Our readers write…
Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:00 pm
To The Editor:
I have never written a “letter to the editor” to this or any other newspaper before, but I must respond to two letters published earlier this month in editorials. One lady made a pretty good argument about why she can’t get ahead when she has unpaid bills at the end of the paycheck every month. Her paycheck cannot keep up with rising costs of goods and services.
I could sympathize with the writer until she plainly concluded that editors of this paper cannot be Republicans and Christians at the same time. I can hardly believe that this woman equates Christianity with one’s choice of political parties. Jesus was neither Republican or Democrat. We know that He loved those that were despised and misunderstood, so I am sure He would have felt welcomed in either of our country’s political camps.
However, I can believe that He would be angered enough at the bickering, the character assassination and the expense of this election to start overturning tables once again.
The second writer in the same paper was feeling good about the fact that she is, by her own admission, a liberal Democrat who supports helping the poor with government subsidies. I do not know of anyone who would not give of their time to stand on any street corner and hand out “someone else’s” money to make people smile and make ends easier to meet.
However, the mark of generosity is the personal test. Writer, if you had to sign a personal note on your line of credit, knowing full well that you would never be able to pay off the loan in your lifetime, and that your children would inherit the debt or face the consequences of the bank loaning the money, would you still put your name on the dotted line and feel good about your unbridled generosity?
The first time I ever read about the enormous debt that our country is accumulating and passing on to our children and grandchildren was the in The Messenger and it was written by John Tanner, a Democrat. He was concerned about our increasing debt to China years ago. We all, Republicans and Democrats, had better be concerned about government spending because the entitlement programs absolutely cannot be sustained for the long term as they are. Our credit rating has already taken its first hit. China could play their trump card and call in the note at any time. This is banking business that we can all understand and the prospects are scary.
The hero is not the president or party that promises the most “give-aways” — that’s easy for want-to-be heroes who delight in giving away someone else’s money. The “real” hero will be the leader/leaders who forges creative plans to solve the debt crisis, end the prolonged economic slowdown, reduce gas prices for the short and long term, and make the tough choices by being smart, rather than forever Santa Claus.
Washington, D.C., is not our savior and was never meant to be. I thank God that my Savior is more dependable than Washington and can back up His promises with His own personal blood, not someone else’s currency.
Politics of this world. Christians should all remember that God examines our hearts and not our ballot when He checks His Book of Life.
We are not all using the same yard stick here on earth.
That doesn’t mean that we are wrong — it means we are different. The Bible says, “Judge not that you be not judged.” Please be careful about what you say about others. Is it true, is it kind and is it necessary? That’s the yard stick that Christians must use in any arena.
Published in The Messenger 4.18.12