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Letters to the Editor

Letter: God’s agenda

June 10, 2014

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To the editor:

The editor’s remarks in the June 7 Saturday Column about “partisan politics” and “the darker side of elective politics” are true regardless of one’s political affiliation. The same could be said for other “professions” where something to be gained is at stake.

Why do people do this?  It seems simple: People are selfish and when they work for a common cause, the character of their product doesn’t change because they work with like-minded people. One could say that what they are wanting is a noble cause, e.g., helping the poor, cleaning the environment, ending a war or providing everyone with affordable health care. If the result is so noble, then why is there a need to hide or ignore the facts?  It’s because we want our way; nothing else matters.

The Bible has some simple truths which would resolve our nation’s ills: Love your neighbor (even your enemy), do unto others as you would have them do unto you, do not demand your own way, give and it shall be given to you, deny yourself and take up your cross, etc. But we don’t really believe these truths work. Why? Because we want to do things our own way; be selfish. What does Jesus say, “repent;” i.e., don’t live our lives our way, but God’s! Our individual lives and that of our nation (present and future) depend on this simple truth. Righteousness exalts a nation and its people.  Forget your politics, remember your future depends on God, not your political party or partisan agenda.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Carl, Carl, Carl, get a grip!! There are none of us mortal humans that have any idea about the motives of the Divine Power of the Universe. There are hordes of "religious" folks who are willing to impress their take on "God" and other "religious" icons

The hard truth is that every word written about any religious topic, Christian, Islamic or any other religious agenda, has been concocted and recorded by human beings, people who were just as given to a certain agenda as anyone of us. The "Holy Bible" we have today was created by the Council of Hampton Court convened by King James in England in 1611. It contains all the thoughts and regulations of the King of England. The penalty for NOT supporting the King of England and his projects was to have your head cut off.

That is not to say that we should ignore the truths presented in the "Holy Bible" but reason and intelligence of the human mind matter also.

Leslie Swearingen 6 months, 1 week ago

Sounds good on paper, but it ain't going to work. Why? Because each person has their own particular world view and perception will always be more important than reality. The most important lesson we can take away from the television show, The Walking Dead, is what the scientist at the Atlanta CDC told Rich, we are each of us carrying the virus that turns people into walkers and it just takes the right conditions for it to manifest itself.

Hershel was the one who actually lived his faith and kept life on an even keel, but he is gone, killed by the radical governor. This show is a microcosm and a metaphor for life as it is today.

Tammy Yergey 6 months, 1 week ago

"One could say that what they are wanting is a noble cause, e.g., helping the poor, cleaning the environment, ending a war or providing everyone with affordable health care. If the result is so noble, then why is there a need to hide or ignore the facts? It’s because we want our way; nothing else matters. What would Jesus do?"

What would Jesus do?

He would not help the poor because there are too many people who take advantage of the system.

He would not end a war because he believes in war and not peace.

He wouldn't want to protect the environment, the earth that he left under our watch, because that would mean that we might not have as cheap of oil. or electricity, and businesses would possibly go under.

And of course, Global Warming is not real, so even if we are polluting the earth, it really isn't going to cause the earth to heat up, so who cares?

He wouldn't want people to have affordable heath care because if they can't afford it, they don't deserve it. (But hey, it's okay, because I have Medicare, so I'm covered. Medicare isn't welfare is it?)

But the liberal left is hiding facts that might prove this all wrong, (or at least partially wrong), so I don't want my taxes to pay for helping these people. But I'm okay with paying taxes to fight a war.

Because it is all about me...

That's not the Jesus that I know. My Jesus ate with the sinners and criticized the devout Pharisees. My Jesus forgave the criminals who hung on crosses next to Jesus. This doesn't mean we have a free rein to sin all we want, but he recognizes we are sinners, and He was our ulitmate sacrifice. In your world, you better pray for forgiveness on your deathbed because if you sinned that day, you may not make it to heaven.

That is really sad. For me, I want to help others even if it costs me. That's my Christian responsibility.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

What would Jesus do? Hmmmm...I wonder. I wonder what he would think of modern events.

I wonder what he would think of politicians that bandied the Name of God and Jesus to serve some sort of debauched and otherwise unreasonable political posture (like our bible-toting governor)

I wonder what Jesus would do if he knew that his Name was used by commercial interests to advertise their product, "Christian Mingle" for a dating site, "Christian Psychology" for a highly dubious mental care facility, You get the picture. "What would Jesus drive" Hopefully a message of love and acceptance through your possession-centered brain.

What would Jesus do? I think that he would express anguish and despair at the deplorable attitudes of so many in our "modern" thought process and society.

Bob Forer 6 months, 1 week ago

So Carl, whose interpretation of the Bible are you prosposing we follow? Yours?

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