“I thought of that comment when I read the news report today of my friend Russell Moore’s response to how Jerry Falwell, Jr. welcomed Donald Trump’s visit to Liberty University this past Monday. Moore was not opposed to Trump’s visit as such. The Politico headline had it wrong on this score: ‘Evangelical leader blasts Falwell for hosting Trump.’ The university had previously hosted Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, and Ted Cruz, and nothing in Moore’s published comments faulted the university for exposing students to differing political viewpoints.  

What Moore did find distressing was the way President Falwell introduced Mr. Trump. Falwell described Trump as ‘one of the greatest visionaries of our time’ who ‘lives a life of helping others . . . as Jesus taught in the New Testament.’ Appealing to the authority of Jesus in praising a candidate like Trump is wrong-headed, said Moore. ‘Politics driving the gospel rather than the other way around is the third temptation of Christ. He overcame it. Will we?'” (Rich Mouw)

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