Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the Senate in Alabama has recently been accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14 year old girl when he was 32. There are 5 women who have come forward with one accusation or another, one of which is sexual assault. The reactions have been manifold.
Some say, “Innocent until proven guilty!” This is true in a court of Law. And Moore will have his day to defend himself. Right now, however, people need to consider the worthiness of this candidate and whether he is to be trusted with such a position of power. Moore is not being convicted of a crime by voters, he is having his character scrutinized. “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” is a more apt description of what we see as the GOP and voters decide where their support should be placed.
Some say, “I’ll still vote for him because of Supreme Court Justices.” Politics is pragmatism, but we still need to be concerned about character. The turning of our country to a greater concern for morality will not come from the politicians in power! Especially those whose own moral character is suspect. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7, ESV)
Some supporters have tried to use the scriptures to defend Moore’s actions. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission responded appropriately on Twitter. “Christian, if you cannot say definitively, no matter what, that adults creeping on teenage girls is wrong, do not tell me how you stand against moral relativism.” — Russell Moore (@drmoore) November 13, 2017
Some question the timing of the accusations because of the upcoming election. When you consider the multitude of recent revelations about sexual abuse in politics, Hollywood, the business world, and the recent #MeToo movement, then the timing is not as suspect as some might think. Women who have suffered various forms of abuse have been emboldened to speak out in some part because people are listening and taking action to bring them justice. And this is a good thing. God cares greatly about justice, especially for the weak and oppressed. “learn to do good seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” (Isaiah 1:17, ESV)
So, how should Christians react to the Moore situation? How we respond speaks volumes to the world about what we truly value.
When we stand against wickedness towards women and children in the public square we send the message that our church protects women and children from abuse.
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.