Russell Moore’s Backlash Over Criticizing Trump & His Followers

Baptist leader Russell Moore is being harshly denounced by many evangelicals for his negative opinions on President-elect Donald Trump. “The religious right, turns out to be the people the religious right warned us about” he said in an October speech.  Moore’s organization, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission could lose funding because of his stand on Trump.

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Why this story matters for church leaders: Making space for political disagreement is vital to congregational health. How does your community handle their political differences?

  • Remember the mission- Church and governmental politics can get in the way of the true mission at hand, is this something that your church struggles with?
  • Forget the perfect candidate– It’s easy to get caught up in politics and forget that the only perfect human on earth was Jesus.
  • Support for the right reasons– Do members of your church pull support from essentials missions because they disagree with you? How do you go about reminding them of the great commission when they get off message?

How have you engaged church or state politics in the past? What has worked and what can you learn from?

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