Hypocrisy. There’s no other way to describe the decision of many Evangelical Christians to stand with Judge Roy Moore.
Moore has seen his campaign upended by accusations from seven women that he sexually harassed or assaulted them as teenagers. Moore is the Republican candidate for an open Senate seat from Alabama.
Judge Moore made his political career insisting that the 10 Commandments be engraved in stone and placed in the Court House; that homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of God; that same-sex marriage undermines the sanctity of traditional marriage; that abortion should be outlawed; that the Second Amendment has no limits.
It’s ironic that Moore who made his political bones on the basis of moral self-righteousness, is now accused by credible witness’ to sexual abuse of minors. In his hometown it was an open secret that Moore in his 30’s preyed upon teen girls.
Why then do so many Christian pastors and voters say that they are standing with Roy Moore? The answer seems to rest with the growth of the Religious Right as a power broker in the Republican party. https://www.memeorandum.com/171120/p8#a171120p8
For a growing number of conservative Christians the ends justify the means. Their agenda includes: Packing the Supreme Court with conservative justices; outlawing abortion rights; rolling back gay and trans-gender rights; limits to immigration; support for NRA.
Why these limited issues? Why not advocacy for civil rights and social justice?
Consider the many societal implications of Jesus’ teaching: “Whatever you do unto the most vulnerable of my sisters and brothers you do unto me. When you clothe the naked and visit the prisoner, feed the hungry…it is as if you are doing it to me.” (Matthew 25: 31 – 46).
There is a lot of cherry picking going on within the Christian community. Choosing to focus on some issues to the exclusion of others. Some choose to wrap their faith in the flag of nationalism and even nativism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativism_(politics)
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Imagine hearing the words of the Hebrew prophets and the teaching and witness of Jesus with fresh eyes and ears. Imagine approaching the reading of Scripture with humility. Humility in knowing that we each bring a cultural bias that effects what we hear and to see. Imagine allowing the Spirit to open our hearts, minds and imaginations to what is possible.
In I Corinthians 13 the apostle Paul says, ‘now we see in a mirror dimly, but one day we will see (God) face to face’. Our call is to approach our faith with humility.
I don’t know about you but I’m wary of those who say ‘behold sayeth the Lord’. Particularly those who condemn, exclude and divide. Annie Lamott says it best: ‘When God hates the same people you do then rest assured you’ve created God in your own image’.
The Christian faith teaches that we catch a ‘glimpse’ of what Paul speaks of when we see love, forgiveness, justice and compassion put into practice. These are the voices we long to hear. May it be so.