I am writing this letter as a response to the disappointing and rude comments posted on The Outlook’s Facebook story May 29 regarding the visit of two candidates for chair of the Alabama Democratic Party. They were referred to as “clowns,” “Satan’s soldiers” and more.
Dr. Will Boyd is the pastor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Florence. He has written three books on leadership and faith. He has a master’s degree in business administration, a Ph.D in religion, a doctorate of psychology in clinical Christian psychology and honorary doctorates in divinity and Christian counseling. He has been a college dean and seminary chancellor. He spends most of his life in service to others. He has done all of this before the age of 50.
Tabitha Isner has dual master’s degrees in divinity and public policy and has spent most of her career as a researcher and policy maker in the field of early childhood education. She is currently executive director of Christian Services for Children (in Alabama). She is also an ordained minister and has been a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and a foster parent. The Isners have adopted one foster child. She has yet to reach her 40th birthday.
We should all serve in such ways. Before you judge someone’s faith or character, get to know your subject. When we actually get to know the caring, faithful people above, it renders terms like “clown” or “Satan’s soldiers” meaningless.