The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday "Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention says it is time for evangelicals to tone down the rhetoric and pull back from the political fray and culture wars" i.e., compromise with culture. Is this consistent with Scripture?
John said unto Herod the tetrarch, the political leader of his day "It is not lawful for thee to have her." Herod had taken his brother wife. John the Baptist's confrontation of the ruler of "Galilee of the Jews" a client state of Rome had a cost. Herod "laid hold on john, bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife."
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother (Matthew 14:6-11).Has Moore forgotten that the believer is "... the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." (Matthew 5:13)? Yes, it will cost something, being a light on a hill always will.
So disquieting to see the Southern Baptist Convention go gently into the night "like the chaff which the wind driveth away."