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Russell Moore Should Address the Ethics of Southern Baptists Building Abortion Clinics

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Russell Moore is the director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. That organization's goal is to speak "to issues in the public square for the protection of religious liberty and human flourishing." The ERLC position statement on abortion says, "We are to protect human life." 

In recent years, Moore and the ERLC has addressed ethics pertaining to animal welfare, racial reconciliation and other social justice issues, and has promised to address other social justice issues like the criminal justice system in the future.

Meanwhile, the staff of a cooperating Southern Baptist Church is supporting their deacon in helping construct an abortion clinic in Oklahoma. Digging in their heels, they have insisted that even Jesus would not have the deacon forgo the contract and cease his work. The company claims that their values of "honesty, integrity, empathy and compassion" implores them to continue the work, and that fellow Christians shouldn't judge them in the matter. The name of the company is Yarbrough and Sons, owned by a deacon at First Baptist Church in Blanchard, Oklahoma. The staff providing counsel that Yarbrough continue the work is Pastor Andy Finch.

No doubt, many Southern Baptists in service industries are providing their labor for abortion clinics around the country, from contractors to cleaning services to accountants. 

We request Russell Moore to heed the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:3-5 and deal first with the support of the abortion industry among Southern Baptist church members. We request that Russell Moore speak to the above mentioned issue at First Baptist Church in Blanchard, Oklahoma and their deacon's business, Yarbrough and Sons, and provide a statement condemning Southern Baptist cooperation with the abortion industry. 

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