(ChurchLeaders) As evidence mounts that Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias was a sexual predator, Christians are reacting with shock, grief, and outright denial. How should we respond upon learning that a revered champion of our faith was for years hiding behavior that was unquestionably evil? One reaction we must not have to the Ravi Zacharias scandal, say Christian leaders, is to downplay what Zacharias did.
“My sadness in watching the allegations break and watching the reports break and watching the reactions break has just been reading comments in social media,” said Dan Paterson, the former head of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) for Australia. In an interview on The Pastor’s Heart, Paterson observed that many Christians are responding to the Ravi Zacharias scandal by saying, “Yes, but we’re all sinners and God works through sinners.”