Christian conservative Russell Moore denounced evangelical leaders who support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump despite what he sees as the GOP frontrunner’s lack of Christian values.
Moore, who is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote a column for the Washington Post on Monday where he stopped calling himself an “evangelical” and instead refers to himself as a “gospel Christian” because he believes the word “evangelical” has been “contaminated” with politics.
Moore didn’t mention Trump’s name in the piece, however he alluded to the former reality TV star’s “spewing of profanities in campaign speeches, race-baiting and courting white supremacists, boasting of adulterous affairs, debauching public morality and justice through the casino and pornography industries.”
He also believes that Trump and those who are supporting him do not seem to know much of the Bible.
“Why are many evangelical leaders, including some who pontificate on nearly everything else, scared silent as evangelicalism is associated with everything from authoritarianism and bigotry to violations of religious freedom?”
In a surprising twist, Moore admits “secular progressives” were right in some respects, specifically on contemporary evangelicals who fuse religion and politics to gain status.
“For years, secular progressives have said that evangelical social action in America is not about religious conviction but all about power.”
“They have implied that the goal of the Religious Right is to cynically use the ‘moral’ to get to the ‘majority,’ not the other way around. This year, a group of high-profile old-guard evangelicals has proven these critics right.”