Letters to the Editor

Repentance is key

January 23, 2008

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To the editor:

Cal Thomas' Jan. 19 column is a grim reminder of our nation's moral character. Despite the cited gains in the protection of the unborn, there is no real end in sight. The only real hope that this nation, or an individual, has is to acknowledge our sin and repent as Thomas suggested.

Jesus made this very clear when he responded to two tragic reports in Luke 13. Pilate had killed some Galileans and a tower in Jerusalem had fallen and killed several people. One was a case of blatant murder, the other was what we would call an accident. Either way, Jesus said to those who reported the episodes, "Do you think that those who were killed are worse sinners than the others in these places? I tell you the truth, unless you repent you will likewise perish."

Was Jesus being insensitive. No! He knew that his kingdom message was being ignored (The first words of his earthly ministry were, "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.") It is our sinful nature which separates us from God, and repentance is the only way for a nation, or a person, to be reconciled to a holy God.

The Apostle Paul in Romans 3:23-24 says it more clearly, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."

Carl Burkhead,

Lawrence

Comments

Corey Williams 7 years, 2 months ago

It's now 6.23 am. I bet by the time I wake up this afternoon, this page is going to be filled with posts from people on both sides.

And it will be a rare post that shares any insight without being filled with poison.

moo 7 years, 2 months ago

Cal and Carl, keep your hands off my uterus.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 7 years, 2 months ago

Aren't we all going to perish? Has the kingdom of God ever NOT been at hand? Who are the "all" of the apostle Paul?

"...unless you repent you will likewise perish. Was Jesus being insensitive. No! He knew that his kingdom message was being ignored..." Purely brilliant... Is this "kingdom message" anything like the golden rule? (with threats attached, of course) A whole lot of people believe in the golden rule but not the "kingdom message". Should we assume this damns them to be murdered or crushed and burn in hell for all eternity? If so, that would come off as being a bit insensitive, considering that we're all "sinners" and act so very much the same.

By the way, what brand of repentance do you speak of? Certainly repentance alone is not enough to avoid the wrath and fury and destruction and everlasting excruciating pain of the NOT Insensitive One. I repent every day because I know I sin against my fellow man. I try to show as much love as I can but I am insensitive and fail often. I'm failing as i write.

How dare you use fear to influence the ignorant. How dare you allow your fear to bleed into the lives of others. How dare anyone flaunt their insensitive arrogance, ignorant belief and condescension on a pennant of caring. That's a sin, in my book. Is it a sin in yours?

Corey Williams 7 years, 2 months ago

And so I was wrong. Wow. I thought for sure people would take the bait on this one.

fnord 7 years, 2 months ago

Thats OK, mancityfooty. I thought about goin' off about 'Ol Cal, but then I realized it would be a waste of my time. Since there are basically 2 camps here; Those of us who think Mr. Thomas is a waste of DNA and is breathing air that I could be breathing, and those who agree with him, in that [all] Muslims want us REAL god-fearing people dead, ad nauseum... Was that hateful or poison[ous]? Hope not. I suppose I should just say I totally disagree with 98.9% of what Mr. Thomas says or writes. I don't hate him since I have never met him or rode 16 hours sitting next to him on a Greyhound bus, but then again, I have no desire to do either of those things. Steve Craven

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