Southern Baptists Embracing Immorality
By de Andréa
October 23, 2013
Russell Moore, the new head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is in a “full-scale retreat” from politics, culture wars and moral issues. This my friend is what got us into this mess in the first place.
In this week’s Wall Street Journal, Neil King, Jr. offers a frankly disturbing profile of Russell Moore. The tone is set by the title of the piece, “Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars.”
Conservative Catholics are already expressing alarm at Pope Francis’s rebuke of the Church for being “obsessed” with such trivial Biblical issues as the sanctity of human life and the sanctity of marriage. If the SBC were also to abandon the field of cultural conflict and morality, as Moore seems determined to do, the two largest organized religious bodies in the United States will have ceded the field and the contest to our adversaries in the battle over societal moral values.
Remember before Obama even took Office he said: “This is no longer a Christian Nation it is now a Muslim Nation. He also said: “I will fundamentally transform America”. Is that what is happening?
The Journal notes that Richard Land, whom Moore has replaced as head of the ERLC, unhesitatingly spoke of a “radical homosexual agenda.” Moore on the other hand, warns conservatives that gays and lesbians are not part of an “evil conspiracy.” Oh no! Homosexuals are not part of it – and it’s not evil – and it’s not a conspiracy…what going on, did this guy suffer a blow to the head or what, come on!
If that were true then it certainly is interesting that Wikipedia lists no less than 72 homosexual activists groups in the United States alone whose mission is to normalize this “infamous crime against nature,” to demand not the same rights as heterosexuals because they already have the same rights, but special rights on the basis of aberrant deviant sexual behavior, (special rights, by the way are unconstitutional) to radically redefine marriage and the family, and to demonize pro-family organizations as “hate groups” for disagreeing with them. In other words because they want special satanic unconstitutional rights, then the rest of us lose our God given unalienable constitutional rights. Is that the way this democracy works? Come on, where is the outrage here?
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) are in fact themselves part of an evil conspiracy to celebrate behavior that according to Romans 1 is “contrary to nature,” consists of “shameless acts” and causes participants to “receive...in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Yet Moore says that marriage shouldn’t be seen as a “‘culture war ‘or a political issue.” When bakers, florists and photographers are being punished by the government, when members of the military are being court-martialed for supporting natural marriage and told that pro-family groups are threats to national security, and when the SPLC hate map is used by a shooter to take a gun into the offices of the Family Research Council, that’s about as cultural and political as it gets my friend.
Someone must stand in the gap and fight for our own God given unalienable First Amendment rights and the rights of these victims, especially their fundamental right to the free exercise of religion.
We cannot and must not surrender when our most deeply cherished values and the Constitution itself are being shredded. This is no time for the sunshine soldier and the summer time patriot. And it is certainly no time to retreat.
According to the Journal, Moore says we must “tone down the rhetoric and pull back from the political fray,” largely because of what he calls the “visceral recoil” to conservative positions on social issues among younger evangelicals. Again I repeat this is what got us into this mess in the first place.
Moore’s Southern Baptist church in this instance seems prepared to follow rather than lead, to go with the flow of the world rather than to lead with flow of God’s word and swim against the current.
Leaders do not follow public opinion; they shape it, especially when the issues are matters of biblical morality. Moore warns that we must not be “co-opted” by the political process. But this seems to be exactly what has happened to him. Even the Journal says he “is responding to this (cultural) drift.” He appears to have been co-opted by the slide of young evangelicals into moral relativism and by the Republican Party elites who want the GOP, in the Journal’s words, “to back off unpopular hot-button cultural issues.”
Moore’s softer, gentler Christianity may give him a place in their inner circle. But it is more important to stand for the right principle than to sit at the right table.
Moore seems to have forgotten that Christ has not called us to be nice but to be good. Nice people never confront evil, but good people do.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke
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Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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