The Larry Craig Conundrum

Larry CraigOkay, so this isn’t really “a very fun topic” but I had some thoughts about the Larry Craig Situation.

There’s really only two perspectives through which to look at this issue: 1) he is telling the truth and his actions were completely misconstrued, or 2) he is lying and the allegations are true. I’ll say right now that we may never know the truth but let’s examine the evidence.

Craig has completely denied any wrongdoing:

“I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct. I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously.”

When a man gives us his statement, it is certainly wise to give it extra weight. He says his actions were misconstrued and the generous thing to do (and possibly the right thing as well) would be to take his word.

We should also keep in mind that the Minnesota police officer was involved in a sting operation and was on the lookout for this kind of behavior. When we are looking for something we often find it. And everyone I’ve talked to today had never heard that tapping your feet in a public restroom had the connotation that apparently it does. Have I ever accidentally tapped my feet in a public restroom? Probably. Yikes! (What a messed up world we live in.)

We should also consider the evidence against him, though. He did plead guilty so in the eyes of the law he is guilty. There’s also the question of last October’s “outing” of Craig as a closet homosexual by gay activist Mike Rogers. At the time there didn’t seem to be much evidence at all and we all took Craig’s stout denial at face value. This incident brings the whole issue up again and seems to throw fuel on the fire.

The policeman’s statement differs quite a bit from Craig’s. The policeman says that Craig was very purposeful and that there was no paper on the ground nor did Craig pick one up. So somebody is lying. (The whole business about putting the roll-on luggage at the front of the stall seems bogus to me – where else would you put it?)

As I said before, we may never know the truth. Assuming guilt, I’ve seen a lot of comments from the folks on the left accusing Craig of being a hypocrite for his stance against gay marriage. If these accusations are indeed true, it would make Craig a hypocrite, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the morality of homosexual behavior. Regardless of his private actions, he should still be honored for his public actions in defense of marriage.

Remember that this homosexuality is sinful behavior that God finds abhorrent. In a relativistic culture that is constantly pushing the idea that homosexuality is a valid lifestyle choice we must keep our eyes firmly fixed on the truth that God has plainly given us in His word.

If Larry Craig has sinned in this way, then it certainly is a tragedy for his career, his family, and most importantly his relationship with God. But we have all sinned in different ways and are all dependent on God’s grace. Let’s give this man some grace and pray for a healing time for his family. Regardless of the truth, the next few weeks will be a brutal time for them.

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