Russell Moore: Leading Well Through Election 2016

Russell Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral concerns and public policy entity of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. He is a frequent cultural commentator, an ethicist and theologian by background, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Moore is author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel.

Key Questions:

In the midst of a challenging and divisive election season, how can leaders lead their people well through this time?

Should Christians vote for the lesser of two evils when it comes to picking a political leader?

How should Christian leaders respond when we feel like our religious liberties are being taken away?

Do you feel we’ve lost sight of the priority of prayer in the midst of so much chatter on things like social media?

Are there specific things you’ve been praying for or verses you’ve been thinking about during this election season?

Key Quotes:

“Substituting politics for religion…is a temptation across the political spectrum in American life right now.”

“Any election that doesn’t have Jesus of Nazareth on the ballot is the lesser of two evils.”

“Sometimes what energizes Christians, is we don’t want to be offended. But we don’t have any right to expect not to be offended or not to be ridiculed.”

“We have to be people who are advocating for religious liberty, and not just for ourselves, but for everyone. If all Christians are doing is watching out whenever the religious liberty of Christians is being restricted, then that’s not religious liberty.”

“If I sit down and pray by name for people that disagree with me and maybe are, in my view, mistreating me, it sort of hems me in, I find, with the way that I relate to them.”

“Regardless of what happens in this election cycle and frankly whatever happens to United States of America, the kingdom of God is not dependent on that.”

Mentioned in the Show:

Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel
Dr. Russell Moore Reacts to the Supreme Court’s Decision on Same-Sex Marriage
Russell Moore Calls for Evangelicals to Dump Trump
Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?

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