Russell Moore: My Kind of Baptist

If I were Baptist, Russell Moore is the kind of Baptist I would want to be.

Russell Moore is the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.  He assumed the position in 2012 when previous head Richard Land resigned under pressure due to controversial remarks concerning the Trayvon Martin shooting.  Land, an old-school culture warrior, had held the position since 1988 and had defined it by mobilizing Baptists on behalf of the conservative movement.  Under his watch, evangelicals became a political force to be reckoned with; his crowning achievement was when evangelicals helped elect George W. Bush in 2004.

But Moore has chosen a different path.  Instead of playing the culture warrior and focusing his and his denomination’s ire on political enemies, Moore has called upon Baptists to take a long hard look at themselves.  He calls upon Baptists and evangelicals to recognize the reality that culture is changing, that we as Christians no longer hold a privileged position in culture and in fact cultural hostility toward Christianity is growing, and to adjust our manner of engagement with the outside world accordingly.

You can read a profile of Russell Moore here.