I've interacted with hundreds of voters over the past few weeks, and I've noticed that there are very few people who actually want Luther Strange to be our Senator. Those are mostly the ones in the "good-ol'-boys" club of Alabama politics. They like Strange because he's one of their own.
In addition to the "good-ol'-boys," there are a lot of people in Alabama who absolutely hate Roy Moore, and would do anything that they can to stop him from being elected. This crowd consists almost entirely of homosexuals and homosexual sympathizers. These people will vote for Strange because, while they hate Strange's religious views just as much as Moore's, at least Strange has the "decency" to keep his views to himself and not tell them that they are violating the law of an angry God.
Then, there is a group of Christians in our state who don't like Moore, because he embarrasses them. They are like the lazy employees who get upset when a new worker excels at his job and makes them look bad. Moore makes these Christians uncomfortable because he is doing something that they know they should be doing and are not. Moore is taking a public stand on the truth of God's Word and holding the culture accountable for its response to that truth. All Christians should be doing this, and those who do not would rather have a Senator who shares their lackadaisical attitude toward God and His Word.
In contrast to these three groups, however, the majority of those voting in this special election prefer Moore for the exact same reasons that the previous groups are voting against him. Moore's supporters like the fact that he is not a member of the "good-ol'-boys" club of Alabama politicians. They appreciate his willingness to sacrifice his own career in order to take a stand in defense of God's Word, and while many of them have done a poor job of proclaiming God's Word themselves, they are eagerly looking for a champion who will inspire them to do better. These people are voting for Moore because each of them wishes to be more like him.
Unfortunately, there is a fifth category of voters in Alabama, and that is the apathetic voters who are not the least bit interested in fulfilling their responsibility to choose their own rulers. The number of voters in this category far exceeds those of all the previous categories combined. These voters would rather just give up their political duty, and they will eventually get their way as America sinks further and further into tyranny. These people will not vote at all in this election, and as much as they may deserve the tyranny which they are creating, we still must do everything we can to prevent it.
So which kind of voter are you? Are you the kind of person that votes for your friends regardless of their qualifications just because their one of the "good-ol'-boys"? Are you voting out of hatred for one of the candidate's religious views? Do you choose to vote for whomever causes you the least embarrassment? Or do you vote for a candidate that inspires you to become a better Christian and to accomplish great things for God? I trust that no one reading this falls into the fifth category of apathetic voters, but which of the other four are you?
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Bill Fortenberry is a Christian philosopher and historian in Birmingham, AL. Bill's work has been cited in several legal journals, and he has appeared as a guest on shows including The Dr. Gina Show, The Michael Hart Show, and Real Science Radio.
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