Russell Moore Silent on “Deplorable” Image-Bearers

September 15, 2016

By Dr. Rick Patrick, Pastor
First Baptist Church Sylacauga, AL

Whenever anyone speaks harshly to disparage the dignity of human beings created in the image of God, Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has typically taken the initiative to speak out and defend the victims of such verbal abuse. Consider the following examples.

Moore reminded population control advocates on NPR: “In a Christian view of the world, the creation is to be safeguarded by human beings, the image-bearers of God.” Should We Stop Having Children to Save the Earth?

Moore reminded the Planned Parenthood community: “Every human image-bearer is patterned after the Alpha and Omega image of the invisible God.” Planned Parenthood at the Cross

Moore reminded those visiting family members over the holidays: “You can’t evangelize by dishonoring father and mother, or by disrespecting the image-bearers of God.” Family Feuds and Holiday Tensions

Moore reminded racists: “The N-word wasn’t just rude; it was a way for idolatrous white supremacists to rob human beings of their natural dignity as God’s image-bearers. ” Friday Five Interview

Moore reminded us concerning the victims of the Orlando Gay Bar terrorist attack: “At least 50 people—created in the image of God—were slaughtered in cold blood.” Can We Still Weep Together After Orlando?

Moore spoke favorably of a 2014 Southern Baptist Resolution that “recognized transgender people as image-bearers of God.” Transgender Stance Needed, Wise, Moore Says

Given such a track record of consistently upholding the dignity of human beings as “image-bearers of God,” one wonders if Dr. Moore was taking a nap recently when Hillary Clinton stated: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that.” In Context: Hillary Clinton and the Basket of Deplorables

My questions are fairly simple. If Donald Trump had characterized a particular segment of humanity as a “basket of deplorables,” would Russell Moore not have criticized him harshly? Has Moore not already criticized Trump for such outlandish statements in this very Presidential campaign?

Why is it that Moore sees those guilty of sins typically associated with the far left—such as nature worshippers, abortionists, homosexuals and transgenders—in such a sympathetic light, as image-bearers of Christ, while never applying this same standard toward those guilty of sins typically associated with the far right—such as racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes and Islamaphobes?

When the Republican Presidential nominee makes a rude statement concerning certain human beings, Moore pounces like a tiger. But when the Democratic Presidential nominee makes an equally rude statement concerning certain human beings, Moore remains as quiet as a mouse.

Honestly, what conclusions are Southern Baptists expected to draw when Moore persists in treating the Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate so differently?

In this Presidential election, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has demonstrated a clear pattern of bias in favor of the Democratic Presidential nominee and in opposition to the Republican Presidential nominee.

I never thought I would live to see the day.