An Open Letter to Christian Supporters of Roy Moore

Friends,

I write as a Christian theologian to warn you that the path you’re walking is hazardous both to your spiritual health and to the reputation of your church and your faith.

Many years ago the Apostle Paul encountered a group of people such as yourselves- supporters of immorality and willing to turn a blind eye to the evil being done in your midst and to your faith.  Paul wrote those people these words:

It is widely reported that there is sexual immorality among you, immorality of a kind that is not found even among gentiles: that one of you is living with his stepmother. And you so filled with your own self-importance! It would have been better if you had been grieving bitterly, so that the man who has done this thing were turned out of the community.  For my part, however distant I am physically, I am present in spirit and have already condemned the man who behaved in this way, just as though I were present in person.  When you have gathered together in the name of our Lord Jesus, with the presence of my spirit, and in the power of our Lord Jesus,  hand such a man over to Satan, to be destroyed as far as natural life is concerned, so that on the Day of the Lord his spirit may be saved.  Your self-satisfaction is ill founded. Do you not realise that only a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?  Throw out the old yeast so that you can be the fresh dough, unleavened as you are. (1 Cor. 5:1-7)

To be sure Roy Moore isn’t sleeping with his step-mother.  He’s doing something worse.  He’s a molester of children.  You may choose to ignore this fact, call it fake news, or view it as a liberal conspiracy; none of those evasions matter.  The fact is, Moore’s deeds have hurt the faith he claims to hold and your support is equally harmful.  You are obliged to cast Moore out.  Perhaps he will repent, perhaps not.  That is less your concern than the matter of your own betrayal of Christian faith in your support of evil.

Paul later writes to this same wrongly-behaving congregation these words:

Put yourselves to the test to make sure you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Do you not recognise yourselves as people in whom Jesus Christ is present? – unless, that is, you fail the test.  But we, as I hope you will come to recognise, do not fail the test.  It is our prayer to God that you may do nothing wrong — not so that we have the credit of passing a test, but because you will be doing what is right, even if we do not pass the test.  We have no power to resist the truth; only to further the truth; and we are delighted to be weak if only you are strong. What we ask in our prayers is that you should be made perfect.  That is why I am writing this while still far away, so that when I am with you I shall not have to be harsh, with the authority that the Lord has given me, an authority that is for building up and not for breaking down. (2 Cor. 13:5-10)

Silence in the face of evil is the greatest failure of authentic Christian faith.  So far, you’re failing the test.  Perhaps because your faith isn’t real.  But if it is real faith, act like real Christians and reject, renounce, and decry evil.  That’s what real Christians do.

One thought on “An Open Letter to Christian Supporters of Roy Moore

  1. Angela Somers-Wittman 20 Nov 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Praise the LORD! Well said. Thank you.

    Like

Comments are closed.