Letter: A response to “Tough questions?”
To start off, while I respect personal opinion, I found R. W. Boyle’s letter to be quite rude and offensive. I think Boyle should take to heart that you can disagree with someone without being disagreeable.
In regards to the situation surrounding Kim Davis and her view on same-sex marriage, I think it’s important to remember the country we live in. When America was founded it was meant to be a place where everyone could have religious freedom, from the average worker all the way up to the federal court judge. So Kim Davis taking a stand for her beliefs should not be the object of attack just because she is a judge. Even judges are entitled to religious liberty. If we start condemning her for taking religious liberty what will that say about the country we live in?
Now I would like to address the vexing questions that R. W. Boyle brought up. While it was clear that Boyle was sarcastically making the point that answering these ethical and biblical questions are not the job of our leaders, let’s consider the historical facts. Our first leaders, the Founding Fathers, were men of religious conviction.
James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” said, “We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments.” Thomas Jefferson also said, “I am a real Christian — that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.” Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshiped.”
Religious convictions are important to all people, leaders and non-leaders alike. So we should not be offended when leaders allow their beliefs to influence their decisions. Our beliefs define who we are and so it is impossible for anyone to separate their beliefs from their decisions.
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