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Letters to the Editor

Warnings are appropriate; don’t shoot the messenger!

I have questions. “Should not the people’s voice be heard today?” “What is the purpose of the newspaper?” “What is the purpose of the letter to the editor section?” “What does our Constitution say about freedom of religion and the freedom of speech?”

We often see printed in this newspaper these words from our Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishing of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.”

Questions are important. And so are warnings appropriate and necessary. Should a newspaper be neutral? Should a newspaper be biased? What is the purpose of laws? Are not some of our perceived freedoms limited by laws? It isn’t prudent to allow ourselves to embrace licentious freedom.

Is Abraham Lincoln worth being quoted? He understood that there was an illness within the human heart known as sin. His Thanksgiving Proclamation contains warnings and blessings. His proclamation includes, “It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

Words have a definition and significance behind them. We live in a time where people are constantly trying to change the meanings of words. WARNING: 1. the act of warning: the state of being warned, he had warning of his illness. 2. something that warns or serves to warn especially: a notice or bulletin that alerts the public to an imminent hazard (such as a tornado, thunderstorm, or flood) warning.

George Santayana said, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Winston Churchill slightly changed the quote when he said, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

It has been pointed out to me, though I was not ignorant of the fact, that there are many religions out there. One should ask, can all religions be valid? Answer, of course they can’t.

“If something is true and nobody believes it, it is still true. If something isn’t true and everybody believes it, it still isn’t true.” The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death.”

I am aware that there are different political and religious ideologies in the world. Jesus put before us many warnings. It is important that we get what Jesus said right! It is also important that we understand the claims he made about himself (John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). Don’t shoot the messenger!

Ted Roberts

Princeton

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