Letters to the Editor
A letter to the editor in the Sunday Glenwood Springs Post Independent prompted me to write from a different perspective. I’m not writing to say who Jesus would vote for or what Jesus would do. More importantly, what Jesus has done for me and you.
Responding to the Bible verses mentioned in the letter, Matthew 10:8 and Luke 14:12-14, we are instructed to care for those in need and help our neighbor. Each of us makes decisions on how to use time, talents and possessions. Compassion is when individuals voluntarily make these decisions with a motive of serving, and does not come from institutions like government, making decisions with other peoples’ resources.
The definition of socialism is the public collective ownership, assuring each member of society an equitable share of goods, services and welfare benefits. In Luke 11:46, I believe Jesus was speaking of undue religious demand. Many of these were manmade additions to God’s law with matters of no “real” importance. This was not secular government management.
Matthew 11:19 ” Yes, Jesus associated with sinners. He did it to bring them his message and save them from their sins. Every life is important to him. Listening to God may require us to change the way we live. Jesus did not become one of them by sharing or approving of their sins.
Luke 6:27-31 ” As Christians, we are to model Christ-like behavior especially to those (enemies) who oppress God’s people. We can’t do this on our own, only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I don’t believe this means negotiating or compromising his standard of behavior.
Luke 23:35-39 and Matthew 27:22 ” Many did not, and do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Those were and are his opponents. He is the one and only Messiah. Acts 4:12 ” “Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” He is the Savior of all.
Look at what he has done!
In contrast to the polarization and negativity an election season tends to bring, I felt I must comment on a bright spot that occurred on Halloween Night. I was in the neighborhood I grew up in, the very same in which I now take my own children trick-or-treating. There were two uniformed Glenwood Springs police officers present. They were out of their vehicles, handing out candy to children and visiting with parents. It was so great to see these officers interacting with the community, and truly showcasing the good men I know them both to be.
All too often we neglect to look past the uniform, and never see the humor and the compassion that lies within. It was such a great example of our community at its best and most simple. It was also a very effective tool employed by the GSPD to break down those “us versus them” images.
Their presence was truly appreciated, and I thought it was important to thank the Glenwood Springs Police Department for their humanity and their proactive approach to policing!
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