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OBSERVATIONS OF THE MOORE MESS

The image of the State of Alabama has been irreparably damaged by the Roy Moore mess. Our state has become the butt of jokes by late night talk show hosts, and the press. This will hurt the State both now and in the future. Business and industry will not want to locate in such a state and many of our brightest and best will not want to be identified as Alabamians.

We can observe many ugly things in this mess, some of which exists in other states.

  • We are a divided state. Different mentalities exist. There is a rural vs urban mentality, and educated vs uneducated mentality, a fortress mentality and a hero mentality. The fortress mentality exists among small groups believing that they must stick together and take up for each other. They believe they are right and all others are wrong, and that people are out to get them. Most of their enemies are only imagined. They call that paranoia. Some people are always looking for heroes. Why do you think Roy Moore dresses like a cowboy, and flashes his little pistol? These are shades of John Wayne and Roy Rogers. The era of the cowboy passed long ago. Cowboy heroes were mostly creations of Hollywood.
  • Trump style corruption has been contagious. Moore supporters take the position that the press is against them, taking up one of Trump’s terms, they call the media “Fake News.” Like Trump, they want to control the news. They come out, read statements expressing their opinions, and quickly escape refusing to answer questions from the press. That’s not fair or just. Perhaps the press should stipulate “we will not cover your event unless you answer our questions.”
  • Some religious leaders shame the faith. They undoubtedly have become a part of partisan politics and the fortress mentality, and they love to see themselves on TV. They manage to position themselves behind or alongside major speakers where everyone can see them Shame on them. People of real faith do not use God to further their purposes. They allow God to use them to further His.
  • Some people put party before principle. With them, it’s my party, right or wrong. If he is a Republican, I must support him. That is not true. That same kind of belief brought Adolph Hitler to power. Do the right thing!

It was surprising to hear Governor Kay Ivey say she believed the women who accused Moore of harassing and molesting them, but she had to support Moore because he is a Republican, and the Republicans need one more senator. She lost the respect of many Alabamians when she said that. Some people have forgotten who the real victims in this mess are. Roy Moore is not one. If you feel sorry for him, your sympathy is misplaced. His past is simply catching up with him.

The real victims are the women and young girls that he groped or molested. If you are a parent of young girls, ask yourself how would you feel if some man did to one of your children what women are testifying that Roy Moore did to them.

This mess needs to be settled and settled quickly—not in the court of public opinion, but in a court of law. But let’s be sure the judge is fair and impartial, not one who puts his/her political party above the law.

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ATTACK ADS/8 REASONS TO REJECT THEM

It’s the political season again, and we are being bombarded by attack ads, many of which are so gross they insult our intelligence. Whether they insult us or not, for any ethical person and surely even more for people of faith, there are eight reasons we should reject attack ads.

1. They are filled with lies, exaggerations, and misrepresentations.
2. They rely upon the public’s ignorance of the candidates and the issues.
3. They appeal to the worst side of human nature, hoping to hit hot buttons and stir anger, and resentment that will destroy their opponent’s chances to win.
4. They are unethical.
5. They are immoral.
6. They are unfair; the ones under attack have no opportunity to defend themselves.
7. They contribute to the public’s loss of confidence in all politicians, and sadly, to the political process itself.
8. They are not Christian. Christians are “not to be deceived, but to speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:14-15).

Christian citizenship obligates us to vote and vote intelligently. Unfortunately, attack ads do not help us in this respect. “Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed” (Proverbs 12:19).

CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP

“. . . Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21).

America is in a great crisis. One of the reasons for it is the lack of Christian participation in politics. Politics seems to be a nasty business, which makes most Christians shy away from it. However, we need to be aware that if Christians with love and concern for people don’t run for public office, others with far less noble motives will.

Christ lived in a land which was part of the Roman Empire. Romans ruled and reigned over it. To be a Christian citizen in that day simply meant to obey Roman law and pay your taxes. They had no say-so in their government.

Today, Christian citizenship requires more than that. It amuses me to hear people ranting and raving against the government. WE are the government! We are not ruled over by foreign powers. We can put people into public office, and we can take them out.

President John Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” It is time for Christians (real ones) to stand up, speak up, and get involved. We will never have better government until we have better people in it.

To be a Christian citizen living in a free country means intelligent and conscientious participation in politics so that God’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. What will you do?

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