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Archive for Tuesday, January 28, 1992

January 28, 1992

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To the editor:

Who or what is this continuum called "society?" Does it really exist or is it really a means by which we can salve our consciences? We speak of this thing as if it were a great guiding force of concentrated energy by which we are controlled. We worship it; we exalt it; but don't we really just hide behind it?

Does it really exist? While we are listening to our Walkmans, ignoring our neighbors, seeking material possessions at the expense of our families and others, revelling in our recreation, imbibing in our addictions, throwing away our unborn children, locking up the elderly, pulling the plug on the comatose, avoiding the poor and weak, wallowing in our affluence, segregating ourselves (ironically even in our religiousity), satisfying our sensitivity, discarding the mentally ill and then patting ourselves on the back for being so patriotic and environmentally conscious, are we fulfilling our "social contract with society" spoken of in a Jan. 23 letter to the editor concerning the Martin Luther King Jr. events?

I submit that we have bought into the "Great American Lie," as described in the book of Romans. "Professing to be wise, we have become fools, and exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator."

I do believe that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would vehemently agree! I further submit that history itself proves beyond doubt the fact that dramatic, positive social change can be wrought by those like the Rev. King who are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, because in it is fully reveals the power of a great and mighty God. God have mercy on me for I too have often bought the "Great American Lie."

Steve Allen,

3717 Sunnybrook.

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