Take a look at Russell Moore's latest piece on religious liberty entitled, "Religious Liberty for All." There's much in his brief commentary with which we may agree. I find it more and more frustrating, however, to follow Moore's thinking on freedom of religion.
Consider the following:
A government that can shut down mosques simply because they are mosques can shut down Bible studies because they are Bible studies. A government that can close the borders to all Muslims simply on the basis of their religious belief can do the same thing for evangelical Christians. A government that issues ID badges for Muslims simply because they are Muslims can, in the fullness of time, demand the same for Christians because we are Christians.
While we agree with the paragraph in its entirety, we must ask to whom is Moore is referring? Who and where are all these Muslim persecutors? What politician or religious leader is calling for shutting down mosques simply because they are mosques? Or closing the borders to all Muslims simply on the basis of their religious belief? Or issuing ID badges to Muslims simply because they are Muslims?
Unfortunately, Moore offers us no evidence whatsoever that any of the above is an imminent threat.
I think I know why.
It's because there are no calls to shut down Mosques simply because they are mosques. There are no calls for closing the borders to all Muslims simply on the basis of their religious belief. There are no plans to issue ID badges to Muslims simply because Muslims are Muslims.
What Moore leaves out of the equation, consequently skewing what has been suggested concerning stronger immigration laws and border control pertains to protecting the borders of the United States of America.
Apparently for Moore, border protection falls at the feet of Radical Islamic Terrorist Organizations so long as they pretend they are peace-loving Muslims. No scrutiny. No hold-ups. No security. No denials to enter our country from countries that support, encourage, and finance Islamic terror. If people coming into the USA from those countries claim they are peaceful Muslims, we are required under God to believe them and accept them.
If this is the kind of moral mush public policy Southern Baptists are financing in Washington D.C…. If this kind of thinking takes hold among the masses in America, there won't be an America to leave our grandchildren.
Why do so many young evangelicals hate America so much?