Russell Moore and His Speech

2016/11/03 § Leave a comment

I’m currently mulling over some thoughts on Russell Moore’s recent Erasmus Lecture, reading through some of the commentary on the internet. There is actually little to be sifted through, but there are a handful of ideas that I hope to interact with. I hope to have my thoughts formulated by this weekend.

I leave you with something Moore said in his book Onward:Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel:

Walker Percy rightly pointed out in the midst of the mawkish television evangelist scandals of the 1980s, “Just because Jimmy Swaggart believes in God doesn’t mean that God does not exist.” […] These figures are seen as strange by the culture not for their commitment to gospel supernaturalism or the ethic of the Sermon on the Mount, but because of their outrageous antics.

The church of Jesus Christ ought to be the last people to fall for hucksters and demagogues. After all, the church bears the Spirit of God, who gifts the Body with discernment and wisdom. But too often we do. We receive celebrities simply because they are ‘conservative,’ without asking what they are conserving. If you are angry with the same people we are, you must be one of us. But it would be a tragedy to get the right president, the right Congress, and the wrong Christ. That’s a very bad trade-off.

Timely, yes?


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