Under the shouts of, "Put it back, put it back", The monument with the Ten Commandments weighing over 5,000 pounds was hydraulically hoisted and rolled out of the Alabama State Courtroom, and relegated into a closet at the courthouse. Many had gathered from across America to lend their voices in protest of the removing of this monument. Dr. James Dobson, founder of "Focus On The Family", spoke at the gathering saying. "The present controversy started in 1962, removing prayer from the schools. The next year, Bible reading from the schools. Most recently the Pledge of Allegiance because it says, "Under God". The court is determined to shove this down our throats and I think it's time to say, "Enough is enough". Others accepted the courts findings and said the law must be followed, and took exception to Judge Moore's tactics. One pastor voiced his opinion stating. "We as Christians should be reformers and not rebels". Pat Robertson of C B N said, “The United States Supreme Court is hypocritical. They start their meetings with prayer, but they say school students can't pray. But the courts say, "God bless this honorable court." I think that's a blasphemy to ask God to bless that bunch up there in that Supreme Court. In my opinion, it's blasphemy. But secondly, they also have the Ten Commandments in their courtroom. So let's get jackhammers to the Supreme Court of the
United States and cut those things out of there if we're going to be consistent with what the Supreme Court has said. But that's the national government, and they have the Ten Commandments".

So the debate continues for now and very likely for a long time to come. Let me weigh in with my humble opinion. First of all you can't relegate God to a closet, He's too big for that. But one of the things I am concerned about is God saying, "So you don't want me any more in your Nation, Alright, I will withdraw my hand from America." Then what? We may soon find out. Anyway, there is one thing that no court in the land can do and that is to remove God from our heart. Jer 31:33 "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." While this is addressed to Israel, remember, that we too, by faith, are the children of Abraham. The Ten commandments written on your heart is better than upon stone any day.

Pastor Earl Bergman
Jasper, Arkansas
Christian Church

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