Apologist: 'Reality' for evangelicals should include politics

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

two voters marking ballotsSupport for Donald Trump – and now Roy Moore in Alabama – has divided evangelicals. Now we're being warned of an evangelical crisis from a popular Bible teacher.

Beth Moore has generally stayed away from political rants, but this week she tweeted: "We've let evil overtake the entire reputation of evangelicalism. The lust for power is nauseating. Racism, appalling. The arrogance, terrifying. The misogyny so far from Christlikeness, it can't be Christianity."

Beth Moore tweet on evangelicalism (Dec2017) 

The popular author and Bible teacher presumably lays all this at the feet of evangelical support for Donald Trump and Roy Moore.

Evangelical apologist Dr. Alex McFarland spends a good part of his life on the road, interacting with evangelicals of all ages at churches and university campuses around the U.S. He says Moore is just wrong.

McFarland

"I think Beth Moore has created a sound bite that is enticing and sounds pretty good, but I really don't know how you can tie that to reality," he tells OneNewsNow.

"I don't know what America she's talking about," he continues, "because everywhere I go I see Christians who are serving – they're winning the lost, they're living out Christ's Great Commission."

Regarding evangelical support for President Trump and Roy Moore, McFarland says they didn't have much of a choice. "Trump was an infinitely better choice for president than Hillary Clinton would have been," the apologist argues. "[As for] Roy Moore, I don't know all the facts about his past. I do know his accusers have much question around them and their charges."

McFarland admits being unclear on what Beth Moore actually wants.

"Does she wish that social progressives, [that] liberals were in power?" he wonders. "Because if we have any hope to preserve the Christian America that we've enjoyed for 241 years, it would be that we make our voice heard in Washington."

"With all due respect to Beth Moore," McFarland concludes, "it sounds like the venting of someone who's living in an ivory tower."

Just prior to Election Day 2016, Beth Moore broke ranks with other evangelical leaders who supported Donald Trump, accusing (via Twitter) the then-candidate of "objectifying" women but seeming to ignore Hillary Clinton's treatment of the women who allege Bill Clinton sexually assaulted them.

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