I had two things on my mind this week. The most evangelical politician in America (if you look at his agenda) is Roy Moore. I can remember, even in my evangelical days of the 1980s and early 90s, that Judge Moore was known as a great champion of the Christian cause. That was a code word for 1) against homosexuals, 2) for guns, 3) against liberal atheism (such as the establishment in Hollywood), 4) against abortion, and 5) against feminism. These, were the issues that we were taught that God was concerned about. We did not realize that this was a narrative that was created by the conservative, political, movement to entice evangelicals to join them . . . in votes.
I don’t know for sure if Judge Moore is guilty. There is strong evidence that he is, as I read the articles. I was also greatly disappointed in his interview on Fox where he had a hard time remembering if he dated teenaged girls in his thirties and if he did, he had their mother’s permission. To me, that was condemning. If you were to ask me or the 99.99% of men I know, if we dated or tried to date teenaged girls in our thirties, or even in our late twenties, we would all say with great confidence, “Hell no!”
But, once again, the evangelical church wants to come to his defense. Why? Because he has been such a strong supporter of the evangelical agenda over the decades. But are those really Christian standards? Does Jesus really hate the gays, and I mean hate. The evangelical attitude that I remember was clearly hate.
Once again, just like with Trump, the Evangelical church as been duped and brain-washed to the point that they cannot see truth. They don’t want to seek truth anymore. It is no longer an issue of political party. There are many Christian Republicans who have not taken the bait.
Hearing about Judge Moore’s personal history, apparently he was always a man of hard-core (meaning tough) standards. From the time he was in the military (a very strong disciplinary) through his years as a lawyer and attorney general. He was tough as nails. Usually this position, if you look from Freud’s perspective, is a position of great insecurity, much like Donald Trump. We you have great personal insecurities, you act out by condemning, harshly, those who are not like you. This is almost always combined with a narcissistic slant, that leaves you totally blind to your own faults. It’s not partisan. Bill Clinton was like this. One of the most disciplined Christian leaders that I knew, when I was in graduate school and involved with campus ministry, was also having affairs with college girls and he was in his forties. He had no remorse because he saw himself (I think) as so important to God that God allowed him to behave like that.
The second issue was that we got to church late this morning. It is a big, healthy church with about 200-300 in attendance. Standing outside the door of our church were two protesters. I could only observe them from a block away because, despite my desire to talk to them, they took down their stuff and left before I got there. If I have it right, the man was video-taping people walking into our church and the lady had a large sign saying that those who enter that church are on “the road to hell,” and then she had two verses ( I couldn’t read them from my distance). The great irony is that our pastor is preaching on grace and how there should be unity among God’s people.
I can, –barely–relate to these protestors. When I was in college I could see one of my friends doing the same, such as going to a “liberal church” and telling them that they were all going to hell. We would do so, thinking that we were being prophets acting on God’s behalf. The the Freudian view is that we were proud. We thought that were the only ones smart enough and good enough to know the real truth and everyone else were either idiots, or sinners (thus on the path to hell). It would make us feel good, stroking our ego, to have such a protest. I think Judge Moore would have approved.
But what about the Alabama girls? It must do great harm to a 14 year-old girl, still a child in many ways, losing their innocence to a 30 something year old man’s lust. Give them grace.