Russell Moore (no relation to Roy Moore), the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm, “says Alabama judges who in good conscience cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, should resign instead of fighting the law while in office.”
What if judges in Germany refused to approve legal orders to transport Jews to death camps? What if they just resigned? Would that have been enough? A resignation would only mean that a new judge would be appointed who would comply with the order.
A line has to be drawn somewhere.
Russell Moore went on to say that Judge Moore should fight the law as a private citizen. More than 81 percent of the people in Alabama voted to pass a law denying the right of same-sex couples to marry. The fight was done at the private citizen level, and it was successful. It’s up to the civil officials in Alabama to enforce it against an unelected tyranny. A civil official is best suited to fight a civil issue.
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That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Judge Moore and the state of Alabama are securing those rights. They are “governments . . . instituted among Men.”
There is no reason for Judge Moore to resign, as Russell Moore argues, since he is following the law. He is not violating either 1 Peter 2:13 or Romans 13:1 since he is a government official with governing authority under the authority of the governor who supports him.
Why hasn’t there been a call for Judge Granade to resign if she disagrees with the law as it is in Alabama and as it was in more than 30 other states until judges overruled the state rulings?
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