Stone Idols

Judge Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of the Alabama State Supreme Court had a monument of the Ten Commandments installed in the court building of Montgomery in 2001. A federal judge told him he had to remove it because it violated the seperation of state. Judge Moore disagreed and refused to have it removed. Last week was the deadline to remove it. The deadline passed and the monument was still there. Judge Moore’s associate judges refused to back their Chief Justices resistance. The bottom line is that the statue will be moved out of public sight and Chief Justice Moore has been suspended with pay pending a hearing into the matter by a board that can censure or remove the judge.

While all of this has panned out there have been hundreds of protestors kneeling and praying outside the courthouse in the oppressive August weather that typlifies summer in the deep South. This is the aspect of the story that I want to address and I want you to consider the second commandment on that monument in context to the protests.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Looking at pictures of this monument and the awe that the protestors appear to hold for it in the pictures of them in the news articles I began thinking how much like an idol this monument is becoming. People attending these protests are doing so knowing in some cases that they will be arrested for trespassing. This show of reverence for a stone (a graven image?) is disturbing.

I’m very sure that all of the protestors are good and sincere christians. I am also sure that they are there because of genuine concern over the direction our country is heading. What concerns me is that these fine christians are being set up by a charismatic and ambitious politician to break the very commandments that they believe they are trying to protect.