Yesterday we noted an attack from liberals upon E. Ray Moore’s campaign for attorney general of South Carolina. At issue was the candidate’s campaign for Christian schools and Christian homeschooling. Today we need to add to our focus the other side of Moore’s uphill battle in regard to this issue, and this may just be more challenging that sniping liberals: the mainstream right and Republican establishment.
Moore reminded me a few weeks back that he had written the foreword to Steve Deace and Gregg Jackson’s book We Won’t Get Fooled Again: Where the Christian Right Went Wrong and How to Make America Right Again. I received a review copy in the mail with the note, “Read my foreword.”
I did read it, and it is probably the highlight of the whole book. What follows reveals the hard core of Moore’s Christian political philosophy. Hint: if you’re a RINO or an establishment man, or even a leader in the Christian Right, hold on to your credibility with both hands.
Moore cites a WWI general who watched in a single day 60,000 British soldier fall and said, “Nowhere have I seen such lions led by such lambs.” And from this he draws an analogy to the countless brave Christians who have fought the “culture war,” only to be sold out by the Republican establishment. Moore notes,
The lions? The dedicated and hardworking Christian activist of the modern Christian Right and pro-family movements. The lambs? Their so-called leaders.
Despite making up a solid 20 percent of the population, Christians have made little to no impact against the decline of culture during the tenure of the Christian Right. Moore laments,
It is indeed a tragedy that this great potential for good has not been effectively mobilized to reverse the moral, cultural, and political collapse of our nation, an outcome well within Christians’ grasp had they done things differently and been better led.
And how did the leadership (and much of the following as well) fail? Moore cites a lack of theological consistency:
One of the main reasons for this failure is theological, including a refusal to follow long-established biblical principles characteristic of the evangelical movement in other arenas. Sola Scriptura should be followed in the realm of public policy and politics as well as doctrine.
Has this not been the case?
But no, many Christian Right leaders are supremely pragmatic and operate under the lesser-of-two-evils approach when deciding between candidates and issues. . . .
As Paul says in Romans 10:3, it’s a case of “Going about to establish their own righteousness, but have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.”
In short, the so-called “Christian Right” has refused to remain “Christian” when it gets politically “Right.” Moore explains,
It grieves me to say it, but it appears that many of our Christian Right and pro-family leaders have been naïve and vulnerable to the con artistry of the political establishment in Washington, and especially of the Republican Party. The GOP now has a virtual lock on the Christian and pro-family voter, while doing little to further their agenda except dropping rhetorical crumbs from the table from time to time.
He goes on to explain how this is carried out, and how it neutralizes Christian activism with lies in the name of its own values. The following lesson is highly important:
The Republican Party has become a master at fooling Christian leaders into thinking they make a difference and are important players in Washington politics. In turn, our so-called leaders have tried to con the average evangelical Christian voter and contributor with reports of energetic political and lobbying activities, even though these activities do nothing to arrest the moral, cultural, and political rot.
There is only one way to begin reversing this problem, if indeed it can be reversed, and that is hard-core, no-compromise Christian activism, beginning with Christian faith:
We must start with repentance followed by intercessory prayer. Then we must recover a sound Christian worldview and apply it in all areas, in public policy and political activity as well as in ecclesiastical activity. We need a renewed vision of effective Christian action and service at all levels, in the hearts of those who aspire to lead, among pastors, and especially in the Christian people who support them.
A hearty “Amen” to that.