The Moral Rot of Jerry Falwell Jr. Highlighted in Attack on Russell Moore

The Moral Rot of Jerry Falwell Jr. Highlighted in Attack on Russell Moore June 27, 2019

Once again, I find myself steeped in embarrassment, as I explain that I am an alumna of Liberty University.

It’s not that it wasn’t a great school.

It was. I enjoyed my fellow students, as well as the professors. The education I received there was top notch.

That being said, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr is a disgrace. He has shamed the name of his father, deceased televangelist and Liberty founder, Jerry Falwell, as well as the reputation of the school.

Falwell has proven to be the very worst example of Christianity, yet, he gets lumped in with other evangelicals and called an “evangelical leader,” simply because of his name and the college he leads.

This is where I point out that Falwell is just a lawyer, not really a Christian – much less an “evangelical leader.”

Do you know who is a Christian and a true leader?

Dr. Russell Moore, a theologian and president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Dr. Moore has made it a habit of standing on the principles that bubble up naturally from those who take the Word of God and hold it up as a beacon to guide their steps.

He is a man of godly principle, and he is to be applauded.

Unfortunately, the same media that wants to call Jerry Falwell, Jr. a “leader” don’t seem nearly as enthusiastic about reporting on the things said by Dr. Moore.

That is, they’re not as interested, until a man of Moore’s character is attacked by the Trumpian toady, Falwell.

A man with nothing but poor character.

What makes it so bad, is that there was no beef between the two. There was no attack that should have set Falwell off.

No, Falwell, like a subservient dog, felt there was a threat to his master – Donald Trump – and he responded.

Dr. Moore, like a true and observant Christian believer, expressed dismay at the reports of deplorable conditions for immigrant children being held at the border. This was in reference to a report from the Associated Press.

In a Tuesday tweet, he stated:

“The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences,” Moore said in a tweet Tuesday morning. “Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this.”

And of course, he’s right. We can absolutely do better.

For the “You must have voted for Hillary” crowd, to do better doesn’t mean blanket amnesty, or even automatic asylum status.

It does mean efforts should be made to address the most basic needs of these children. It doesn’t matter how they got here. It matters what happens to them while they’re in our government’s custody.

Deuteronomy 27:19 (ESV) – “‘Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

Dr. Moore understands that verse. Jerry Falwell’s dad, at least, could have probably spoken at some length on the topic of kindness to strangers in our land – particularly the children – so why did his son never learn the lesson?

Because he’s got a new daddy now.

To prove that point, Falwell apparently took Moore’s comment as a direct attack on President Trump, sending him into a venomous rant.

It’s here that I have to give Donald Trump his due recognition for services rendered.

For all of his despicable ways, Donald Trump has truly been an instrument of God.

If you just did a spit take across your screen, my apologies, but allow me to explain.

Specifically, Trump has served as an amazingly effective thresher in the hand of God, separating the wheat from the chaff, as it pertains to the American church.

He has magnified the true heart of those who warm the church pews or occupy space in the pulpit on Sundays, but inwardly, revile the children of God who appear to be “other.”

Now, back to the very chaff-y Falwell, Jr.

Directly addressing Dr. Moore’s heartfelt comment, the bootlicking shill lashed out:

“Who are you @drmoore? Have you ever made a payroll?” Falwell wrote.

“Have you ever built an organization of any type from scratch?” he added. “What gives you authority to speak on any issue? I’m being serious. You’re nothing but an employee- a bureaucrat.”

I’m going to go ahead and answer that question for Falwell.

Dr. Moore is a Christian. It is our Father in Heaven Who gives him authority to speak on those things that break the heart of a holy God.

We’re not called to turn a blind eye to what is corrupt, wicked, or inhumane. We’re called to stand firm on the Word of God, to defend those who are defenseless, take up the cause of the widowed and fatherless.

And yes, attend to the sojourner as a guest, showing hospitality and kindness.

Politics has taken the place of true faith and a pure religion in this nation. Jerry Falwell, Jr is a symptom of that lukewarm fall.

Unfortunately, the world that needs to see true Christianity at work will look to Falwell and his ilk as an example of Christianity at work in this nation, rather than to someone like Dr. Moore.

The true tragedy is many souls will be lost because of it, and that is inexcusable.

