Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Return of Judge Roy Moore (The Ten Commandments Judge)

Judge Roy Moore Returns!

      Roy Moore was ousted from his position of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court nine years ago for acknowledging God.  The people of Alabama voted again to make Judge Roy Moore the Chief Justice of their state in the last election.  
       Roy Moore was not unaccustomed to controversy.  A few years before the showdown with the granite Ten Commandments monument, he was a County Circuit Judge.  He was directed to take down a hand carved plaque with the commandments by an Alabama Circuit judge. He refused to do it and became a hero.  The governor of Alabama at that time, Fob James, made it clear that he stood solidly with Roy Moore and said with no uncertain terms, “Try to take the Ten Commandments out of this courtroom . . . and you’ll be staring down the barrel of a few dozen M-16s.”  The case was later dismissed on technical grounds.
  I still remember listening to the radio back nine years ago when all the controversy raged again over the Ten Commandments and Judge Roy Moore's refusal to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments at the Alabama Judicial Building.  My thoughts of the case were very different then.  I remember thinking,"What's the big deal with keeping that big rock there when this good guy could keep his job if he'd just listen to the higher court?"    It was obvious, barring a miracle, that Judge Moore's job was in jeopardy.  My reasoning was that it would be better to have the man keep his job and continue to serve justly in a hundred more ways than just keeping a big rock at the court.  My views on this have changed a lot since I've had a better opportunity to hear Roy Moore's reasoning.  I didn't have the privilege to know the whole issue from bits of information I heard from the media.
    What caused me confusion was that I knew a higher authority than Judge Moore had directed him to remove the commandments.  What Judge Moore knew was that there was a higher authority than the federal judge.  He knew that the Alabama constitution gave acknowledgement that our freedoms come from God.  He knew the first amendment was given to protect the church from the state, not to deny God rightful acknowledgement. He also knew that God is the final lawgiver and all laws that would seek to deny God his rightful acknowledgement are not true laws.  To disobey unlawful laws would not be a crime, but a duty.  There is a difference between the rule of law and judicial tyranny. This is what our founding fathers recognized, this is what the apostles knew, and there are still a few good men that are able to see this.

    
America the Beautiful? by Judge Roy Moore

America the Beautiful or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims' pride; I'm glad they'll never see

Babies piled in dumpsters, Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty; your house is on the sand.

Our children wander aimlessly. Poisoned by cocaine,
Choosing to indulge their lusts, when God has said abstain.

From sea to shining sea, our Nation turns away.
From the teaching of God's love and a need to always pray.

We've kept God in our temples, how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool, and Heaven is His throne.

We've voted in a government that's rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges who throw reason out the door,

Too soft to place a killer in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby before he leaves the womb.

You think that God's not angry, that our land's a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait before His judgment comes?

How are we to face our God, from Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do, but stem this evil tide?

If we who are His children, will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face and mend our evil way:

Then God will hear from Heaven and forgive us of our sins,
He'll heal our sickly land and those who live within.

But, America the Beautiful, if you don't - then you will see,
A sad but Holy God withdraw His hand from Thee.


~Judge Roy Moore      

                                 This video is a short biography of Roy Moore
 
References:
This article from the Vision Forum gives a great review of Judge Moore's legal battle for the Ten Commandments:  

http://www.visionforumministries.org/issues/news_and_reports/god_must_be_acknowledged_2.aspx

Peter and the apostles said without apology, "We ought to obey God rather than man." Acts 5:29:
http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Act&c=5&t=KJV#29
 

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