Republican Candidate Roy Moore, the twice-elected and twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court Justice, says the race is about an attack on our Christian heritage and beliefs. An assault on the very foundations of our country. Moore says he is being persecuted by “forces of evil” and thus all of our beliefs are at risk.
Any rational person would disagree. Moore (who does not deserve the honorary title of judge after twice being removed from the state supreme court) is not being persecuted. This campaign is forcing him to face the long-buried truth of his predatory sexual behavior with children, his outlandish “Christian” beliefs and his complete disregard for the rule of law while serving on Alabama’s highest court.
Moore has been obsessed with the 10 Commandments for years, calling them the foundation of our system of government. A judge should know better. The Code of Hammurabi, the first known document to express the idea that human life has intrinsic value, predates the Commandments by several hundred years. That being said, the Founding Fathers were much more interested in Enlightenment thinkers – John Locke on self-rule, John Stuart Mill on Liberty, and others, including Machiavelli, Hobbes and Harrington – than they were Moses.
And then there’s this: As every Christian knows, God redeemed creation through the life, death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is a powerful expression of the story of God’s relationship with his creation. But we live under a New Covenant as expressed in the New Testament through the teachings of Jesus.
While I believe we should all strive for the Christian ideal, it is instructive to compare some of Moore’s ideas to those teachings.
- Likened homosexuality to bestiality and called it “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God, upon which this nation and our laws are predicated.”
- Said that violent crimes in the U.S. such as murder and rape are “happening because we have forgotten God.”
- Called Islam a “false religion” and said it is a threat to the laws of our country. Then lied about Muslim Sharia Law being enforced in parts of Illinois and Indiana.
- Said “God is the only source of our law, liberty and government.”
- Pulled a pistol from his pocket during a campaign appearance.
- Used insulting terms for Asians and Native Americans, calling them “reds and yellows.”
- Insulted, belittled and attacked women who have accused him making improper sexual advances toward them when they were children.
Whether you agree with any of those statements or not, think about how that type of speech compares with Jesus’ utterances.
Before we begin to quote God’s son, let’s consider Jesus’ death. I do not recall any story of Jesus being heavily armed and wreaking carnage on his persecutors as he was dragged to the cross. He went willingly for our sake with no gun in his pocket. For the life of me, I do not understand the term “gun toting Christians.”
Here are Jesus’ own words as written in Matthew in the King James translation of the Bible:
- “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew, 25:40.
- “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:14-15
- “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” – Matthew 5:7-9
- “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” – Matthew 22:21
- “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” – Matthew 22:37-39
Love Roy Moore in the greatest sense of the use of the word in the context of Christianity. Pray for him. But for God’s sake, do not vote for this man.