Russell Moore Says Human Dignity and the Gospel Should Characterize the Christian Voice in Address at Evangelicals for Life

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, opened the second day of the annual Evangelicals for Life conference on Thursday (Jan. 17). Photo by Karen McCutcheon

Jan. 20 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention.

VIENNA, Va. (BP)– Human dignity and Gospel mission should characterize the Christian voice at a time when people are treated like machines, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said at Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 17).

Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, opened the second day of the annual conference sponsored by the ERLC. The two-day event at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., continued with a full day of addresses, panel discussions and breakout sessions on such topics as abortion, adoption, disability, racial unity, immigration, Christian persecution and criminal justice reform.

Many EFL attendees planned to participate in the annual March for Life Friday (Jan. 18) on the National Mall.

Moore told the audience, “We march for life, but we march beyond that to eternal life.”

Jesus demonstrated truths about the dignity of human beings and the power of the Gospel in Luke 18:31-19:10, which describes His encounters with two outcasts in the region of Jericho — a blind man and the tax collector Zacchaeus, Moore said.

The blind man was dependent and unproductive, he said.

“When usefulness is the definition of whether or not one is worth something, then we have turned human beings into machines,” Moore said. “And when one stops being useful or is never considered to be useful in the first place, those people are discarded even as we would discard an outdated technology.”

The blind man, however, cried out to Jesus, calling Him Son of David — “language that everyone would have understood refers to the king that God is going to send to deliver His people,” Moore said. In so doing, the blind man was “able to see what the disciples of Jesus themselves were not able to see,” he said. The disciples did not comprehend what would happen to Him in Jerusalem, though He had just told them.

The crowd sought to silence him “because he’s a problem, he’s a burden,” Moore said. “[T]o silence him would be to make him imperceptible.

“[T]hat’s exactly what takes place in our own society when it comes to the people who are so vulnerable that we don’t want to recognize that they’re there,” he told the audience. To the unborn, immigrants, refugees, elderly and children in foster care, people can say, “We want to silence you,” Moore said.

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Source: Baptist Press