Moore WSJ story stirs Baptists
A story about Russell Moore in the Oct. 21 edition of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) caused some stir among Baptists last week. The story seemed to imply that Moore, president of Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, was telling Baptists to distance themselves from cultural and political involvement at a time when the "salt and light" is most needed.
The headline of the WSJ story read, "Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars." A follow-up story released by Baptist Press on Oct. 25 brought clarification to Moore’s intent. He said the headline was misleading.
"I think that was an inaccurate headline," Moore said, because it did not include the word "against." He said the headline should have said, "Evangelical Leader Preaches Against Pullback..."
"What I’m calling for is not a pullback but a priority," Moore said. "What I’m concerned about is that I see a generation of evangelicals who are disaffected from political engagement. Many of them simply want to walk away from political engagement, which I think would be a terrible error."
Moore added, "We have to, if we love our neighbors, be engaged in the public process; we have to be concerned as citizens; we have to be fighting against injustice, including injustices such as abortion and sex trafficking and pornography and all of those things."
We need to be engaged in this important discussion. Read the story and post your comments at the end of the article. We look forward to reading your comments.
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