Evangelical Russell Moore Criticizes Other Conservative Christians For Supporting Sexually Smarmy Donald Trump but Moore Has Attacked Adult Virginity
In the midst of the current election season, we have some conservative Christians who are upset with other conservative Christians for supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The media have been reporting around the clock the last couple of weeks with all sorts of allegations that Trump has groped women and so on. In spite of some of this questionable to clearly sexist behavior, some conservative Christians have spoken up to defend Trump in public, which really angers Russell Moore.
Considering that Moore has criticized adult, Christian virgins in the past (see this post and this post), I find it pretty rich that he wrote an editorial, which was carried by the Washington Post recently, criticizing other Christians for not supporting biblical sexual ethics in light of Donald Trump’s smarmy behavior towards women.
I have additional commentary below this long excerpt:
(Link): If Donald Trump has done anything, he has snuffed out the Religious Right by Russell Moore
…Journalist Mark Halperin (Link): noted this weekend that virtually all of the “reaffirmation of support” for Trump, following the disclosure of his sexually predatory recorded comments, were from religious conservative leaders. This is a scandal and a disgrace, but it should not be a surprise.
…We know nothing new about Donald Trump. He has told us about his view of women, his view of sexuality, his views of marriage and family for more than 30 years. He has gloried in reality television decadence before reality television was even invented, in his boasts to tabloid reporters. He reaffirmed who he is over and over again, even during this campaign — from misogynistic statements to racist invective to crazed conspiracy theorizing.
And yet here stands the old-guard Religious Right establishment. Some are defending or waving this away, with the same old tropes they’ve used throughout this campaign.
…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.
It’s not that I even disagree with much of what Moore wrote in this editorial.
I dislike both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as presidential candidates, and I am aware that both Hillary and Trump have been bad towards women in the past.
However, I find it very hypocritical that Moore now pretends to be so concerned with sexual morality when in the past he chided an adult virgin for being upset that her fiancee was not a virgin.
I will quote Julia Duin on this (source):
- This past spring in Touchstone, a conservative Christian publication, Russell Moore, a Southern Baptist minister who is dean of Southern Seminary’s School of Theology in Louisville, penned “Like, A Virgin?”
- His essay criticized a chaste female who wanted her husband to be a virgin like she is. He hinted she was being unrealistic and judgmental for judging a potential mate on his sexual history rather than his Christian commitment. This hapless woman resisted the spirit of the age and yet, her Christian leader denigrated her values. So much for seeking out a pastor’s advice.
- —end excerpt by Duin—
Moore chides a woman for being a virgin and for wanting to marry another virgin. Moore is not defending the Biblical standard of remaining a virgin until marriage.
So where on earth does Moore get off being a hypocrite and criticizing other conservative Christians for not supporting Biblical sexual morality vis a vis supporting Donald Trump as a political candidate?
And I’d like to remind anyone reading this I do think Trump is a sexist swine – I do not support him or Hillary.
I am annoyed, though, that a guy who is taking other Christians to task for turning their backs on sexual morality to support a political candidate is also lacking in this very same area. Moore is no supporter of biblical sexual morality. Moore is no supporter of grown adult women who are virgins who are rightfully wanting, hoping, or expecting to marry an adult, male virgin.
(Link): Preacher Mark Driscoll Disparages Virgins and Virginity (Again) – The Feelings of Fornicators Always Take Precedence With the Anti-Purity Culture, Anti-Slut- Shaming, and Pro- Cheap Grace Crowd