Letter: What you choose
When people fail to study and learn about their stated faith, they travel a sad and confusing road. Thousands of books are written, explaining what this faith or that faith means, and many are very helpful—but for Christians, the first and the last book to read is the Bible.
All books are written by man, but the books of the Bible were written and inspired by God. God’s book and its message do not change. His commandments were first written by God Himself on tablets of stone, but thereafter He inspired His disciples to teach all of mankind what He wants for all of us. From Genesis through Revelation, we are taught how to live and what is good and what is evil. Yes, evil exists and when our minds are focused only on ourselves and what the world is offering, we begin to envy those who may have more of those things we desire.
Do you notice how often we make an exception from the rules for ourselves if that exception will get us what we want? This will become a habit and when it does, we end with rules so full of holes that they are useless. Then, someone else uses that exception for their desires. Do we notice? Do we believe they are right to do this, even if it interferes with our desires?
Greed and envy breed hatred and this is not what God wants for any of us. All the excuses in the world can never justify the results of envy and hatred. Right now, there are Americans who are angry, demanding more of almost everything, and at the same time there are people who hate Americans for the same reason, envy, making exceptions for their violence and hatred. This envy destroys whoever bends to it and the only place we will find a better way is in the Bible.
Jesus never took another life. He did not demean women, but lifted them up. He literally gave His life for every human born: past, present and future. He unifies sinners by His death and resurrection and all of us need to know that so as not to be taken in by false claims and the promises from the world. In the world there is suffering and also joyous times, but those times of joy never come out of greed or envy, but from Him.
If you choose a person to follow, to trust and to emulate and he or she encourages envy and the belief that more is better, that you are entitled to everything someone else has, be careful, because you will then find that you are the next target. Greed and envy are universal and we really do reap what we sow.
The freedom of choice is one of America’s gifts to all of us and the first person to give this gift was God. We had some very smart and wise Founders, not perfect because man can’t be perfect, but they did know what America needed and how we can keep it. It is my prayer that Americans will open their minds to the truth of how we grew as a nation and choose to honor God’s gift.