Ravi Zacharias, the popular Christian faith defender, was exposed posthumously as a sexual predator. This sex scandal has created international turmoil. If Christian leaders are hypocrites, why should anyone give their beliefs a serious look?
Disclosure: I knew Ravi professionally, though not well. I appreciated his communication skills, but did not always agree with his content or presentation manner. I remain grateful for his kind, personal condolences and encouragement after my first wife left me. I was unaware of his sexual misconduct until the news broke. And, of course, I’m deeply concerned for his victims.
Sexual predator’s handbook
Parts of the responsibly written investigative report commissioned by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) after his 2020 death read like PG-13 examples from a predation handbook. His modus operandi included grooming women for sexual favors; providing financial support (sometimes using ministry funds); extramarital relations; nude phone pics; multilingual seduction lines; and more. He even called one sexual partner a “reward” for his Christian service.
Though RZIM’s board now has issued a statement of contrition, it appears some senior leaders resisted corporate transparency as the scandal unfolded. Internal whistleblowers may be among the real heroes in this story.
For instance, RZIM public relations manager and spokesperson Ruth Malhotra wrote a letter to the board chair detailing misrepresentation, intimidation, and cover up: “There have been numerous times over the past three years when I’ve had to push back on direction from Ravi and the senior leadership so as not to make statements—or have statements attributed to me—on behalf of the ministry that I don’t believe or can’t defend.”
So, should we reject a belief system because its leaders misbehave?
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SOURCE: Assist News Service