Good news and the Southern Baptist Convention usually don’t go together, but it is worth sharing the good news that Russell Moore, the most famous cuckservative evangelical in America, is out at ERLC and is headed to a significantly smaller platform at Christianity Today.
“Prominent Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore, who blasted former president Donald Trump and his evangelical fans, announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention where he has been the president of its policy arm since 2013.
Moore’s departure from the convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) follows other high-profile exits from the denomination, including popular Bible teacher Beth Moore (no relation) and Black pastors. Some evangelicals are wondering what their departures signal about the direction of the convention, which has included louder voices on the far right in recent years.
Russell Moore will be joining the staff of Christianity Today, the evangelical magazine founded by the late evangelist Billy Graham, where he will write content and help launch a “Public Theology Project,” hosting events and gatherings about theology. …”
Christianity Today last appeared on my radar screen when it published an editorial that endorsed Trump’s impeachment. It crystallized the divide between elite evangelicals who are Never Trump and ordinary evangelicals who are Trump super fans.
Rod Dreher who is no fan of Donald Trump called these people the Wine Cave Evangelicals at the time. They are upper class evangelicals who want to be seen as politically correct. It seems about right.
“Readers of this blog who are not part of Evangelicalism should not overinterpret this editorial. CT has for some time now stopped addressing the mainstream of the movement (which has moved right), and instead remains the magazine for what you might call Wine Cave Evangelicals. …”
The editor-in-chief of the rag put it this way:
“We speak for moderate, center-right, and center-left evangelicals. The far right—they don’t read us. They don’t care what we think. They think we’ve been coopted by liberalism. So, I understand that we do not represent the entire movement. And anyone who thinks that CT does, that’s just not the case. …”
In other words, they speak for the wealthy suburban David French wing of evangelicalism, which is a significantly smaller group than the Trumpist wing.