Episode 8: How Should Christians Respond to Cultural Persecution?

An Interview with Dr. Russell Moore

I believe there is a war in America on our freedom to believe. That is why I partnered with my co-author to write You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe. In writing that book, I had the privilege to have a conversation with Dr. Russell Moore. I thought your faith would be encouraged by my sharing it.

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It’s easy to get discouraged when we look around at our culture that is becoming increasingly hostile toward Christians and traditional values.

Our book details the attacks and explains why the attacks are happening. But it also offers a massive dose of encouragement and inspiration to keep moving forward.

We call it a resurgence. We believe it is what Jesus has called us to do as believers.

A little about Dr. Moore:

Russell Moore serves as the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

Prior to his election to this role in 2013, Moore served as provost and dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as professor of theology and ethics.

A widely-sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore has been recognized by a number of influential organizations. The Wall Street Journal has called him “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate” while The Gospel Coalition has referred to him “one of the most astute ethicists in contemporary evangelicalism.”

Dr. Moore blogs frequently at his Moore to the Point website, and hosts a program called Questions & Ethics—a wide-ranging podcast in which Dr. Moore answers listener-generated questions on the difficult moral and ethical issues of the day. In addition, he is the author of several books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches.

An ordained minister, Dr. Moore has served as a pastor for a number of Southern Baptist churches—most recently serving as preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church from 2008-2012. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.

Russell Moore’s latest book is a good one Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel.

I certainly found his comments illuminating and inspiring.

We use many of them in our new book which launched yesterday, by the way.

It is available now wherever good books are sold.

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  • JMinneapolis

    Not everyone in our country and the world is Christian. No one is persecuting Christians – Christmas now extends before Labor Day in most stores. Christian ares not be persecuted simply because others either do not want everything Christian themed or want others to share their experience.

    Not everything in life revolves around you. Get over the persecution complex and move on with your life. There is so much more to live for, than this fear mongering.

    • Thank for the comment but I respectfully disagree. We wrote an entire book to make the case if you’re willing to read it.

      • JMinneapolis

        I’ve read a lot of arguments of why Christians feel persecuted. I mean no disrespect, as well. I just don’t see it. I’ve lived in cities and small towns (mostly in the midwest.) People are living their lives and there is not animosity towards Christians.

        I get that it sells a lot of books, trumping up this fear. But, there is so much more Christians could be doing to help the world. Get out and help the homeless, needy, and sick. This fixating on being persecuted is such a waste of energy and creates needless anxiety in your followers.

        • Send me a mailing adress at Bill (at) Billintheblank.com and I will send you a copy of the book for free.

      • Your book is tripe and the premise you make is completely faulty. Christians are not being persecuted-and if you believe that then you have some things seriously wrong with you. You do not get, because of your view of Christianity, to set the terms of the discussion or to impose your values upon others. I’m a Christian too-and I have no problem with the idea that social mores are changing.

  • Ben Welliver

    I’m truly amazed at this person who posted “No one is persecuting Christians.” The only reason we have a “persecution complex” is because people despise us – or, at least, they despise the ones of us who still regard the New Testament as the guide to belief and behavior. You could make a strong case that Christians have always been persecuted, even during the many centuries when Christianity was the state religion in many countries – because the most serious Christians were inevitably persecuted by the establishment Christians.