Beth Moore doesn’t spend much time on politics. The enormously popular evangelist – her sermons and conferences sell out arenas and her printed Bible studies are perennial bestsellers – is more likely to be found helping women understand the life of the Apostle Paul or tweeting about her husband, new granddaughter, or two adorable dogs. But something changed. And now she is speaking out about the 2016 presidential election.
Donald Trump was caught on tape bragging about his ability to assault women sexually. Trump said, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p______. You can do anything.” And now Moore has had enough.
Beth Moore has spoken. “I’m one among many women sexually abused, misused, stared down, heckled, talked naughty to. Like we liked it. We didn’t. We’re tired of it,” she said. She also had a word about evangelical leaders still supporting Trump. “Try to absorb how acceptable the objectifying of women has been when some Christian leaders don’t think it’s that big a deal.”
Moore’s broken silence is rooted in her own experience with sexual assault. And it signals a widening gender divide between evangelicals. Increasingly, moderate and conservative Christian women are speaking out about Trump’s brand of misogyny and divisiveness, and condemning support for the nominee or silence about him from male evangelicals.
Katelyn Beaty, managing editor of Christianity Today, said, “When Christian women like Beth Moore choose to publicly speak about their own experience with sexual assault, it signals to me that they do not feel heard or understood by fellow Christian leaders who continue to support Trump.”
Dr. Russell Moore – head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and a leading conservative Christian voice against Trump – says he is hearing privately from women like Moore all the time. “I have heard from many, many evangelical women who are horrified by Christian leaders ignoring this as an issue,” Moore said.
So who will Beth Moore vote for? AWR Hawkins, writing for Breitbart News, wrote an article titled, “Christian Speaker Beth Moore Stands in the Gap for Hillary Clinton.”
So much for integrity in reporting. Here’s the short answer – Moore isn’t saying.
I’ve read five articles on Beth Moore’s recent condemnation of Trump’s words and actions. After reading the articles and commentary, I went to her own tweets. I found four separate examples of Beth Moore speaking out on Trump’s recent salacious actions/words. And in none of them does she endorse Clinton – or Trump.
So here’s what we know. Beth Moore is an evangelical conservative Christian. She is also a woman. And she has her priorities right.
Beth Moore could have gone a step further. She could have said, “Therefore, I will vote for Hillary Clinton.” That would have persuaded millions of voters. Or she could have said, “Despite Trump’s horrific character flaws, I must vote for the Republican ticket, because I agree with its conservative platform.” And that would have persuaded millions of voters.
Beth Moore has the platform to persuade millions to vote according to her personal convictions. Make no mistake. Moore will vote. And she could have told us for whom she will vote. But she didn’t.
So why doesn’t Beth Moore go ahead and tell us who she is voting for? It’s simple. Hers is a higher calling, a more noble purpose – one whose focus rises above any American election between flawed candidates.
It’s not that it doesn’t matter. It’s just that Beth Moore has more important things to talk about.