Russell Moore isn’t happy about the recent “white supremacist” Unite the Right rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend. That “white supremacy” makes Russell Moore angry is a surprise to no one. Moore is convinced that any decent person is perturbed by “white supremacy.” What Russell Moore wants everyone to know is that “white supremacy” is one of the few things that actually makes Jesus angry as well! Moore states that Jesus remains mostly calm throughout most of the Gospel narratives, but really loses his cool when he confronts “white supremacists” in the Temple of God! That’s right; to Russell Moore, what makes Jesus angry isn’t something as pedantic as unbelief or false accusations. It’s “white supremacy.” Moore doesn’t even bother to use the cultural Marxist epithet “racist” or “racism” in his Washington Post op-ed. Using these generic terms might distract from the real enemy in Moore’s mind: white people.
Moore argues, “The Scriptures show us two things that make Jesus visibly angry: religious hypocrisy and racial supremacist ideology.” Moore makes his case against “white supremacy” by appealing to Jesus’s cleansing of the Temple. If you haven’t realized that Jesus was angry about “racial supremacist ideology” when he drove the moneychangers from the Temple, then let Russell Moore teach you. Moore notes that Jesus quotes Isaiah 56:7 during his altercation with the moneychangers in the temple. Jesus tells them that the temple was to be a place of prayer for all people, but that they had made it a “den of thieves.” Moore argues that larger context of Isaiah 56 lends itself to his interpretation. In verse 3 Isaiah says, “Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, the LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.” Moore suggests that the moneychangers “clamored for space in the temple courts” and were thus “blocking” the foreigners mentioned by the prophet Isaiah.
It gets worse. Not only are “white supremacists” analogous to the moneychangers in the temple; “white supremacists” are also the Beast of Revelation! Moore writes,
‘Blood and soil’ ethnic nationalism is not just a deviant social movement. It is the same old idolatry of the flesh, the human being seeking to deify his own flesh and blood as God. The Scripture defines this attempt at human self-exaltation with a number: 666. White supremacy does not merely attack our society (though it does) and the ideals of our nation (though it does); white supremacy attacks the image of Jesus Christ himself. White supremacy exalts the creature over the Creator, and the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against it.
In case Russell Moore hasn’t made his meaning perfectly clear, he closes his article by saying that “white supremacy” is “terrorism” and even worse, “Satanism” whose adherents are committed to “devil-worship”!
What is noteworthy is not that Russell Moore has misinterpreted certain passages of the Bible. This is common and becoming more so as the visible church becomes more apostate. What is noteworthy is just how perverse Moore’s interpretations of the Bible have become because of his hatred for whites who defend their own identity. Anyone with even a modest amount of biblical literacy should be able to understand Moore’s stupidity. Moore didn’t arrive at his conclusions because of careful study of the Bible, but simply because he cannot prevent his anti-white animus from clouding his judgment. Moore’s argument about the moneychangers in the temple is so clearly asinine that even mainstream Baptists have criticized it as such. The traditional Christian interpretation of this passage is that Jesus is condemning these men for their avarice and greed, as well as their sacrilege and profanation of the temple. There is not the slightest hint in this passage that the chief priests were practicing a “racial supremacist ideology” as Moore suggests.
Moore’s interpretation is particularly ironic in light of his condemnation of “anti-Semitism” earlier in the article. If any particular people could be accused of a truly “supremacist” ideology in the Gospels, it was the Jewish leaders who founded the religion of rabbinical Judaism who believed that their descent from Abraham gave them fellowship with God without regard to covenant fidelity. Jesus condemns the Jewish leaders as the spawn of Satan (John 8:44) and sent his armies to destroy their city (Jerusalem) in judgment for their rejection of him as their Messiah (cf. Matt. 22:7). The apostate Jews have the Kingdom taken from them and given to another nation which will bring forth its fruits as a result of their faithlessness (Matt. 21:43). All of this gets in the way of Moore’s true enemy: white people.
Moore makes a subtle switch from “white supremacy” to “blood and soil ethnic nationalism,” as though these concepts are interchangeable. I don’t believe that epithets like “racial supremacism” or “white supremacy” have any objective value given their usage, but it is interesting that Moore believes that “white supremacy” can be equated with the belief that white people have and ought to have our own ethnic homelands. The reality is that Kinists and other Christian white nationalists are the opposite of the Beast of Revelation 13:7, in which the Beast, symbolic of imperial Rome, seeks to establish dominion over all kindreds, tongues, and nations. Kinists understand that our identity is from God and do not seek to eradicate or subjugate other nations and tribes. True nationalists reject “supremacy,” because every ethnic group has the right to their own “blood and soil.” There is abundant evidence that Moore’s claim of “racial supremacist ideology” at the Unite the Right rally is false, given that the protestors were marching against the erasure of Southern white culture. The only ones advocating for genocide were the communist antifas, who openly professed their disdain for whites and their hopes for whites to be amalgamated out of existence.
Russell Moore doesn’t care. His hateful invective against white nationalists blinds him to any sense of right and wrong. Moore isn’t upset about just any group for asserting its right to exist as a distinct people and culture. Moore has been silent over the many Black Lives Matter protests in which violent blacks have attacked innocent bystanders and burned cities to the ground. To Russell Moore, the problem isn’t with “ethnic nationalism” at all…it’s you, white man! Moore’s own Southern Baptist Convention hasn’t condemned any advocacy groups specific to non-whites, only “white supremacists.” Moore isn’t concerned about “racial supremacism” at all. What bothers Russell Moore that there are whites who believe that they have to right to exist as distinct nations as opposed to deracinated individuals in a postmodern world that hates them. Moore’s ethics are completely at odds with the Bible and the God that the Bible reveals. The false god of Russell Moore and contemporary evangelicalism can truly be said to be altogether satanic.