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Letters to the Editor

Should not God’s voice be heard today? Of course it should

A resounding yes to the question! Of course it should. “Wisdom calls aloud in the streets, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech.” (Proverbs 1:20-21) This would include the streets of Bureau County.

There are many issues being discussed and debated today. When I was in school, we had a class that discussed current events, and we also had a history class. Christians have a right and a responsibility to speak on issues facing us today, such as abortion, homosexuality, how God defines a family, religious liberty, socialism, gender babble, how God’s principles apply in politics, accountability, repentance, and so forth.

These issues speak a lot about America’s conscience or lack of it. They are heart issues. How we long for peace and tranquility.

One of the titles of the Holy Spirit is comforter. What are some of his other attributes and purposes? Jesus said, “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8)

Matthew Henry said, “The coming of the Holy Spirit was absolutely necessary to the carrying on of Christ’s interests on earth.”

Man has opinions, but it is the Holy Spirit who convicts the conscience and softens the human heart, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23) Christians belong to Christ that we might bear fruit to God (Romans 7:4). Christians rely on God’s word as their source of guidance, and 75 percent of Americans polled profess to be Christian.

Jesus often answered people’s questions with a question; his questions are of the utmost importance for “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

Conviction is a good thing although very uncomfortable at times as we grow through the sanctifying process for “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)

Are you a book reader? There are 27 books that we as Christians should put on our list of books to read, for there are 27 separate books in the New Testament consisting of 260 chapters. A reasonable, attainable goal is to read one chapter a day.

This means one can read through the New Testament easily each year. Jesus said, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

Jesus gathered around him ordinary people, fishermen, despised tax collectors, prostitutes, many with a willingness to repent and learn. The Bible makes a clear division between good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness, male and female. Ephesians 5:14 says, “Wake up, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Ted Roberts

Princeton

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