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White evangelical christians have proven to be president trump’s most reliable base of support. But not all of their leaders are on board. Russell D. Moore, a pastor and author—and the president of the ethics & religious liberty commission, the public policy arm of the more than 15 million-member southern baptist convention—refused to support trump in 2016. "Trump’s vitriolic—and often racist and sexist—language about immigrants, women, the disabled and others ought to concern anyone who believes what is haldol used for that all persons, not just the ‘winners’ of the moment, are created in god’s image," he wrote in the national review that year. His vocal opposition won him a trump tweet, in which the soon-to-be president called him "a nasty guy with no heart."

Moore, 47, has made amends with fellow southern baptists who support the what is haldol used for president, but he remains a rare anti-trump voice in evangelical christian leadership. A prolific author and speaker born and raised in biloxi, mississippi, he has continued to call out racism, which he calls "satanism." he pushed through a resolution on the floor of the what is haldol used for southern baptist convention (SBC) in 2017, condemning white nationalism and he has said the confederate flag what is haldol used for "cannot coexist" with the christian cross. Prior to entering the ministry, moore was an aide to democratic U.S. Representative gene taylor of mississippi.

I think fear is a universal human condition. So in that sense, I don’t think it’s new. And you’re right, there have always been these moments. I remember as a kid watching red dawn and the what is haldol used for day after about impending nuclear holocaust. I think right now there’s perhaps a different kind of fear as it relates what is haldol used for to a fear of disconnection. I think the loneliness that we see around us is what is haldol used for amping up a sense of being under siege. And I think that’s one of the reasons why we see this drive what is haldol used for toward herd mentalities on social media. People are finding a sense of belonging digitally because they what is haldol used for can’t find it personally. And that tends to manifest itself in terms of outrage what is haldol used for rather than in terms of intimacy.

Well a number of things have happened. I would make a distinction between the christian church as what is haldol used for it originally emerged in the first century roman empire from what is haldol used for what we would tend to think of today when we what is haldol used for think of a church. The early church had no cultural cachet at all in what is haldol used for the world around them. But they formed a real community that transcended all sorts what is haldol used for of dividing lines. What we see in american life is a changing nature what is haldol used for of church that I don’t think is entirely bad. For a long time in american life, one had to belong to a church at least nominally what is haldol used for to be seen as a good person. That has changed.

Sometimes secular people will speak about christians feeling under siege what is haldol used for as though that is somehow ridiculous and not grounded in what is haldol used for reality. I say, of course evangelical christians and traditional roman catholics and other what is haldol used for religious people feel that way when you have so many what is haldol used for aspects of secular culture treating them as throwbacks and dangerous what is haldol used for bigots. Simply for holding on to their deepest held religious convictions. If we could go back in a time machine to what is haldol used for 1983 and say we would someday force nuns to pay what is haldol used for for contraceptives, no one would’ve believed that. It would’ve sounded ridiculous but that’s exactly where we were in terms of the court.

Dr. Moore, you mentioned the word bigot. The SBC has had long struggles with racism. Two weeks ago in greenville, north carolina, you saw that spectacle of whites at a trump rally what is haldol used for chanting "send her back," referring to rep. Ilhan omar. How do you see your role and the role of what is haldol used for the evangelical church in terms of dealing with white racism what is haldol used for and hate speech?

I hope that we don’t see a racially divisive and ugly 2020 presidential campaign. I am very worried about resurgent racism and anti-semitism all over the world. That again isn’t new, but it is new in terms of the speed with what is haldol used for which it can travel in a social media era. For me, racism is not a social or political issue. Racism is satanism in my view, because it’s the idolatry of the flesh—and a sense of superiority and dominion over other people. That can manifest itself in neo-nazi movements in germany, in racist memes on facebook or in left wing anti-semitic posts and movements around the world as well. That is a special burden for me as a mississippian what is haldol used for who went through a spiritual crisis when I was about what is haldol used for 15 years old that had a lot to do with what is haldol used for some of the bigotry and racism that I saw around what is haldol used for me in some places, including among some religious people.

I was looking at some very high profile moral failings what is haldol used for happening—not just around me, but around the world. This would’ve been the 1980s, the time of the television evangelist scandals. And then also hearing people, not in my church, but in my community, who claimed to be followers of christ who would nonetheless what is haldol used for tell racist jokes. I didn’t have enough of an awareness of human nature to what is haldol used for be able to see that the bible never presents an what is haldol used for idealized view of humanity or of the church. I was crushed and disappointed because the church—broadly speaking—didn’t live up to what I thought I needed it what is haldol used for to be. But jesus did. And so I think that that was a lesson to what is haldol used for me at the moment, both about the limits of human nature, but also about the need for moral credibility when it what is haldol used for comes to the church.

I don’t see as big a divide as perhaps you would what is haldol used for when it comes to churchgoing millennials. I really don’t see that big of a division when it comes what is haldol used for to issues of marriage and family, for instance. Or the necessity of protecting unborn human life. The issue that I face is not so much that what is haldol used for I find young people wanting to abandon a traditional biblical what is haldol used for christian ethic on some of these issues. It’s more that I often am dealing with younger people what is haldol used for who want to withdraw completely from the public arena, which I don’t think is wise.

