We haven’t always been friendly to Christianity Today, and with good reason. They’re the progressive rag known for virtue-twerking and giving a platform to every weird and liberally insidious bent. Never forget that even before they egregiously came swinging against the violence at Capitol Hill on January 6th, laying the responsibility for the mayhem at the feet of the “white American church” and any leaders who voted for and supported the President, they proclaimed that anyone who voted for the GOP was an inherent racist who was committing “politically motivated spiritual violence” against black folk.
They released editorials calling Trump voters “jobless” and “uneducated,” with former Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli explaining that he didn’t even know any Trump Supporters. This was the same guy who was a dedicated Roman Catholic for the last two years of his tenure there, and no one there even cared.
Christianity Today recently brought us such wonderful articles like the new Editor-in-Chief likening any churches being open during COV to engaging in “snake handling” or running an op-ed saying that polyamory provided an “attractive alternative” and that churches should be affirming.
That’s who we’re dealing with here. This is all notwithstanding the fact that just months ago, they were rocked by a major scandal, revealing that ‘sexual harassment went unchecked’ a company for a decade, all the while preening as our moral betters.
Enter Russell Moore.
Last year Russell Moore, then the head of the Ethics and Religious and Liberty Commission (ERLC), took a personal hit when he was torched by the SBC’s Executive Committee for the way he runs his organization, summarized by the phrase, “The direction of the ERLC is a significant source of division and creates a very real challenge to reversing CP [Cooperative Program] decline.” Scorned, he left the organization and joined up with the paragon of liberal virtue, Christianity Today. Moore, constantly grinding and hustling to form a “serpent mating knot,” was tasked with leading a new ‘Public Theology Project of unspecified purpose, where he’s been for months.
Apparently, Moore has earned himself a promotion, with President and CEO Tim Dalrymple announcing that Moore’s been hired to be the new Editor-in-Chief.
It’s a match made in hell.
In the announcement, Dalrymple praises Moore, noting:
“Moore has demonstrated, time and again, the courage to express his convictions and the integrity to live by them. Sometimes this has meant contending for essential biblical and theological truths in the public square. Sometimes it has meant declaring truths to the church that challenge and convict us.”
Is that what these people actually believe? We’ve written about Moore a lot over the years- you can see all his greatest hits here, but two things stand out to us. We have a long memory and have not forgotten his non-existent defense of tens of thousands of American churches that for over a year were shut down and scuttled by anti-science pseudo-religionists using a largely benign respiratory virus to fine, imprison, and intimidate believers, including men like James Coates and Tim Stephens in Canada. Where was Moore then?
Or how about the fact that Moore has been all but completely radio silent on the overturning of Roe v. Wade, making nary a comment about it on Twitter, Facebook, his podcast, or his website? As far as we know, he only made one public statement or comment about it; in an interview he did not publicize or share. In his commentary, he did not express any elation or joy at the supreme court decision but instead lamented the way it went about and the negative repercussions it would have long term, and has nothing since then. Is that the ‘courage to express his convictions’ we’re talking about here?
We fully expect Moore to mold Christianity Today in his image, and what a terrifying image it will be.