It seems like every week there is another scandal from Anthony Weiner to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Although these scandals can make us doubt the morals of our country, the ones dealing with supposed religious leaders tend to hit deeper. I mean, if we can’t trust the people who are supposed to lead us and keep us near Christ who can be trusted? And then it makes it even harder to prove God’s existence to non-believers.
The question now becomes, when referring to religious scandals, do we let man’s falls affect our belief in God. Everyone knows the bible verse, Romans 3:23, “We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” but do we really separate man’s shortcomings from God’s existence. When asked Katheryn Sosa answered, “My faith is my faith and I will always believe what I have been taught.” Yet there have been so many people I have met through the years who find it hard to understand, their argument being why would God let someone get into leadership who would just abuse it. This being a valid argument all I can say to those neigh sayers is God gives us the choice to do the right thing. It is up to us to take the path of righteousness.
You can not judge an entire group of people by the actions of a couple of public figures. Charna Wilson agreed by saying, “…You can not judge a whole group based on the actions of an individual because they do not speak for or represent the entire group.” Many times the media loves to focus on when religious leaders fall. Because of this when non believers hear about these stories they tend to believe that this is how all Christians act. And if somebody who doesn’t have a relationship with God believes all Christians are hypocrites, it makes it easier to continue their lives without God. We need to show more responsibility through our actions. Sometimes the best testimonies are the ones seen and not heard.
So with all of this being said, how do you keep the faith in God when His people keep falling? First of all realize that just because somebody is a man or woman of God doesn’t make them God. Teric Gross added, “Nobody is perfect and I don’t expect the men and women of the church to be neither.” Learning to not be judgmental is another factor to keeping your faith during religious scandals. Matthew 7:1 says, “Stop judging so that you will not be judged.” We have no right to judge anyways. Just because their sin is in the public and yours is behind close doors doesn’t make you more “holy.” Often times we put too much faith into our leaders in stead of God. These leaders are just humans led by Christ as we are.