If you’re wondering whether any conservative Christians are willing to support the second impeachment of Donald Trump, there’s at least one prominent voice from that movement in full support of ousting the insurrectionist.
Russell Moore (above), the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is arguably risking his livelihood by urging fellow Southern Baptists to support the removal of Trump:
Moore has been a frequent critic of Trump for years, often putting him at odds with more conservative members of his evangelical faith tradition.
Last week, following the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, many faith groups demanded the president’s removal. Moore tweeted a plea for Trump to resign.
On Monday, Moore went further, addressing a community of Southern Baptists directly in his newsletter.
“If I were the vice president, I would assemble the cabinet in accordance with the 25th Amendment,” Moore wrote in an email newsletter sent via the ERLC. “If I were a member of Congress, I would vote to impeach. And if I were a United States senator, I would vote to convict.”
“And I would be willing, if necessary, to lose my seat to do so,” he continued. “As a matter of fact, I am willing, if necessary, to lose this seat.”
These are necessary words. But despite being a critic of Trump for years, you have to wonder what took him so long to be this demanding about Trump’s removal.
It’s not like the coup was the first indication that Trump was terrible and unqualified for his job. While Moore was never a defender of Trump and criticized him throughout his term, he still softened that criticism by insisting that he didn’t mean to criticize evangelicals who “voted their conscience” when they voted for Trump (largely because of abortion, as if Trump personally gives a damn about fetuses).
It’d be even better if other conservative Christians followed suit, now that Moore has paved the way for that possibility. That said if you need to take a stand so that your own tribe knows you don’t stand with neo-Nazis and violent rioters, maybe the tribe has bigger problems worth addressing.
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