Russell Moore Questions Christians' Approval of Trump

Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Friday, September 18, 2015
Russell Moore Questions Christians' Approval of Trump

Russell Moore Questions Christians' Approval of Trump

Russell Moore, the head of the Ethics and Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said that he was frustrated with evangelicals who support Donald Trump.


“Most illogical is [Trump’s] support from evangelicals and other social conservatives,” Moore wrote in the New York Times. “To back Mr. Trump, these voters must repudiate everything they believe.” 


Moore wrote in the column that Trump has little humility, low respect for women and a lack of sexual purity.


“We should … ask about [Trump’s] personal character and fitness for office,” Moore writes. “His personal morality is clear, not because of tabloid exposés but because of his own boasts. His attitude toward women is that of a Bronze Age warlord. He tells us in one of his books that he revels in the fact that he gets to sleep with some of the ‘top women in the world.’ He has divorced two wives (so far) for other women.”


According to, polls found that more evangelical Republicans support Trump than any other candidate.


Trump is Presbyterian and says the bible is his favorite book, but in past interviews he has not been able to recall specific Bible verses. He also said he doesn’t need to repent because he is “not making mistakes.”


“Jesus taught his disciples to ‘count the cost’ of following him,” Moore wrote. “We should know, he said, where we’re going and what we’re leaving behind. We should also count the cost of following Donald Trump. 


“To do so would mean that we’ve decided to join the other side of the culture war, that image and celebrity and money and power and social Darwinist ‘winning’ trump the conservation of moral principles and a just society. We ought to listen, to get past the boisterous confidence and the television lights and the waving arms and hear just whose speech we’re applauding.”



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Publication date: September 18, 2015