Roy Moore, A Man For All Seasons
In my career as a TV producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries, I've had the privilege of interviewing all sorts of movers and shakers within modern Christendom. I've seen them on camera and off camera.
One leading example of such is the Hon. Roy S. Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. From 1995 to 2003, I traveled to that state about ten times with a TV crew for Roy Moore-related cases. Now he's in trouble again---for sticking to his guns. I'll get to that in a moment.
Moore noted, "When I first put the Ten Commandments on the courtroom, I thought it was very fitting since it is the foundation of our laws, the foundation of our country. And I thought it also represented a return to the thing we need most in society, which is a return to morality."
He viewed this as obeying his mandate as a state official: "We do the very thing that the state of Alabama in its constitution says we are to do by invoking the 'favor and guidance of Almighty God.' In the beginning of this country, when they wrote the First Amendment, when they wrote the Constitution, they did not think that an acknowledgement of God was an establishment of religion."
The monument had the Ten Commandments on the top, with quotes from American history all around the sides. Once again he was sued by those who were "offended" by seeing it. Regrettably, he lost that job in 2003 because he wouldn't remove the monument even though federal judges ruled against him.
He's saying that since the U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled one way or another definitively on same-sex marriage as a constitutional issue, the federal judge is going beyond her authority, having no jurisdiction to order a state or local court to act in violation of Alabama's constitution.
He said about this case in reference to the Supreme Court: "If they had ruled on marriage, we wouldn't need to be going to the United States Supreme Court in April... There is no law right now that overcomes the Alabama Constitution."
Roy Moore is a hero because he is the same in season and out of season. He is indeed a man for all seasons. Since our lives are essentially ruled these days by our "robed masters" on the federal court, may God raise up more men and woman of Christian conviction like him---especially judges.