The Baptist Headway

America’s Largest Protestant Denomination & the Culture War

by Russell D. Moore

Southern Baptist cultural engagement has been something like country musician Loretta Lynn’s first visit to the Nixon White House. Greeting the president in the reception line, Lynn reportedly blurted out, “Good morning, Richard.” When horrified White House personnel informed her later that she should not have referred to the president by his first name, Lynn is said to have replied, “Well, they called Jesus ‘Jesus,’ didn’t they?”

The counterculture celebrated her words as a feminist-populist protest against hierarchical distinctions. In fact, the coal miner’s daughter simply didn’t know what else to say. When confronted with American sexual libertarianism . . .

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Russell D. Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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