What a great Shakespeare Quote that a cuz-in-law timely mentioned because it makes a great post title and dovetails nicely with this recent post which spoke about evangelical preachers more interested in building net worth than leading people to salvation.
Through time here in South Mississippi I’ve had a chance to meet many people including a few Baptist ministers that are truly gifted individuals. One I know from social media is Dr. Russell Moore from Biloxi, a gentleman that is very well known within the Southern Baptist Convention. What’s important about Dr. Moore in my estimation is that he belongs to a subset that truly strives to live their faith as much as preach it. It’s a trait that I personally hold a great amount of respect for when I see it. Dr. Moore posted this to twitter a few days ago:
The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this.
One of the replies he received was breath taking and absolutely revealing:
Who are you @drmoore ? Have you ever made a payroll? Have you ever built an organization of any type from scratch? What gives you authority to speak on any issue? I’m being serious. You’re nothing but an employee- a bureaucrat.
— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) June 25, 2019
Worth noting here is that Falwell is a legacy Tee Vee preacher that also happens to have mucho man love for Donald Trump. For Falwell politic$ ha$ become hi$ religion that much is clear. Further down the scale but almost as harmful is denial and that too was exhibited:
Thanks, Jack. I’m just saying what the President said tonight, that he is “very concerned“ about the situation. I have no doubt your church is doing outstanding work down there, and I thank God for them!
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) June 25, 2019
Pastor Graham quieted down once he saw it was OK to be concerned. As for me I wondered what was inaccurate about the factual reporting from the border. It isn’t that people living their faith didn’t try hard to help in Texas because they did but Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wouldn’t let them. The Texas Tribune reported yesterday that a Texas GOP Congressman has introduced a law to change that sad fact which I thought was nice because today’s right-wing claims to be the Godly bunch of America’s political partisans, despite rarely acting that way. At least we know there is at least one decent human being in the GOP delegation from Texas. As for Falwell, based on his current trajectory Matthew 18:6 offers a prediction.