Meanwhile, McKissic tweets at conservative SBC leaders, writing: “Surely. @TomBuck @JoshBuice @tomascol, the CBN are going to address this. Surely this is evidence of a drift, that you all like to rail about? The duplicity & double standards witnessed in the SBC are astonishing at times. [Al Mohler] does not have the moral authority 2lead [right-wing] charge. The duplicity/hypocrisy is that [Al Mohler] can share a platform with atheist & practicing homosexuals, while leading the charge that Saddleback can’t remain a part of the SBC while allowing women to serve as associate pastors under male elders/lead pastor. [Women] deserve more respect in SBC.”
Al Mohler: I Won’t ‘Run From’ Christian Nationalism
The conversation about the National Conservatism Conference comes as “Christian nationalism” continues to be a hot topic. More conservative figures seem to be embracing the once-taboo concept. After the January 6, 2021, uprising at the U.S. Capitol, Christian nationalism was considered extreme and dangerous. But now, says sociologist Andrew Whitehead, “It’s, ‘if it makes the left or liberals upset, I’m more than willing to claim it.’”
During a June episode of his “Thinking in Public” podcast, Mohler describes why he’s an ally of the controversial movement. “Even conservatives who once would have identified themselves clearly as nationalists, they’re now running scared from the term,” says Mohler. “And we have the Left routinely speaking of me and of others as Christian Nationalists, as if we’re supposed to be running from that. And you know, I’m not about to run from that. I’m not about to join their One World Order, which frankly has absolutely no roots for the human rights they claim to be preserving.”
On Twitter, author and professor Isaac Sharp writes: “The late 20th c. ‘conservative resurgence’/’fundamentalist takeover’ of the SBC, which placed Al Mohler in one of the most influential seats of power in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, has had profound implications for the current shape of U.S. evangelicalism.”
Church Leaders has reached out to Mohler for comment and will update this article with any response.
GOP Rep. Scolds U.S. Pastors, Christians for Praising Trump
In related news, Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger is sounding a warning about far-right Christians and pastors who’ve become “tribalistic.” While speaking on MSNBC about yesterday’s primary defeat of his colleague, Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, Kinzinger said, “The Republicans have become a cult.”
Both Cheney and Kinzinger, who isn’t running for re-election, voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. They’re the only two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6.