Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pope Francis and Russell Moore Both Misunderstood - Southern Baptist and Politics

After following Pope Francis and now the new  Southern Baptist version of the Vatican Secretary of State  that being Russell Moore I think there is some similar media misunderstanding about them.

Mark Silk ( in a piece I will comment more on hopefully in another post ) almost  I think gets both men to a certain degree  in his piece Is the culture war over?

... If Land is hoping for Spitfires to reverse the tide, he knows he’s not got one in his successor Russell Moore, who is urging church leaders to be ”winsome, kind and empathetic.” Winsome is not a word that leaped to mind when Land was in the saddle. Moore’s approach, like Pope Francis’, is geared toward relating to the wide world as a friendly interlocutor. Francis meets with atheist editors. Moore has coffee with pro-gay pastors....

Both men represent a change in tone and tactics perhaps. Moore of course represents a real generational change more than Pope Francis . . Both want to preach the Good News to the sinner , and will find common ground with many.

 However both men are no idiots as to real world politics. So I expect there will be needed spitfire moments. Some of those huge spitfire moments we shall be having with Russell Moore is on the topic of religious liberty which is the Southern Baptist DNA . I suspect we are going to find that those that bemoan the culture war will not see themselves as aggressors when we dealing with several huge religious liberty flashpoints coming up.

Regardless I bring this up because Russell Moore comments on a rather  good article on him but with a rather bad headline. The headline perhaps goes to show the misunderstanding that those just have given a fleeting glance to Moore ( as we have seen with Francis ) have. See his piece Should We Pull Back from Politics?

1 comment:

SJ Reidhead said...

The new pope makes Moore look like an ill educated idiot. The more I read about this man, the more I like him. He gets the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes. He gets what Christ's love is all about. I am becoming a fan of his!

I read part of the Moore interview, where some stupid twit said that the pope needed to get out his Bible and read it, that he didn't know what he was talking about. Lord have mercy! Stupid is as stupid does.

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