 

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  • JASmius

    The same media that wants to call Jerry Falwell, Jr. a “leader” don’t seem nearly as enthusiastic about reporting on the things said by Dr. Moore.

    Of course. Because JFJ fits the leftwingnut stereotype of “evangelicals” to a “t” (for Trump).

    This has always been the most infuriating thing about Trumpies, and what Trump has done to what used to be the conservative movement. Being a lifelong Manhattan liberal Democrat, Trump didn’t (and doesn’t) know the first thing about conservatives, and even more so evangelicals, other than the leftwingnut stereotypes of them. So when he descended that fake gilded escalator four years ago and gave his first campaign rant, he said everything that he thought “conservatives” would want to hear, and came off sounding like a cross between Archie Bunker, Elmer Gantry, and Bull Connor. The astroturfed crowd he paid to be his captive audience (not many probably remember that detail, but i sure as heck do) cheered on cue like trained seals, but real conservatives should have alternately laughed and booed him out of the race. Instead, a large plurality, and eventually a soul-crushing majority, also cheered on cue like trained seals and in the process discredited and destroyed the mainstream image of conservatism built up over six decades by Buckley, Goldwater, and Reagan. Rather than be insulted by Trump’s pandering as they should have been, they embraced it like some kind of hairlip of honor. Which was all the more bitterly ironic since they were effectively conceding that the Left was right about conservatives, and especially evangelicals, all along.

    In this instance, JFJ wasn’t even responding to anything Pastor Moore said in his tweet. If he had, he’d have also heaped still more disrepute upon Christianity by defending the barely human treatment of interned illegals. He seems to have dimly realized that, so he just launched a personal ad hominem attack instead, tantamount to two extended middle fingers.

    I must have missed that part of the Sermon on the Mount. I guess my NASB Ryrie Study Bible omitted that verse.

    Trump has served as an amazingly effective thresher in the hand of God, separating the wheat from the chaff, as it pertains to the American church. He has magnified the true heart of those who warm the church pews or occupy space in the pulpit on Sundays, but inwardly, revile the children of God who appear to be “other.”

    Bingo.

    My retort to Redcaps who idolatrously deify Trump as “God’s man” and “the second coming of King David” and LORD knows what else has always been the same: Yes, Trump becoming POTUS was God’s will; but maybe He meant it as a judgment and punishment, not a blessing.

    Their reactions have been, shall we say, Falwell-esque.

  • Alpha 1

    “Have you ever made a payroll?” is so, so revealing. Falwell thinks pointing out Moore doesn’t have employees is some sort of insult. He read everything Jesus said about the wealthy and their exploitation of others and decided “no actually it’s good.” Evangelicalism has been completely consumed by capitalist greed, so it’s only logical that Evangelicals have made the physical embodiment of capitalist greed their new messiah.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Falwell only thinks that because Trump’s entire concept of “honor” or “decency” or “masculinity” lives in his pants or centers around his wallet.

    Falwell is just responding as any other NY liberal Atheist would respond when talking about God’s will – with secular values – preferably those that conflict and diametrically oppose the values Christ taught while on Earth.

  • chemical

    Falwell only thinks that because Trump’s entire concept of “honor” or “decency” or “masculinity” lives in his pants or centers around his wallet.

    I’ll agree with you here, but not the other sentence. We share some of the same values as you do. I know that’s horrifying, to both of us, but it’s true.

  • chemical

    That, and lust for political power. Trump made an unspoken Faustian bargain with Falwell and other Evangelical preachers: Provide me worshippers, and I’ll give you political power.

  • chemical

    Falwell’s response to Moore is so stunningly aloof and hypocritical that I’m surprised he hasn’t died just from saying it. His exact criticism can, and should, be applied to himself.

    Neither Falwell nor the god he worships, Donald Trump, built an organization from scratch, either. They both inherited their wealth from their respective fathers. I’ll give Trump credit, though: He has started businesses, most of which he ran straight into the ground.

  • Stephen

    I agree with Susan completely. Trump is a judgement on this country and the church. The wheat and chaff are being separated. This is not a liberal or conservative issue. It is a Godly issue. Are you His or not?

  • Michael Weyer

    It’s people like Falwell who make me understand why some folks become atheists.

