So I have more than a little sympathy and fellow-feeling for Beth Moore, a very prominent Southern Baptist writer and teacher, for announcing her departure from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) because of its appalling fealty not just to Trump but to Trumpian values. “I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer identify with Southern Baptists,” she said.“Beth Moore has more influence and more cachet with Southern Baptists, especially white Southern Baptist women, than the vast majority of Southern Baptist pastors or other leaders. So her leaving is not just about one individual,” said another prominent Christian leader who happens to be Black.
“The fact that Beth Moore joyfully promotes herself as a woman who preaches to men is only the tip of the iceberg of her problematic positions,” Tom Buck, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas, said in a post online following the news.
“I sincerely wish Mrs. Moore had repented rather than left,” he wrote. “But if she refuses to repent, I am glad she is gone from the S.B.C. Sadly, leaving the S.B.C. won’t fix what is wrong with Beth Moore.”
Southern Baptist men do not like uppity women, and they might, if it hadn't gone totally out of fashion, burn a few of them at the stake. As would their new prophet Trump.