Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, the son of God died in agony while nailed to a tree. Pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, Jesus willingly offered himself as a spotless sacrifice to spare the world from its sins.
Roy Moore won a political primary some 40 years after allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl. There is no comparison.
In fact, as a general rule, it seems almost heretical to compare anyone, let alone an imperfect politician, to the perfect savior. But that hasn’t stopped supporters of the Alabama Republican from comparing Moore’s struggling with allegations of pedophilia to the persecution of crucified Christ.
Speaking with CNN, Jerry Moore declares his brother’s innocence, arguing that the Senate hopeful never had dalliances with underage girls as the Washington Post first reported Thursday. “The allegations against Roy Moore are not true, not true at all," Jerry says before engaging in a little impromptu deification. Moore is facing persecution, his brother says, “like Jesus Christ was.”
But while everyone has their cross to bear, and suffering is a necessary prerequisite to sanctification, no one has had God the Father turn his face away. As awful as the allegations are against Moore, his trials pale completely in comparison to Christ. Alabama politics is nothing like Calvary.
Unfortunately, the brother is not alone in his divine comparisons. In an earlier interview with the Washington Examiner, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler not only seemed to confirm Moore had a thing for younger women, he also compared those relationships to scripture.
“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Zeigler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
Everyone from Stephen Colbert to Jake Tapper have piled on in a subsequent and swift inquisition. Obviously, Joseph and Mary never had sex to conceive Jesus, they point out, correctly citing the Virgin birth.
A wall of separation between politicians and sacrilegious comparisons to Christ ought to exist. Such comparisons should be avoided at all cost. To do otherwise is neither politically safe nor spiritually right.