What Russell Moore Should Have Said
He has stood in the gap for orthodoxy and against the heresy of nationalism.
He has opposed racism and tried to bring the issue of sexual abuse into the light.
He is, by my definition, a hero.
If what Moore wrote is true (and I believe it is) he should have named names.
He should have shouted the knaves names from every available rooftop.
“I am trying to say this as clearly as I can to you, brothers and sisters: These are the tactics that have been used to create a culture where countless children have been torn to shreds, where women have been raped and then “broken down.”
Such vile men should be known to all, marked, scorned, and prosecuted if need be.
My guess is that Moore believes the traditional canard that the sheep are too fragile and too stupid to deal with how religious sausage is actually made.
Thus, the devils he is speaking of continue to make sausage out of the sheep.
“At the same time, the other absolutely draining and unrelenting issue has been that of racial reconciliation. My family and I have faced constant threats from white nationalists and white supremacists, including within our convention. Some of them have been involved in neo-Confederate activities going back for years. Some are involved with groups funded by white nationalist nativist organizations. Some of them have just expressed raw racist sentiment, behind closed doors. They want to deflect the issue to arcane discussions that people do not understand, such as “critical race theory.” There is no Southern Baptist that I know, of any ethnicity, who is motivated by any critical theory but by the text of Ephesians and Galatians and Romans, the Gospels themselves, the framework of Revelation chapters four and five.”
Anyone surprised by this isn’t paying attention. The question then becomes one of whether these racists are speaking for themselves or representing their constituents…
In any case, these people must be identified and brought before the church.
If not, then those preachers who oppose this should leave the Southern Baptist Convention and take their congregations with them.
The only power any pastor or group of pastors have is that which the assembly gives then by attending and giving.
Anyone who sets foot in an SBC church until then supports the status quo…that despises women and people of color.
No doubt, there are many great pastors and congregations inside the Southern Baptist Convention.
Now is the time to prove true fidelity to Christ…by cleaning the temple with their name on it.
Anything less is being a traitorous betrayal to the Gospel they claim to love.