One of the hardest questions I always get is: “Pat? Are you a Christian?” I honestly never know how to answer that question.

I believe there’s a God and I’m not Him. I believe his Son died for my sins. I believe I should always try to do what’s right and moral.

But do I know the Bible, scripture, and verse? Nope. Do I attend church every Sunday? Nope. Do I surround myself with solely other Christians? Nope. In fact, some of the people I call “friends” have very checkered pasts.

So I don’t know. Am I a Christian or aren’t I? No clue. Do I want my faith to grow and be healthy? Absolutely.

But the reaction I’ve seen from some of Roy Moore’s supporters on social media has shaken my faith.  Especially some of the reactions I’ve seen to the accusers and the attempts to justify away, Roy Moore’s admitted behavior in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  Sadly, many of those reactions have come from people I look to as principled Christians, for guidance.

The first four accusers in the Roy Moore case didn’t seek out the media.  The Washington Post sought them out.  After several interviews, the women still didn’t want to go public.  It wasn’t until the Post pressured them with 30 corroborating witnesses, did the women relent.  These women are in their 50s.  They never said a word, as Moore progressed through his career.  Every indication is, that they intended to take their burden to the grave with them, like so many women unfortunately, do.  Yet, even under those circumstances, they were blasted on social media as liars, women of ill-repute, and “probably paid off”.

One in 6 women in this country, will be a victim of some type of sexual abuse, up to and including rape in her lifetime.  Think about that for a moment.  One out of every six women that reads those attacks on Roy Moore’s victims on social media, either has been or will be, a victim of sexual assault.

And people wonder why women are hesitant to come out.

The other issue that’s I believe, speaks to our moral equivalency as a country, is the numerous times I’ve been told  that whether or not I believe it to be immoral for a 32-year-old man (who admitted to) dating high school girls, doesn’t matter due to the fact that the Bible doesn’t specifically prohibit said behavior.  As I said above, I’m no Bible expert, but I believe that there’s no specific prohibition against slavery in it, either.  It strikes me as moral relativism to imply that an issue that the Bible neither condemns nor condones, must therefore, condone it by default.

I was originally angry with all of the division over the Roy Moore issue.  Division over what amounts to a mere 1/100th of the US Senate.  But now, I’m just heartbroken.

Heartbroken over watching friendships dissolved over the issue.  Heartbroken at the moral relativism.  Heartbroken at my wavering faith.  And especially heartbroken for the women who are survivors, yet remain in their own, silent hell, afraid to speak out and having each attack they read on the accusers feel like another twist of the knife.

Whatever side of the issue you’re on, whatever your faith, I implore you:  Before hitting “send” on that next post on social media, try to remember that others are lurking and reading.  Ask yourself if you would say the words to a survivor of sexual or domestic abuse.  Ask yourself if you would say the words to a newcomer to your church.

I’m not a very good Christian.  I’m a broken, and sinful person.  I’m flawed beyond belief.  And if someone like me can consciously make the effort to be more gentle in my approach, I would hope that those I look to for spiritual guidance can do so as well.

Let’s stop hurting each other.  Intentionally or not.

3 comments
  1. Just about every single name that has come forth as an attack against Moore has been someone proven to have strong connections to the Democrat cause or else is a total fraud in and of themselves……proven in instance after instance…..so, Mr Moore remains 100% innocent, save in the only court that seldom recognizes any form of law (not man’s nor God’s), the ‘court’ of Public Opinion (OPINION being the key part of that……no evidence or truth required in that court and often it is not allowed and completely ignored when presented).
    Anyone that claims to be a Christian, but is against Mr Moore on the basis of these accusations, is showing the World (through their Life Fruits) that they ARE NOT a Christian…..for God IS truth, and would NEVER ‘convict’ anyone in the court of public opinion or on the basis of any ‘case’ created therefrom, He would ONLY listen to the facts of a case and the facts in this one point clearly to Mr Moore being falsely attacked for political reasons.

