Russell Moore and *The New Yorker*

Russell Moore is getting a lot of attention lately.  As the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Church, he has staunchly opposed the candidacy of Donald Trump and, in this recent lecture, suggested that the Religious Right may have come to an end:

Now Moore is the subject of a long-form essay in, of all places, The New Yorker.  Here is a small taste of Kelefa Sanneh’s essay, “The New Evangelical Moral Minority.”

During this election season, Moore has sometimes appeared out of place in his own denomination—a Trump detractor leading a church largely peopled by Trump supporters. But he seemed comfortable in this uncomfortable position, perhaps because he has learned to accept the limits of his ability to change the world, or even to understand it. Moore thinks that the idea of a moral majority is wrong, and was probably wrong when it was created: he suspects that earnest, orthodox Christians have always been outnumbered. Like any believer, he wants his church to grow, but he doesn’t seem particularly threatened by the thought that it might not. He says that Christians in America must learn to think of themselves as a marginal community, struggling to survive in an increasingly hostile secular culture. In such a context, Muslims might seem less like enemies and more like allies in the fight for religious freedom.

This transition might be especially wrenching for Southern Baptists. After centuries of regional dominance, the denomination has been shrinking: last year, the church reported fewer than three hundred thousand baptisms, the lowest number in more than half a century, and a decline of about a third since the peak, in 1972. Moore’s critique of Christian triumphalism seems well suited to this not very triumphant time for his church. His promise is that the Southern Baptists can grow better, even if they are not growing bigger: he would like to be the leader of a moral minority.

Read the entire piece here.

3 thoughts on “Russell Moore and *The New Yorker*

  1. Now we’re being told you can’t confess Christ unless you’re also confessing Donald Trump.

    Source, por favor. If you’re going to go after my comment, please bring the goods.


  2. It’s because of comments like that above that the gospel can’t even be heard any more.

    These folk can’t say “Jesus” without, a few years ago, also saying “Reagan,” or “Bush,” or “victory in Iraq,” or “Sarah Palin,” or “Obama is the Antichrist,” or, now, “Hillary is the devil.”

    If there was a Gold Medal for putting up stumbling blocks, they’d have a dozen.

    Now we’re being told you can’t confess Christ unless you’re also confessing Donald Trump.

    Folks be having some issues.

    Pray for revival.


  3. Russell Moore is getting a lot of attention lately.

    Yes, esp from leftist outfits such as the New Yorker. Just as Pat Buchanan was a fixture at MSNBC, as long as he was criticizing Bush.

    The press often gives glowing reviews of who they call “the SBC’s chief ethicist.” What Southern Baptists need to understand is that Moore isn’t just adding a dose of sugar to our collective Southern Baptist worldview. He’s not just building bridges of understanding by avoiding Land’s habit of firmly inserting a foot in his mouth at every juncture. Southern Baptists need to grasp what the secular media already knows – heck, what the media already is celebrating…Russell Moore is a social liberal.


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