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July 11, 2005


To the editor:

On July 4, we celebrated our many freedoms that other countries do not enjoy. Freedom, though, has boundaries set by standards and responsibilities. Changing the standards without accepting the responsibility to adhere to and uphold them has weakened the protection of those boundaries and has resulted in decay of the society.

People make sacrifices to uphold the standards our founding fathers set. To found our nation, much sacrifice was endured: deprivation, starvation, little or no monetary compensation to the men or their families - and the shedding of blood.

Today, some of our neighbors are sacrificing their blood to protect us and our freedoms. They lay down their lives for others because meaningful purpose prompts sacrifice.

However, meaningless blood sacrifices are being made. These sacrifices are made to greed, selfishness, jealousy and other self-centered gods. These sacrifices are made by drunken drivers, murderers, rapists, abusers and such. The death toll from drunken driving is so much higher than the death toll of our troops in Iraq, but what purpose do the deaths caused by a drunken driver serve?

Our people defending us die for a purpose and with honor. Our country is free because of the sacrifice of our troops. I am also free because of the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice freed me from eternal death and gives purpose to my life. Even my physical death will complete my purpose and be followed by eternal rewards.

Margie Hinkle,



Richard Heckler 12 years, 7 months ago

Bring the troops home now and charge drunk drivers a $250 education fee over and above the other financial charges. Suspend drivers license for a minimum of one year and notify insurance companies throughout the USA. Yes their insurance should be cancelled.

Also we need to set up a minimum security rehab center which could house alcohol and hard narcotic addicts. Actual treatment should be part of their "punishment". Dry them out.

mefirst 12 years, 7 months ago

Thank the Lord, Amen, Halleluljah! By the way...what's your point?

craigers 12 years, 7 months ago

Her point was that Jesus sacrificed His life for each one of us and gives us the benefits derived from his sacrifice. You can either choose to accept it and have your life changed, or disregard and never become a born again Christian.
2 Cor 5:17 - If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone, and the new has come.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 7 months ago

Why do real christians need to be born again? That is absurd.

I was taught God and the son of God loves all...this born again stuff is nothing more than fraud and worth a lot of money to some.

craigers 12 years, 7 months ago

You have a natural birth, and you need to have a spiritual birth. Jesus is quite clear in His word, He even told Nicodemus that in order to enter into the kingdom of God you must be born again. Born of the spirit is what he is referring to. Merrill, if you look at the book of Galatians it will tell you of the gospel you are referring to, corrupted and preverted. Any gospel that takes away from the sacrifice Jesus made and his resurrection is preverted. God loves all and wants all of man to turn to him in repentance, but He will not just accept all because of His love. You must be born again and be covered by the blood of Christ. Don't just believe what you are taught, you must read and discover the true meaning for yourself. Merrill, I hope you do read the bible and search for these answers because they are there.

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