Pastors, Political Pansies, and Purchasing Pulpits: #IStandWithMoore

Pastors, Political Pansies, and Purchasing Pulpits: #IStandWithMoore Image

Outside of rare scenarios, I usually keep my focus on politics and not on the Christian Church.  But there has been a collision of the two this election season and we continue to feel the reverb of that many weeks after the election has run its course.

Yet, as I see good men under fire for their uncompromising positions on truth and principle, I can’t help but speak out in defense.

Dr. Russell Moore was a beacon of strength and light this election season, especially to many younger Christian Conservatives who refused to engage in the same kind of moral relativism political games as their parents.  I watched pastors around me drop like flies with only the slightest bit of pressure and others who remained strong until the pressure became too intense towards the end.  They took the lead of many evangelical leaders who posted their pulpits For Sale to the highest bidder and very early on sold their influence for promises of power and large donations.

And like a pack of hungry wolves are now seeking revenge on the very few who refused to cave to the pressures of populism.  Why?  Because small men with weak backbones and wobbly principles feel even smaller next to men of courage.  It emphasizes their instabilities and Scriptural shortcomings.

Dr. Russell Moore is the President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.  His entire role is to address the social, moral and ethical concerns that take place within the SBC.  He was one of the leading evangelical voices among the #NeverTrump groups to stand and courageously declare, as his role demands of him, that Trump was a man who had nothing in common both in morality or policy with the “religious right.”

Trump, in his usual mode of operation of harassing those who don’t fall in line and calling his troops to attack tweeted, “Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!”

He stood boldly, even under a colossal burden to join the ranks of those who fell into line, and wrote:

“These evangelical leaders have said that, for the sake of the “lesser of two evils,” one should stand with someone who not only characterizes sexual decadence and misogyny, brokers in cruelty and nativism, and displays a crazed public and private temperament — but who glories in these things. Some of the very people who warned us about moral relativism and situational ethics now ask us to become moral relativists for the sake of an election. And when some dissent, they are labeled as liberals or accused of moral preening or sitting comfortably on the sidelines. The cynicism and nihilism is horrifying to behold. It is not new, but it is clearer to see than ever.”

Courage. Grit. Audacity.

All attributes that flaccid men like Mike Huckabee, Jerry Falwell Jr, and James Dobson are quite unfamiliar with as they simper at the feet of acceptance.

Mike Huckabee has recently thrown his own daggers at Dr. Moore saying, “I am utterly stunned that Russell Moore is being paid by Southern Baptists to insult them.”  Proving that the SBC truly has the inability to police themselves—simply dismissing those whom they hire to govern over moral issues—when they violate those moral issues.

I stand with Dr. Russell Moore, because he was willing to identify the cancer growing in the Apostate Church.  He shined a light on the fact that pastors can be bought with promises of power and large donations.  That, in the end, the modern day church is becoming rotten and is decaying, not because of the liberal boogey-man, but because of a lack of consistency in morality and a trend of hyper hypocrisy.  He called out those willing to sacrifice their testimonies, their reputations, their integrity for a “win.”

As a Christian Conservative, I am still struggling with the Church.  My list of spiritual leaders and those with whom I would seek godly counsel has dwindled to a flimsy handful.  I know many of you are struggling as well, as I hear from you.

It’s going to take a small army, a remnant of the faithful, to stand behind and support those like Dr. Russell Moore who are on the front lines and have the tenacity and fortitude to go to battle against those who seek to rebrand and redefine our principles under the banner of something shamefully unrecognizable.

And as I’ve noted in the past, my prayer is that we find the endurance to not abandon the church but the strength of will to reform it.  And may we all find the courage as Russell Moore to put our hope and trust in the One who holds our future and not squander it all for the sake of a passing political fad.

* You can follow Brittany Pounders on Facebook and on Twitter at LibertyBritt.

About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

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  • EX-GOPJohnt✓Fᵉᵈᵉʳᵃˡ ᶦˢᵗ

    The witness of the church and consconservat ve movement was damaged greatly this election cycle. Situational ethics and moral relativism were rationalized day after day in cringeworthy ways. You cannot bemoan certain things like character, temperament, morality, and then endorse it in the ting booth.
    I’ve left the GOP and wont be back. I didn’t sign up for Trumpism…it is antithetical to everything I claimed to be.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Thanks…

    …13 Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.

    14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace…

    Ephesians 6

    We truly need to stand firm…even against the leaders of our churches who proclaim the wonders of Trump and some special anointing on him…

    …We need to be aware that these people were spoken of long ago..

    4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

    2 Corinthians 11

    ..And yes…

    …The list of people who my wife and I trust the Word of the Lord on their lips has grow very small indeed…

  • Mac in Texas

    My wife and I visited a very large San Antonio church about 10 days before the November 8th general election and we’re basically shocked that is was really just a trump rally. It was a Sunday evening time slot with Dinesh De’souza as the primary speaker and although much of what he had to say we did welcome but many ravenous trump supporters in audience and they were vocal on occasion with pro trump chants. This is a church we would never visit again and even though I was relieved that HRC was not president I think the rally chants should have been called out!

  • RDJames

    Excellent article! Pastor Moore was very vocal and was echoed in the pulpits/radio broadcasts of Alastair Begg, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler and in my smalltown Indiana church. He was encouraging to those who recognized the incongruity of the supposed “evangelicals” support for Trump. As for your struggle to find good Christian church leaders, listen to Refnet. They offer a diverse range of pastors who are solid. Maybe one of their churches is near you.