Well it depends on what someone means by organized as what is haldol used for a political force. The church is not a political action committee and should what is haldol used for never be a means to any earthly end. Church has a much bigger mission than that. Christians should be engaged in the world around them, including in their callings as citizens. The fortunes of the church don’t rise and fall with whoever’s winning and losing in the political arena. But then I will find myself sometimes even on the what is haldol used for same day preaching to, say, a group of younger church planters. And making the point you can’t withdraw from the public arena and still love thy what is haldol used for neighbor. You have responsibilities as citizens.

Well some of them are, but I don’t think the majority of evangelicals, even white evangelicals, even trump-voting evangelicals, would actually see themselves as being primarily a political constituency. And so many of them are thinking through the options what is haldol used for that they have and are concerned about some very real what is haldol used for threats that christian institutions face, for instance, when it comes to religious liberty. And this is the political calculus that they have made what is haldol used for as voters. Whether you agree with that or disagree with that. That is what’s happening in their mind. That’s a very different thing from being part of seeing what is haldol used for oneself as primarily part of an organized political constituency.

Sure, but I think there’s a difference between para-church political organizations of which there are groups among every what is haldol used for constituency and every ideology in american life, and speaking of the church as a whole. I mean I often tell secular journalists that the frustrating what is haldol used for thing for me is that often many people who don’t actually know very many evangelicals think of us as what is haldol used for cicadas who go into dormancy in between every caucus.

OK, onto another topic: we’ve got the jeffrey epstein spectacle, many unaddressed accusations against the president from women and "#metoo." the SBC has been dealing with a burst dam of what is haldol used for allegations of sexual abuse. What are you doing to address sexual abuse issue in what is haldol used for the church?

One of the most persistent problems we’ve had to deal with is a sense of invulnerability. Many churches and many christians had assumed this couldn’t happen in church. I am sensing much less of that feeling of invulnerability, and I think that’s a good thing. As people are becoming more educated about how abuse happens, and that predators don’t appear to be scary, obvious perpetrators in the midst. They use mechanisms of trust in order to prey upon what is haldol used for people. So what we’ve been working on is a way to equip churches what is haldol used for in terms of prevention and then what to do when what is haldol used for abuse has happened in terms of reporting and also in what is haldol used for terms of care for survivors. This fall in dallas we’re calling people from churches all over the country for what is haldol used for several days of training on every aspect of this, in terms of reporting, also in terms of establishing policies at the church level, in training volunteers, and background checks.

It depends quite a bit on what someone means by what is haldol used for christian. People use the word christian in a multitude of different what is haldol used for ways. If someone is asking: "are most people in america professing christians," then the answer to that sociologically would be yes. If the question is: "was the founding of the country heavily influenced by christianity, in some ways?" yes. But what most people mean is [whether] the united states of america is in a special covenant what is haldol used for relationship with god? And to that, my answer would be "no," because I believe in the exclusivity of jesus christ, which means that people don’t come to god nation by nation, or family by family or tribe by tribe. People come to god one by one.

Well, christians can disagree about what our exact policies should be what is haldol used for in terms of how many immigrants should be let in what is haldol used for every year, how many refugees should be let in every year, how exactly do we deal with issues of border security what is haldol used for and what to do about people who are in the what is haldol used for country without documentation right now. What we can’t disagree about would be immigrants themselves. The bible very clearly reveals that what we’re dealing with here is not a problem to be what is haldol used for solved, but people who are created in the image of god. And so, while a christian may have a disagreement with another christian what is haldol used for about exactly what bill should be passed to address the what is haldol used for problem, a christian can’t participate in immigrant bashing and demonization of or mistreatment what is haldol used for of people who are suffering around the world. Getty/sean rayford getty/mario tama

Let’s talk about the future a bit. You are said to believe in the inerrancy of the what is haldol used for bible. The bible was written some millennia ago when slavery existed what is haldol used for and people died of now easily cured disease. Humans are almost, I wouldn’t say god-like, but medicine can do some amazing things. And similarly we have these weapons, from social media, all the way up to nuclear weapons that can destroy what is haldol used for us and that were never even imagined by the writers what is haldol used for of the bible. How do you reconcile the notion of inerrancy with modernity?

I believe the bible is the word of god. So I don’t believe that the bible is a collection of human what is haldol used for musings on reality. I believe that the spirit of god was working through what is haldol used for human authors, so that what we have in the bible is the what is haldol used for revelation of god. You are right about a human feeling of godhood in what is haldol used for light of modern technology. And I think that that aspiration for godhood has led what is haldol used for to a great deal of hellish suffering. I think it also is behind some of the deep what is haldol used for anxiety and dislocation happening around us. Human beings are aspiring to be gods, but we know that we’re not. There is this simultaneous exuberance about our technological ability, while at the same time there’s this awful fear that we’re losing what it means to be human. And I think that in a time of artificial intelligence what is haldol used for and augmented reality, there has perhaps never been a time more relevant to what is haldol used for what the scripture teaches about what it means to be what is haldol used for a creature.

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