Russell Moore is no stranger to leftist political games. Russell Moore is a pro-life Democrat who holds to nearly every liberal political position there is — to some varying degree or another — with the exception of abortion. Let me say, I’m glad he hates abortion, as any professing Christian should. But Russell Moore likes to play the moderate mediator good guy game, making his position appear more tenable to the masses.
Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, likes to create problems so he can solve them. He has essentially single-handedly divided the entire spectrum of Southern Baptists along racial lines through his manufactured “racism crisis” where his solution is a man-centered fix he calls “racial reconciliation.” He has relentlessly painted white, conservative males as racist bigots who’ve perpetuated systemic racism in our society and the Church.
No Christian in their right mind would deny that racism is a real thing — on every side of the ethnic spectrum. But the kind of division that has been caused by Moore’s attack against conservatism is something the Church has not seen before. Essentially, Moore’s premise is that white males have created what he calls a “white church” that is hostile to minorities, especially blacks, and has called for a revolution against this “systemic injustice.”
What Moore’s agenda has resulted in has been anything but reconciliation. We now have major figureheads of this movement — like Thabiti Anyabwile — calling for monetary reparations to be paid from whites to blacks while implementing essentially a systemic affirmative action plan to artificially create more diversity in the Church. Matt Chandler, for example, also said that given the chance, he’d hire a much less qualified black man to be on staff as opposed to a more qualified white man simply because of the color of his skin. This is, undeniably, the soft bigotry of lowered expectations.
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While conservative, Biblically astute Christians — which, unfortunately, aren’t very many any more — can see right through the smoke and mirrors of Moore’s words and actions, Moore continues to paint the right as “bigoted” in an effort to move more people to his side. Creating a false dichotomy, calling it the “idolatry of power,” he essentially claims that conservatives are pro-life but racist, and liberals are pro-choice but non-racist and he wantsyou to join him in the “middle.”
Of course, it is an outright lie to claim that conservatives don’t care about racial injustice. Simply because we don’t buy into the Communist Manifesto of “racial reconciliation” the way that Moore and his ilk present it does not mean we don’t see the evil in racism. The difference is, however, that we see all forms of racism as evil — not the popular Marxist lie that racism can only exist in the majority against the minority, and that by the simple virtue of “being white,” white people have perpetuated a racist system that oppresses blacks.
Even if systemic racism in society did exist to the degree that Moore insists — and systemic racism does exist to some degree in some ways, on both sides, that’s not the issue — the New Testament never teaches the idea of corporate ethnic sin and the Bible nowhere teaches multi-generational guilt and reparations. This is a man-centered ideology that does nothing but stir division and cause strife, and what the Bible actually teaches is that the gospel frees us from guilt and frees us from the inability to forgive.