Christians against Roy Moore should not celebrate MLK Jr., says theology professor

Christians who oppose former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore because of the sexual misconduct allegations against him should also not celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., according to a former theology professor.

(REUTERS / James Lawler Duggan / File Photo)Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks at the Values Voter Summit of the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, U.S. October 13, 2017.

On Dec. 1, The Gospel Coalition published an editorial by Joe Carter that called on Christians to make the "nonpartisan" option of not supporting any morally compromised political candidate instead of merely choosing the "lesser of two evils." In response to Carter's write-up, New Testament scholar Robert Gagnon called out the publication's apparent hypocrisy for supporting King, who allegedly had extramarital relations with multiple women, The Christian Post relayed.

"It is okay to celebrate MLK's life despite the immorality throughout his career but not okay to vote for Moore despite the allegations of immorality from his very distant past?" said Gagner in a note posted on his Facebook page, alluding to a conference celebrating MLK which TGC will host in April. "Is that because Joe and others didn't want Moore to be elected even before the allegations about sexual misconduct came out? We can adopt one policy for people we like and another policy for people we don't like?"

Gagner was referring to accounts of King's scandalous behavior, including stories told by the latter's closest confidant Ralph Abernathy. The Christian professor also pointed out that the allegations against Moore have not yet been proven.

Carter, on the other hand, said he was not involved with the upcoming MLK conference and could not say anything on behalf of TGC. He added that he could not vote for King in politics if the latter were also accused of sexually assaulting women.

Meanwhile, Democrat candidate Doug Jones won against Moore in the recent Alabama Senate race. His lead over Moore increased in the wake of the sexual allegations as the election loomed closer, The Australian reported.

In the final results, Jones garnered 49.9 percent of the votes in Alabama. Moore, on the other hand, had 48.4 percent.