We know now that there are good reasons to believe the allegations that he has used false credentials and had an “inappropriate” relationship online with a woman other than his wife.
Now, I confess that I have never listened to Ravi Zacharias for more than a couple of minutes and I have never read any of his books.
I have no idea what or if he has contributed to the kingdom of God.
I do know that the evidence strongly suggests that he shouldn’t be representing Christ or Christians to the secular world at this time.
His organization says that they will answer all these allegations, but they said that quite a few days ago.
Experience tells me that they are doing what other groups caught in scandal have done of late, which is to let the news cycle pass them by and and find redemption in the short attention spans of the public.
What if, however, he actually told the truth and repented?
What if he admitted he falsified his credentials and confessed his moral failure?
What if he agreed that his academic record would be corrected in his public record and writings and agreed to spend the next couple of years in therapy away from the public?
What if he publicly apologized to the woman (or women) he manipulated for his own pleasure?
What would we do with Ravi then?
I would consider him worthy of Christian forgiveness and restoration as his repentance would speak louder about his apologetic then any of his books or speeches.
Now, if you think any of that will actually happen, you probably think you’re going to get rich from the email that nice man sent you from Nigeria.
What will actually happen is that his organization will say as little as possible and blame some combination of atheists, liberals, the devil, Democrats, and bloggers for maligning him.
Christians, (who love their celebrities) will embrace those explanations and heap scorn those so named.
He’ll have to scale back a bit for a while, then it will be as if he’s never sinned.
Julie Anne will be called everything but holy.
The church in America will once again demonstrate its priorities.
We will once again demonstrate why we must rely on political power instead of the power of the Holy Spirit.
I hope I’m wrong.
I’m probably not.