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Letter to the Editor

July 27, 2016
Jim Barnhart , Tyler Star News

Dear Editor,

The headline reads, "At Least 84 Killed in France After Truck Plows Through Crowds Celebrating Bastille Day." Now, my question is "Where is the debate or outcry to limit or ban large trucks?" Sound silly? So does the idea that banning guns will stop people who want to kill.

No, the problem isn't trucks, guns, bombs or any other means by which someone might devise to kill or inflict harm. The problem is that more and more we're growing into a morally and spiritually bankrupt society. We're seeing the result of what happens to a people who largely decide they no longer need Almighty God in their lives. Yes, there are still people who say they believe in God, but those who truly make a daily effort to serve Him, find out what changes they need to make in their lives, or how to acquire His daily protection are greatly lacking.

A good example of this would be the desire to remove the Ten Commandments from government buildings. Again, I ask a question: "Even if you don't believe in God, which one of these principles would you not want people to live by or be reminded?" Even without reverence and respect for the Author, they are good rules to live by. Our society was founded on them. Jesus even made it simpler when He condensed them into two commandments, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:36-40. Now, how many murders, killings or wars do you think we'd see if people lived by just these two principles?

Consider the second part of Ps 127:1: ".except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." Now, my thinking on this is that if the only way a city can be protected is by the Lord, then it's the same for a nation AND for a people.

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

Jim Barnhart

Sardis, Ohio

 
 
 

 

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