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June 13, 2013: Our readers write

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Financial trouble

I understand our country is in trouble financially. What I don’t understand is the fact only a select few Department of Defense civilians will bear the impact of helping. 

Through furlough, only a select few will help to fix the budget. Every employed American should be helping. Why not take a percentage from every American’s paycheck on the first of every month until our financial troubles are met? That way everyone helps, not just the select few. Eight hundred thousand Americans will be paying for the other billions who will benefit. 

Let’s be fair about it. All Americans should be doing their part. 

Linda Whitfield

Vine Grove

 

Scouts honor?

The controversial issue surrounding the Boy Scouts being “gay,” prompted me to express my views concerning homosexuality. One writer expressed disappointment in local churches cutting ties with the Scouts. He went on to say those Christians aren’t being Christ-like, but in the following paragraph quoted Matthew 7, which teaches not to judge. 

Teens bring pressure on themselves by declaring they are gay. How does anyone ages 10-18 know they are gay? They are too young to decide their sexuality. What are parents teaching their children? 

Proverbs 22:6 states: “Raise up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” They may say they were born that way. Well, being born again overcomes being born that way. It is a choice they make. Why is society so acceptant of this immorality? 

Those pastors and churches that have severed ties and decided to no longer charter the Boy Scout troops, God bless you. Those pastors and parents who feel compelled to continue to support this immoral conduct because it seems right, what Bible are you reading? Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. The Bible teaches us to hold fast to the non-negotiable facts of faith, rejecting all who would distort the truth and preach anything inconsistent with God’s word. 

Many Christians, pastors included, disregard the moral values of God’s word for fear of offending or losing some church membership. To let external pressures sway their decisions is belittling the grace of almighty God. 

Ephesians 5:3 and 5 states, “Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity or greed among you. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of God.”

People and the church have the responsibility to pray for God’s intervention and extend forgiveness. When we turn to God in faith and true repentance, He will bear the weight even of gay struggles. 

Cecil Raleigh

Rineyville