Should a Never Trump theologian lead the nation’s largest Evangelical denomination? For Conservative Christians who are Pro-Life and Pro-Religious Liberty, the answer should be to reject Albert Mohler’s candidacy for Southern Baptist President in 2020.
Everyone knows Russell Moore is a rabid Never Trumper. It is hardly surprising. He was a notorious Democrat even when working at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jack Richardson IV revealed that Moore’s opposition to Trump has deep roots, “he was always fond of reminding me that he was a Democrat.”
However, many don’t know that Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a candidate for SBC president in 2020, opposed Donald Trump in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.
Mohler argued in the Louisville newspaper that the Republican Party deserved to lose in 2016. He opined:
“I know what is at stake, and I can only believe that the Republican Party forfeited this election through the nomination of a candidate that would be repudiated by many of its own leaders and would crash the hopes of so many who have worked for conservative causes for so long. They deserve far better.”
Who knew—Dr. Mohler likes to virtue signal. What else can you call it when you put your personal piety over saving babies and preserving religious liberty?
A longtime member of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Foundation board blasted back in the Louisville paper:
“Not all opinions are equal. Some are informed, many are not. Mohler’s and Moore’s ‘Never Trump’ position I find borne of false piety and self-righteousness. In this election, the premise is not based upon the greater righteousness or sinlessness of one candidate over another. The correct premise is comparing the policies of each candidate and how that will impact the nation.
“Trump was not my choice, but he is now.”
Mohler’s opposition to Trump shows he failed not only as a political leader, but a theologian. The truly great Evangelical thinkers like Norman Geisler, Wayne Grudem and William Lane Craig understood what was at stake and rejected these arguments of personal piety over duty.
Now Mohler seeks to lead the Southern Baptist Convention.
In an election year.
He wasn’t a leader in the 2016 election.
Hey, he wasn’t even a leader in Birmingham when the Resolution Committee and messengers approved the infamous Resolution 9—the resolution that approved Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality as “analytical tools” for use by Christians.
Mohler’s lame response was a podcast a few days later.
There was no rush to the floor microphone.
There was no public plea on social media to stop its passage.
He let Dr. Tom Ascol and Dr. Tom Buck take the heat.
Is this the type of leader Southern Baptists need during this critical time?
The election of Albert Mohler as SBC President will fracture the already breaking Southern Baptist Convention. That means in 2020 the very future of the SBC is in the balance. As Richardson warned:
“The big question I have is how many of the donors and those on the Seminary’s Foundation Board are aware of the political positions Mohler and Moore have taken. How many throughout Baptist congregations would continue to support the institutions they lead?”
When the rank-and-file Southern Baptists learn what type of “leader” Albert Mohler is, then his election as SBC president will only serve to push more conservatives out of the Southern Baptist Convention.
However, Southern Baptists can stop the slide. They can reject Dr. Mohler in Orlando.