    1. Steve, the fact you’re judging someone’s relationship with Christ on the basis of how they view these allegations made against Judge Moore says more about your poor theology than those you are blasting.

  2. You have so poisoned the well in your article that it’s difficult to respond. But I will try anyway. 1st, it’s not about a mere 1/100th of a percent of the senate. It’s about who writes the laws of our land, laws that make it legal for a woman to murder her unborn child. The margins are razor thin in the senate.

    2nd, you say you don’t read your Bible very much. Well, there is a verse where Jesus says that the path is narrow, and only a few will find the way. One can only conclude from that that there aren’t very many Christians in the first place. And we can also conclude, if we think it through and not be emotional about it, that one need not be a Christian to support Moore over a Marxist, pro-abort like his opponent. And it need not surprise you if non-Christians act like non-Christians when they attack his accusers. Why would you ever lean on a faith so weak that Roy Moore and his caustic supporters upset it?

    3rd, like it or not, what you believe about an older man being attracted to younger women is mere opinion, and the Bible is not silent on slavery. For one man to force another to work for him against his will is theft. But then again, so is printing money and confiscating one neighbor’s property and allocating it to another. It’s also against the law to murder. Moore’s opponent supports all of these things.

    4th, is the idea of redemption. the Bible says that when a man is born again he is a new creation. Paul, the writer of most of the New Testament persecuted Christians and God saw fit to arrest him in a personal way, and change him. The writer of “Amazing Grace” was a slave trader. And last and probably also least, I was a whore monger. As for me, I don’t have to wonder if I’m a Christian because I am very much a new creation. Now while you may look at Moore as the same man he was 40 years ago, and you might see John Newton as nothing more than a slave trader, or me as a whore monger, I am glad to say that God does not. Paul wrote:

    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

    5th, Our federal government has institutionalized sodomy, a thing that the Bible is absolutely not silent about. It wants to normalize so-called “transgenderism”, and it not only allows, but pays for, the murder of the least of these among us, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Roy Moore has stood steadfast against these things for many years in a way that most men wouldn’t dream of, up to and including being cast out of office. And it’s that reason, and not these other reasons, that I, and many others, think he is so hated. We expected nothing less than these sorts of accusations if he won the primary. I am convinced that no one ever thought he could. So now he must be destroyed, and here you are minimizing all of it.

    6th, If Moore has broken any laws, then those laws ought to be cited and a case made by the magistrate against him. God laid out laws for Israel for just such a thing. The accusation was not enough. But God went a step further. He said that if the accuser perjured him or herself, that that person would receive the penalty that the defendant would have received. In this day people are free to accuse with impunity. And when the accusations are made against a man like Moore, then they are blown out of proportion, and subjected to relativism’s sensibilities.

    7th, Division is to be expected, not because I say so, but because Jesus says so. Satan is very effective in first politicizing a thing, then telling Christians they can’t then talk about them. As a result, even Christians who go to church every Sunday are naive when it comes to who will make the laws in our land, and whose “morality” will be used. It’s all abstract for most of us, and we get comfortable, and then one day they come back to haunt us and we don’t know what to do.

    Lastly, when you wrote this article, you had to hit the send button. I don’t find it offensive that you wrote it, only naive. I can almost follow your thoughts as you revealed the negative feelings you were having, while having no compassion for those who have negative feelings on the other side of your argument, such as it was. And then it was as if, once you aired your grievances, you asked people to stop airing theirs, because of women “survivors”, as if unborn girls don’t count, and as if Roy Moore, because he has been accused of something that has fallen short of the standards of our modern sensibilities, has done things that have turned women into “survivors”.

    I’m sorry that this has shaken your faith. I’d suggest submitting yourself and your time to the Body of Christ, wherein you will not be so easily shaken, and where you will be challenged in your orthodoxy and orthopraxy, and find joy in His members, even if a man that the world hates, and so calls him evil, is supported by your brethren.

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