Roy Moore scandal: Christian response is to avoid condemning without evidence

The initial response to the sexual allegations against Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore may be to distance one's self from him, but the Christian response would be to avoid condemning without evidence, according to Christian apologist Michael Brown.

(REUTERS / Marvin Gentry)Judge Roy Moore speaks as he participates in the Mid-Alabama Republican Club's Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, U.S., November 11, 2017.

In an article on the World Net Daily, Brown acknowledged the gravity of the sexual allegations but also explored the idea that the scandal could be politically motivated. Judge Moore reportedly had a number of political enemies, so it was possible that this was "a political hit job," especially since the issue just recently emerged after 40 years.

There were those like Katherine Timpf of the conservative National Review site who urged Christians to condemn "predators," but there were still evangelicals who continued to stand by Moore despite the allegations. Brown said Christians ought to drop their support for the embattled judge if he was indeed guilty of sexual misconduct, but there were also reasons to doubt the validity of the allegations against him.

For Brown, the issue could have surfaced just recently because women nowadays feel more empowered to finally come out about what happened in the past. On the other hand, there was also the question of how Moore was able to become part of the Supreme Court of Alabama where he later on became the chief justice without these issues and allegations emerging at the time.

In light of the situation, Brown believes that Moore should step aside if the sexual charges against him are true. And if the allegations were merely political hits, then Christians ought to take the "innocent until proven guilty" road and pray that the truth will finally come out before voting time.

Meanwhile, Moore said he was being harassed by media over the issue slapped against him. Speaking at a church conference in Alabama on Nov. 14, he noted that the allegations only emerged in the last few days of the election and it was "all the press wants to talk about," CNN reported.

Nevertheless, Moore said he wants to discuss the issues against him and how the country's future would look like if people did not return to God. He viewed this predicament as an attack on his Christian faith and part of his "spiritual battle."