Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and arguably the most influential leader in the entire Southern Baptist Convention, is well-known for leading from behind and speaking out after the crap hits the fan and it’s too late to make a difference. Mohler spent years while the “racial justice” movement swept the denomination from its conservative roots right out from under his own feet and allowed it to happen. While others had been warning about this movement for years — citing Marxist ideology cloaked in Christian terminology — Mohler was silent. It wasn’t until the movement had all but caused the denomination to split before he finally began to speak to the issue.
Once again, Mohler is leading from behind and after years of Southern Baptists denouncing Donald Trump over his “character flaws” and vowing to support the Democrat party instead, Mohler is finally speaking out with some clarity on why Christians must reject the party of infanticide.
But, as usual, it’s likely too late.
In a widely read article on Mohler’s personal website, Mohler describes the difference between the two presidential candidates and clearly draws a line of distinction between right and the left, rejecting the argument of personal character over policy issues. “I cannot accept the argument that a calm man who affirms the dismembering of babies in the womb has a superior character to a man who rants like Genghis Khan but acts to preserve that life,” Mohler writes. “In my ideal world, I would vote for a candidate in whom the personal, the principled, and the practical earn my admiration,” he continues, “I do not live in that world. I live in this world, and I must act accordingly.”
Mohler rightly and thoroughly dismantles the argument that Joe Biden — or the Democrat party in general — holds the moral high ground over Donald Trump. Reformation Charlotte has argued in like; Donald Trump does not intend to legislate his personal immorality into national policy while the Democrat party does.
Mohler argues that Joe Biden, a coward, will now be hamstrung by the most radical wing of the Democrat party to abandon his self-proclaimed “moderate” stance on abortion, which Mohler describes as a “pathetic evasion,” to embrace the most egregious views on the killing of innocent children.
Just consider the fact that a Biden-Harris administration would be, by any honest account, the most pro-abortion political force in American history. Biden, who once bragged of supporting the Hyde Amendment for decades, abandoned it in haste earlier this year when required to gain the nomination. Hardly a profile in courage. Biden has tried for decades to follow in the line of Mario Cuomo, Ted Kennedy, and other Catholic Democrats, claiming to be personally opposed to abortion but unwilling to “enforce” their views on the nation. That is pathetic evasion in itself. But listen now to the major Democrats and you will find virtually none who will speak of abortion—the strategic destruction of unborn human life—as a moral evil. The Democratic Party is now so pro-abortion (and yes, that is the right term) that it has declared opposition to any restriction on abortion and demands tax-payer funding for abortion.
Citing Donald Trump’s commitment to and record of actually carrying out the pro-life policies he promised in his 2016 campaign, Mohler admits that Trump has made a believer out of him and now vows to vote for him in 2020, despite having voted against him in 2016.
When it came to Donald Trump in 2016, I made note of his pro-life promises, especially with reference to the federal courts culminating in the Supreme Court. As a conservative Christian, I have lived through decades of frustration and heartbreak as the nation’s highest court transformed itself into a super-legislature inventing newly-declared “rights” at the expense of human dignity and ordered liberty. But I doubted that Donald Trump meant to fulfill his promises. I was wrong.
Mohler, however, is much nicer to those who choose to vote Democrat than he should be. Thankfully, and rightfully, he does attempt to persuade those on the left against doing so. However, Mohler does not appear to understand that the reason those who vote for Democrats are not merely doing so for “long historical reasons,” as he asserts, but are doing so because their worldview is deficient and not grounded in sound, biblical theology.
I also recognize that I know brothers and sisters in Christ who see this differently. The vast majority of Black voters in America vote regularly and predictably for the Democratic ticket, and have since 1960. Like the pattern of white evangelical voting, this is not a surprise. There are long historical reasons why both are so. With my black brothers and sisters, I make my best case for how I see the issues. They have every right to do the same. We each have a vote. Both of us will answer to God for that vote. We earnestly seek to persuade the other. We will likely vote differently in the end. We remain brothers and sisters in Christ.
The Democrat party platform is essentially the antithesis to the law of God and the works of the flesh according to the Scriptures — sexual anarchy, abortion, lawlessness, anti-religious freedom, theft, self-idolatry, etc. — and those who abide by it will not receive the Kingdom of God, but, instead, the second death.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. –Galatians 5:19-21
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. –1 Corinthians 6:9-10
The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. — Revelation 21:7-8
So, while we can be thankful that Mohler is actually — finally — speaking to this issue, sadly, many Southern Baptists have already pulled the lever for Baal due to Mohler’s failure to address the issue with moral and theological clarity while, as usual, he leads from behind.