Evangelical Leader Russell Moore Calls for Rejecting Donald Trump and Nativism
Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has garnered large amounts of support from self-identified Evangelical Christian voters in his many primary and caucus victories this year. Mr. Trump has received endorsements from Evangelical leaders such as Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr and Pastor Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas.
Not all Evangelical leaders are embracing the movement or candidacy of Mr. Trump.
Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, unloaded heaps of criticism on Mr. Trump and the movement backing his campaign in a Friday editorial for the New York Times.
Dr. Moore writes,
“This election has cast light on the darkness of pent-up nativism and bigotry all over the country.
There are not-so-coded messages denouncing African-Americans and immigrants; concern about racial justice and national unity is ridiculed as “political correctness.”
Religious minorities are scapegoated for the sins of others, with basic religious freedoms for them called into question.
Many of those who have criticized Mr. Trump’s vision for America have faced threats and intimidation from the “alt-right” of white supremacists and nativists who hide behind avatars on social media.”
Dr. Moore is one of the most vocal critics of Mr. Trump’s positions and contributed to conservative publication National Review back in January for their polemic issue against a Trump Presidency.
Dr. Moore finishes his op-ed with a warning writing,
“This has gospel implications not only for minorities and immigrants but for the so-called silent majority. A vast majority of Christians, on earth and in heaven, are not white and have never spoken English.
A white American Christian who disregards nativist language is in for a shock. The man on the throne in heaven is a dark-skinned, Aramaic-speaking “foreigner” who is probably not all that impressed by chants of “Make America great again.”