  • WW

    Watching this slavish devotion to trump from fallwell sure gives credence to the pool boy story.

  • fanodan13

    That’s the true answer. Well said chemical, it’s exactly that fevered lust for power that allows the compromised Christians, to look the other way on Trumps many flaws!

  • sometypeofguy

    Boy, you said it.

  • sometypeofguy

    Seriously. Did Jesus ever make a payroll? He didn’t even have a place to lay his head.

  • sometypeofguy

    “Donald Trump, bringing us all together in mutual horror.” ®

  • Dave G.

    The substance of his attack was the pits. On the other hand, one must join the chorus of observers wondering where Dr. Moore was during the Obama administration. I”m not saying he didn’t let fly at the problems then, I just don’t remember it. We know that things were bad then. Were they as bad as now? No, because with promises of nothing short of blank checks and open borders, we’re now seeing legions of immigrants making the trip here with us having no real way to handle it, save for open the door and look the other way. But in the Obama years, these things were happening: immigrants were tear gassed, families separated, children detained. Not to this level perhaps, but it happened. And we all know it received virtually no coverage from the press. More than that, however, I”m at pains to remember just which religious leaders were sounding the alarms when it was happening then. That could be a valid point, but Falwell did his level best to avoid making it, and chose rather to let fly with this embarrassing broadside that probably chases more people away from the Faith than anything else. .

  • Pennybird

    There were no blank checks and open borders and you should recall that Obama was widely criticized for his high deportation rates (do the research). That Obama would be painted as soft on immigration is a figment of the Fox News imagination, ginned up to give its followers another justification to hate the black guy. Moreover, failing to commit human rights atrocities is not an indication of softness.

    I don’t know why there wasn’t much reporting of tear gas during the Obama admin. If there was, we definitely would have heard about and protested it. In fact Christians would have invoked Christ the same way they do when they think a fetus is suffering or a Democrat has an affair. Did Fox report it in real time then, or do they only engage in whataboutism after the fact? (The Fox News search function for older dates would keep me looking all day) Regardless, it doesn’t excuse the ungodly mess that Trump has caused now, and it doesn’t excuse the Evangelical community from ignoring the suffering of their god’s children and continuing to support the perp.

    WWJD?

  • Pennybird

    I’m not Christian, but pity those who are more than Christian in Name Only. Because the Evangelical Right is doing its level best to destroy the religion from the inside out. Christ had some good things to say and some good lessons to follow – what a shame the CINOs can’t abide.

  • Pennybird

    Best not to compare the values of NY liberal atheists with right wing Evangelicals. The atheists are going to be FAR closer to Jesus than his self-described followers are. Every. Single. Time.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    That you share values is not an issue. The issue is WHY you hold those values in the first place and why you chose to disregard values that Christ teaches us to hold.

    … even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then….

  • IllinoisPatriot

    If you knew the definition of “right wing Evangelical” you might have a point, but Evangelicals (correct definition) are some of the most honorable Christian men and women you may ever meet. … Nothing like the Atheists that put on Christian garb when in public, but live private lives that encourage, teach, and partake of sin and corruption such as those that surround Trump.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Those you speak of are not Christians but Atheists attempting to wear the garb of Christianity in public.

    Christ tells us that we will know them by their actions and their actions are exposing their true master(s).

  • Pennybird

    Traveling yesterday, we saw a sign in front of a church that said “we stand before the flag and kneel before the cross.” They put country ahead of faith in that church. Because it was a veiled approval of police brutality (Colin Kaepernick does not kneel to disrespect the flag, as anyone who has read beyond a Fox News headline can attest), their racism is implied. These are dishonorable Evangelicals, they worship Republican Jesus only, and at the at the moment worship Trump for harboring the same fears, insecurities and hatred as him, rather than working to overcome them, which is something I believe that honorable Christians do. Unfortunately for Christianity, they aren’t the ones holding megaphones. Perhaps the former could use a definition themselves, or maybe a sermon or two on the message of Christ.

    No need to capitalize “atheist” as it is an adjective and not really the proper name of a group. But I sense you are trying to use it as an insult, and I wonder why. Pardon me if I misinterpreted. One does not have to lack a belief in gods to be a scoundrel.