Republicans like Roy Moore like to pride themselves on their steadfast devotion to their Christian faith and heritage. Many of them, including the erstwhile legal arbiter from Gadsden, Alabama by the way, would go so far as to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Bible, sort of the American version of Sharia law. They LOVE to quote the Good Book chapter and verse, cover to cover. There isn't a word in the Bible they haven't committed to memory. But, when push comes to shove, their Bible memories often fail them.
There is a verse from the Gospel of Mark that Republicans really ought to contemplate seriously as they consider what to do about the Senate candidacy of Roy Moore. In Mark 8:36, Jesus gives us a telling lesson about what's REALLY important in living a truly Christian life. He said, and I quote "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?". Substitute the word "party" for man and you have the essence of the dilemma Republicans face in trying to decide what to do about Roy Moore.
From what we've seen thus far, Alabama Republicans have circled the political wagons around the candidacy of Roy Moore. There have even been some Alabama political leaders who have gone so far as to say that even if the accusations against Roy Moore prove to be true, they would STILL support him in order to keep that Senate seat in Republican hands. Think about that for a minute. There are politicians in Alabama who profess to being good and devout Christians who would rather see a child sex abuser in the United States Senate than an honest, up-standing Democrat.
This is the defining moment for the Republican Party, both in Alabama and throughout the United States. The simple fact is that the very soul of the Republican Party is at stake here. If they continue to unreservedly support the Senate candidacy of Roy Moore, Republicans will be saying to the entire world that they truly believe that winning isn't everything, it's the ONLY thing. They will be demonstrating that all their outward religious posturing and their insistent devotion to the word of God is just so much nonsense. Or to quote William Shakespeare, "full of sound and fury, signifying NOTHING!".
It's easy to be a good Christian when nothing's on the line, when it's convenient and advantageous, when seeming to be devout and pious can help to win a large bloc of sincerely religious voters. The rubber hits the road, however, when standing up for what is right and good interferes with one's personal fortunes. That's when the horns of a dilemma become MIGHTY painful. But it's also the time when it is imperative to recall those words of Mark 8:36!
I have no doubt Roy Moore can cobble together enough votes on December 12th to win a seat in the United States Senate. Given the present state of Alabama politics, it would almost seem inevitable. But what then? How far will the Republicans go to hang on to every last vestige of political power their wealth and influence can gain for them? They've already denied a highly qualified judge even the courtesy of a Senate hearing in order to hold on to a seat on the Supreme Court. They've welcomed the Presidency of a self-confessed sex abuser in order to place THEIR stamp on American government. And then there is Roy Moore.
That great political philosopher Ernest Evans, also known as Chubby Checker, put it best when he asked the telling question, "How LOW can you go?". It would seem in the days and weeks ahead, we'll find out just HOW LOW the Republicans are willing to go!
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