I’m sick and tired of hearing a pastor, speaking for a criminal who has been convicted of a heinous crime–in this case, rape (and, consdering what transpired, a hate crime)–and pleading for leniency, calling the perpetrator “a churchgoing guy who can be rehabilitated”.
When former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, convicted of flouting banking laws that he helped write in order to cover up his past as a child molester, awaited sentencing, one former colleague implored the court for leniency, calling attention to his Christian faith!
Christians need to wake up and smell the napalm, accepting that the sinfulness of sin is a big honkin’ deal.
Pastors who get caught in affairs need the harshest of discipline. Instead, such clergy, including those who assault children, often get coddled. As we see in the pages of TWW, those very ministers who are so gung-ho about Church Discipline will not subject themselves to the same standards to which they hold everyone else.
In fact, leadership has, in many such cases, winked and nodded at the offenses, even punishing the victims.
As I’ve said, this dynamic is not about complimentarianism versus egalitarianism, but rather a leadership that is unaccountable to anyone, who refuse to live under the same standards that they demand of everyone else.
And, while the case of Cory Batey is indeed sad–he pissed away a wonderful opportunity, a full-ride scholarship to one of the most prestigious universities in America–it is beyond deplorable that a pastor would plead for leniency and call attention to his “church going”.
We have no small number of mass murderers who were “church goers”. Church-going says nothing of either a person’s character or his or her potential for rehabilitation.