The controversy surrounding accusations against Roy Moore are causing huge rifts within not only the conservative republican ranks, but among the Christian ranks.
While there is often good reason to be skeptical of accusations levied in the heat of a political race, there is also good reason to examine the evidence surrounding the case and make a decision based on merit, not party affiliation.
Radio host Erick Erickson explains when Christians should be very, very thoughtful before rushing to defend someone like Roy Moore, and challenges Christians to ask tough questions and seek out truth before rushing to judgment. Otherwise, Erickson posits, we are no different than Aaron, who wasted no time in creating idols for the people to worship when Moses had gone away. He made a golden calf and the people began worshipping it, not long after the Israelites were liberated from Egypt!
Unfortunately, according to recent surveys, people view Christian evangelicals are the most likely group to accept and excuse deviancy.
How much deviancy are we willing to justify in order to gain what we think is good? Are we just making our own golden calf and completely forgetting that God is ultimately the one in control? Erickson says we often forget that God is going to take care of us come what may, and so in the meantime we’re willing to justify “the bad thing just because we think it’s going to help us.”
But are we doing more harm than good?