It is official: theological literacy in America has reached a new low. This was established Jan. 17 when new Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley created a firestorm of controversy through his comments at a Martin Luther King Day speech in the Montgomery church where King once preached. Speaking to a diverse gathering at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Bentley dared to appeal for the conversion of his hearers. In today’s politically correct climate, that was taken as a scandalous act.

After clarifying that he was color-blind and that it was imperative for Alabamians “to love and care for one another,” Bentley proceeded to make an appeal for his hearers to embrace Christianity. According to Fox News, the governor said, “There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit. But if you have been adopted in[to] God’s family like I have, and like you have if you’re a Christian and if you have been saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers.” According to ABC News, Bentley went on to press his appeal: “Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”

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