- CRITTER TALK
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by Mark Bear
Last week, as each of you know, the Washington Post published a story indicating how Judge Roy Moore, then thirty-two years of age, forced a fourteen-year-old into a sexual encounter. No matter what way this is sliced, diced, marginalized, or explained away, Moore should arguably have a public relations nightmare for his campaign. But the problem is he doesn’t.
Oh, don’t get me wrong: there are a few senior republican officials making statements alluding to their distancing themselves, and even a few withdrawing their endorsement from him, but those people do not matter, because you see on that Election Day, the people of Alabama will decide who goes to the United States Senate.
Now, we all know that politics can be dirty, and allegations can surface against a person running for public office, but according to the Washington Post, who did not commence their story on Moore by looking into this issue, but heard rumors about them, over thirty women have come forth since saying the exact same thing while providing details, during their investigative reporting.
Women in this current climate do not go on public record due to the victim blaming that often occurs when allegations such as these are made. So, why would they be lying? The story, in other words, is quite persuasive and convincing.
But don’t tell that to the citizens of Alabama. I saw a recent poll taken this past weekend asking these citizens, fifty-percent of which attend “church on a weekly basis,” as to how this news effects their vote. Are you ready for this folks?
According to that poll, 37% of evangelical citizens of Alabama stated that they “were more likely to vote for Moore in light of the allegations.” And, in addition to this, 33% state that there is no change in their support of Moore. Therefore – as a political writer and analyst – we ought not be surprised should Moore win, despite other polling showing him slipping in the heated contest.
And really, folks: Should we really be all that surprised? Let’s not forget that Donald Trump – who occupies the highest office in our land; the presidency – admitted to sexually molesting women “because he was a celebrity,” and told Billy Bush from Access Hollywood that “they let you do that,” when you are what he is. His admission had absolutely zero effect on the outcome of that election folks. Not to mention that Trump was accused of walking into the girls dressing room, at the Miss Teen USA Pageant, simply saying, “Don’t worry girls, I have seen it all before.” And this was public record before the election. What happened? Did evangelicals do the moral thing by refusing to vote Trump into office? Heck no! Far from it. In fact, eighty-one percent of White Evangelicals threw their support behind Mr. Trump. Worse however, is how they persist in supporting him despite him stating he “has not asked for or felt the need for forgiveness throughout his life,” a cornerstone of evangelical faith, or his persistent lying, setting records never witnessed before in modern-day presidential history.
Case in point: NBC News went to Alabama to talk to some of the people to discern their intent when it came to voting or not voting for Moore. You might be surprised that one person – a Pastor Jerome Cox from Greenwood Baptist Church – says “he doesn’t believe the allegations.”
You also might be surprised to hear a common church attendee named “Carol,” state the following regarding Moore’s alleged crime, after stating “she does not believe the allegations are true, that;
“There’s a thing called grace — God’s grace,” noting that the allegations are decades old.”
As a licensed and ordained minister, I have no clue who “Carol’s” pastor is, or what church she attends. Perhaps it is Rev. Cox from Greenwood Baptist Church, but apparently Carol and her pastor neglect to understand the “consequences part” of the book they preach from which has been a foundational teaching of the Church since its inception.
Moreover, do Carol and her Pastor KNOW with certainty that Moore has ceased this illegal behavior? Even so, he did commit a crime, didn’t he? I mean it is a crime to have a sexual encounter with a fourteen year old who cannot give consent, even in Alabama. And what crime prevents Moore’s opponent from being elected to the Senate, according to so many citizens from Alabama? He is a Democrat.
Even if he has not committed pedophilia lately, as a Judge in 2014, he sided with a professed pedophile who pleaded guilty to sodomizing two fifteen-year-old girls.
In a similar vein, does Paul not say in the very Book we profess belief in the following in Romans 6:1-2?
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Let me be clear: It is difficult to believe this number of people made up their stories about Moore, meaning as he was walking around saying he was “a Christian,” his behavior surely did not live up to his word, did it? Additionally, this is the exact same guy who defied a federal judge regarding his placing the ten commandments in his court, has made some of the most hateful comments about those who are of differing sexual orientation, and Muslims. In other words, he acts holier than thou, and is – if those allegations are true – a hypocrite, criminal and pedophile. And still, evangelicals plan on supporting him.
But, but, “grace.” And that right there is the precise problem we all witness – especially for those of us self-identifying as evangelicals, with the current day church. You see grace applies to “our own,” while “those people” incur the wrath of God. Thankfully, I have NEVER ascribed to that opinion, belief, or conviction, and made all my members aware of my position. Or, put another way; when behavior like Moore’s surfaces, and this is our reaction, we are telling those who we want to trust in a God they cannot see, nor hear, that the rules simply do not apply to ourselves, but only to those outside the church. Grace is only for us while we act as though the rest of the world is going to hell. Talk about entitlement, folks?
It really is beyond disgusting that the people of Alabama are likely to steer Moore into office, in light of these allegations, and worse, that those affiliated with the Church in Alabama do not seem to care. A recent article suggests a possible reason: could it be that the modern-day evangelical is sociopathic?
As a person who is licensed and ordained in the Southern Baptist Convention, my response to that question is a resounding, “Yes.”