Christians first
and “Civil Rights” activists second?
Will Moore tell Hispanic activists to identify as Christians first, and not as La Raza activists first?
Why is the “Christians first” advice only applied to traditional white conservative Christians?
Then Moore cites the Bible:
That’s from Galatians 6:2. In context, it has nothing to do with government-imposed multiculturalism. But Russell lays it on ole Whitey some more:
- "White American Christians who respond to cultural tumult with nostalgia fail to do this. They are blinding themselves to the injustices faced by their black and brown brothers and sisters in the supposedly idyllic Mayberry of white Christian America. That world was murder, sometimes literally, for minority evangelicals."
By “nostalgia” I assume Moore is referring to positive memories about how America used to be. Moore wants you to feel guilty about that.
And he slams on “Mayberry
” as a symbol of a quiet, peaceful Southern town. That’s something else to feel guilty about too.
(Russell Moore is a Southerner himself. I’ve noticed that when Southerners go PC, they really go PC. It’s as if they think they have something to prove.)
Moore closes out with this atrocious logic:
- "A vast majority of Christians, on earth and in heaven, are not white and have never spoken English."
Well, duh. What’s Moore’s point here?
- "A white American Christian who disregards nativist language is in for a shock. The man on the throne in heaven is a dark-skinned, Aramaic-speaking “foreigner” who is probably not all that impressed by chants of “Make America great again.”
Just take that, you white Christian Trump-supporter. Moore wants you to believe that a “dark-skinned” Jesus is going to punish you for voting for Trump.
Bunk. In the first place, for what it’s worth, Moore can’t even prove that Jesus Christ was “dark-skinned”. The New Testament never describes his complexion. Middle Eastern peoples show a wide variety of skin complexions,
some are no darker than a typical white European. So Moore shouldn’t get dogmatic about it.
But here’s what’s really offensive from a Christian point of view: Moore is saying that, on Judgment Day, Jesus Christ is going to condemn white Christians who voted for Trump back in 2016. And why? Because, Moore tells us, Jesus is “dark-skinned”.
Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, the Savior of mankind, the Second Person of the Trinity.
But for Moore, Jesus is reduced to a racial activist who judges us on a 21st
-century Cultural Marxist political agenda
Sorry Brother Russell, but that idea is just blasphemous.
Despite his talk about being a “Christian First”, Moore has no problem being part of an organization, the so-called Evangelical Immigration Table, receiving money from global atheist (and light-skinned Jew) George Soros—part of a AstroTurf
group VDARE.com calls “Soros Evangelicals
When Moore gloats over “White Church No More,” he’s really gloating over the end of the historic American nation. That’s a political agenda not a Christian agenda – and it’s not part of the gospel.
Patriotic American Christians should not be deceived by Russell Moore and his Soros-funded agenda.
They shouldn’t allow globalist evangelicals to make them feel guilty. They shouldn’t let Russell Moore tell them for whom they should or shouldn’t vote. And they shouldn’t let Moore condemn them for standing up for their country.
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