Thanks for political coverage
It seems to me that the platform that more closely resembles the teaching of Jesus ought to determine our vote. Taking care of the “least of these” is the final exam in Matthew 25. The Sermon on the Mount calls us to a clearly defined value system. The actual words of Jesus ought to be paramount in our decisions.
Also, Erik Tryggestad’s protestation of wholesale forwarding of e-mail, true or not (Views, Page 35, September), was a most timely reminder for Christians.Thank you for shining light in dark places.
Aline Edson | Cedar Park, Texas
Just read your column on e-mail. It was very good. I, too, get veryfrustrated at the smear articles that people read and, because they fitwith their preconceived notions, forward on with full assurance oftheir accuracy.
Christians should learn to operate at a higher level ofintegrity. Thanks for your column.
Warren Baldwin | Ulysses, Kan.
Reader stays in area for church
Thanks for your very positive article on the White’s Ferry Road church (Churches That Work, Page 19,September). I echo the words of my brother who stated that many peoplehave stayed in this area because of White’s Ferry Road.
I am a teacher, and could make more money teaching in states other thanLouisiana, but I am one of those who has stayed because of the church.
Scott Nelson | Monroe, La.
FeedbackI think it’s interesting that many have written in to say that we should vote for candidates that will use taxpayer money to do the charitable work that Christians should be doing. When an individual gives to a needy person or cause most or all of that money goes to the person in need. When the same amount of money is given to the government to give to the needy person or cause a very small portion of that money actually goes to the individual. It is eaten up in the cost of the bureaucracy. I don’t think the government is the best way to help others. The main job of our government is to protect “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for the people. Redistribution of wealth is not the job of a democratic government that is socialism and has been tried and failed all over the world. If your professor announced that if you studied and passed all of your tests you would pass the class; however, if you don’t study and flunk all your tests you would still pass how many students would bother to study. Or if your employer advised you would get paid the same amount whether you did your work or choice to do nothing, how much work would get done? Jesus told us (Christians) to take care of the poor not the nameless impersonal government. How can we have an impact on individual lives if we have left charity up to the government? Since the financial records of the candidates are available I think I would look at the individual’s charitable contribution as part of my judgment of their character not how much they want to spend of our tax dollars.,October, 2 2008