I am most certainly among those that find the evidence against Roy Moore extremely credible. Nonetheless let us assume, for the moment, the Alabama senatorial candidate’s innocence regarding all the accusations that have been flying around for the last few days and ask ourselves what is the proper Christian response in this situation.
I’d like to take a shot at answering that question in two different ways. The first way to answer that question is to ask the second and now almost trite question, “What would Jesus do?” For once we do not have to make up an answer to WWJD for Jesus found himself buried in false allegations. All Christians believe Jesus was the only truly innocent man in human history and yet he was tried, convicted, and executed for crimes. Jesus did not protest His innocence. Jesus rebuked those around Him that sought to resist His arrest. He even healed one of those sent to arrest Him. Jesus stood the consequences of deep injustice quietly. No one is asking for Roy Moore’s execution – they are simply asking him to withdraw from the race. The consequences he is being asked to stand for are far less consequential than those that Jesus stood for – a fact that simply amplifies the example of Christ. By example, the Christian thing to do is for Roy Moore to withdraw.
The example of Christ illustrates the ethical importance of Roy Moore withdrawing from the race. That ethical argument is the second way I want to answer the question of “What is the Christian thing to do?”