After Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. seemingly compared Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to biblical leader King David, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, offered up a quip.
There's a Psalm five-one, or something like that, somewhere, I'm told. https://t.co/aW1QkmcjTT
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) March 13, 2016
“There’s a Psalm five-one, or something like that, somewhere, I’m told,” Moore tweeted in response to Falwell’s comments, seemingly poking fun at Trump’s much-covered “Two Corinthians” flub.
In a separate message, Moore wrote, “King David was no dime-store demagogue.”
Of course, it’s no secret where Moore stands on Trump, as he has said that a vote for the businessman would be “deeply inconsistent with an application of the Christian faith.”
Moore’s aforementioned Twitter comments followed Falwell’s recent interview with the Liberty Champion, a student-run newspaper at Liberty University, during which the college president responded to critics who have slammed his endorsement, while also defending Trump.
“It is sad to see Christians attacking other Christians because they don’t support the same candidate or the candidate who they believe is the most righteous,” Falwell said. “God called King David a man after God’s own heart even though he was an adulterer and a murderer.”
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) March 14, 2016
He continued, “You have to choose the leader that would make the best king or president and not necessarily someone who would be a good pastor. We’re not voting for pastor-in-chief.”
Falwell added that there are times in which “we have to choose a person who has the qualities to lead and who can protect our country and bring us back to economic vitality.” That person, he argued, might not be the same individual who would be sought out for “spiritual counsel.”
In addition to Moore’s comments, additional responses to this comparison have been swift and scathing.
In a March 14 National Review op-ed, attorney and contributor David French called on evangelicals to stand up against Trump, dismissing the comparison that was made between the candidate and King David.
“Believe it or not, Donald Trump — the walking Planned Parenthood commercial who incites violence, celebrates adultery, and lies habitually — still has prominent Christian defenders, men and women who twist reason and logic to the breaking point in the quest to defend the indefensible,” he wrote. “Case in point: Jerry Falwell Jr.”
French went on to call Falwell’s apparent comparison of King David and Trump as an “insult [to] our theological intelligence,” noting that, though King David did some terrible things, God greatly punished him, citing Psalm 51 in which the biblical figure repented.
That mention is also likely what Moore was alluding to in his Twitter quip about “Psalm five-one.”
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(H/T: Christian Post)