Just like when Donald Trump ran his first campaign, the New Progressive Evangelical movement launched an anti-conservative “never-Trump” campaign against him. At the heart of the Evangelical anti-Trump movement was Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) head who daily launched invectives at a man who clearly stood against the progressive ideals that Russell Moore stood for.
The daily castigation pouring from the bulging veins of Russell Moore was so bad it finally garnered a response from Donald Trump himself. “Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for,” Trump wrote. “A nasty guy with no heart!” Since then, the Southern Baptist Convention has been thrown into deep division.
The hatred for Donald Trump hasn’t stopped. In the Southern Baptist Convention and other Gospel Coalition types, Trump has been the object of many diatribes from liberal Evangelicals like Thabiti Anyabwile, Jemar Tisby, Dwight McKissic, Tim Keller, Beth Moore, and many others. The cause of division? Marxism. Particularly, Critical Race Theory.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) emerged as an offshoot of Critical Theory, a neo-Marxist philosophy that has its roots in the Frankfurt School and its methods are drawn from Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. CRT teaches that institutional racism exists within every structure of society and that these structures are intrinsically designed in such a manner as to protect and preserve “white supremacy” in our culture. Further, CRT does not rely on factual statistics or objective evidence to support the theory, rather it relies on anecdotal evidence and personal experience.
in June 2019, the Southern Baptist Convention officially adopted Critical Race Theory along with its cousin, intersectionality, as a useful and viable “tool” for Christians to use in examining social constructs in society and even in the Church. Yet, the “tool” isn’t really a tool, it’s a worldview — particularly, an anti-gospel worldview. And this worldview has caused many Evangelicals to embrace progressive ideas, intersectionality, and various other unbiblical endeavors which they tend to label “gospel mandates.” One such “gospel mandate” is the racial reconciliation movement.
The end result of the movement, which has been spearheaded by The Gospel Coalition and the ERLC — practically twin organizations — has been a paradigm shift in Evangelical thinking on politics. It is now “bad” for Christians to be “political.” Except, it’s only bad to be political if you are conservative and hold to conservative ideals.
Here’s an example. Thomas Kidd is an influential author and contributor to The Gospel Coalition and is the Vardaman Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University. He is well-respected in New Calvinist, Southern Baptist, and Gospel Coalition circles. Here is what he recently posted on Twitter.
Now, on the surface, this might sound good. But is it? What you see here is a subversive attempt to turn social and fiscal conservatives away from their convictions. You see, liberals don’t need Christians to vote for a Democrat — they just need them to not show up at the polls at all. Here, you see him pretend like Christians shouldn’t spend so much time engaging in politics while at the same time throwing shade at the supporters of the conservative candidate. Notice, he did not do that for the liberal candidate.
Follow the trails of any Evangelical anti-Trump rhetoric, you’ll see the epicene squadron pretty close behind parroting and throwing in their two cents. Ray Ortlund, an apologist for pretty much anything anti-historical orthopraxy, echos,
Now, let’s see if we can scroll through their Twitter history and see if we can find the same kind of rhetoric launched at the Democrat contenders.
Nope. Nope. And Nope.
Meanwhile, J.D. Greear, the current Southern Baptist president is telling his congregation — and the entire denomination — that we need to be cool with people who support and vote for sodomites, baby-killers, and feminists. Yet, in the same breath, they tell us that it’s wrong to “carry water for Trump.”
You see, it’s okay if you’re political, as long as you’re on the right side. You don’t even have to show it. Because Christianity is a conservative religion, by default, it produces conservative fruit — including politics. Does that mean you have to be “all in for Trump” or some other candidate? No. But to marginalize Trump voters as though they are somehow un-Christian for doing so is asinine and displays a serious lack of biblical knowledge when it comes to politics. But the end game is not to gain Democrat supporters — they already have them. All they simply need to do is convince conservatives that it’s unbiblical to show up at the polls, then all of a sudden, conservatives lose millions of voters.
I invite you to read more on the connection between the Evangelical left and billionaire financers like George Soros. You can read about that at this link.