Letters to the Editor - May 13

May 13, 2012

It is senseless to place labels on Jesus Christ

To the editor:

I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. With more and more frequency, twice in the past week or so, I read doubts about the existence of God and confusion over who exactly Jesus is. Just let me throw this out for any doubter, skeptic or unbeliever. In Heaven, there will be only two things that this earth contains. God’s Word, which is the Holy Bible, written by God Himself, using men led by His divine spirit over hundreds of years to convey His message of love, redemption and salvation. The other, will be all through countless ages who have acknowledged Jesus Christ as their individual, personal Savior.

Unlike religions on earth that demand so many prayers each day or other acts of works, Christianity is predicated on a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. We are then given a new heart and mind for the things of God. Yes, we become new creatures. As new creatures in Christ, we oppose murder, i.e., abortion, the killing of innocents. Most of us, I can only speak for myself though, consider the environmental extremes as man’s denial of our creator. We should be mindful of our resources, but to pretend that we can control our environment is presumptuous, at the least.

To label Jesus as a Democrat, Republican or whatever is senseless. One day, He will reign on this earth for a thousand years.

I submit that most of you, if you diligently pray and seek His face, will be able to read and grasp the truth of who is in control. He is the Lord of Lord, King of Kings. His name is Jesus, and He loves you.

Richard Baumgartner

Pitts’ column misinterpreted freedom

To the editor:

In a recent Leonard Pitts column, he not only discriminatorily endorsed Matthew Vines’ opinion that the Christian view of freedom from sin is bigotry, but that any such person following this theology is a bigot. Unfortunately, such a stance is now transforming journalism into an agent of undisguised academic dishonesty.

According to Pitts, many theologians of the past and present who have spent a lifetime researching and redacting the original languages of the authors and cultures of the Bible misinterpret freedom. Where did he receive his theological credentials? What gives him the right to insinuate discrimination and eyeball the existing line defining marriage between a man and woman for repositioning?

Where is the conclusive research that indicates harm done to same-sex relationship by traditional marriage? Aren’t there other questions that should be asked first? For instance: Is discrimination or bias necessarily wrong?

Here are some questions from theologian Albert Mohler to think about: “Is it discriminating when a person avoids asking a child molester to babysit their children? Isn’t the law itself an instrument of comprehensive discrimination? Are not some crimes classified as misdemeanors and others as felonies? Do we not allow some persons to teach in our schools but not others?”

Why doesn’t Pitts attack Islam or other religions whose tenants also endorse marriage between a man and a woman? It is obvious that his column is a direct attack on Christianity.

Pitts’ reliable presupposition rests on a “video.” Yes, a video from Vines, a liberal who “slices and dices” scripture. This dishonorable expositing method could unfairly drive any bonafide hermeneutical practice into the annals of the Smithsonian.

As much as Pitts kowtows to Vines and would like to label him an inside Christian, Jesus of the Bible would not. Jesus was and is the author of life change. He clearly states that followers must deny themselves and lose their worldly lifestyle to live.

For the record, Christianity does not recognize human freedom as freedom at all. Christians are to be surrendering, submitting slaves of Christ, for he paid the price for them. What some describe as freedom is only depravity in a flagrant dishonest world.

Pastor Scott Johnston

Space exploration must focus on use of robotics

To the editor:

Reading Charles Krauthammer’s column, “Surrendering space,” I was wondering once again why intelligent columnists must comment on questions they are genuinely incompetent about. They are not doing us — or themselves — a favor.

Space exploration is a complex technical matter, and what Krauthammer and many other conservative commentators and policymakers do not understand is that we are not trying to occupy space. What a childish idea, really. No, we strive to explore space — and yes, that drives innovation and technology.

But there is one thing we do not need to explore space: Human spaceflight. Forty years ago — Apollo for those who remember — we needed astronauts to explore the moon. And Krauthammer is quite right, the Chinese are today catching up with what we did 40 years ago. Good for them.

But America has moved on. We are beyond human spaceflight. We have developed technologies that obviate the need for sending humans into space. Robotic probes can explore space faster, better and cheaper than astronauts — a lot cheaper.

And that makes programs like Constellation a waste of money. Call it “pork,” call it “boondoggle,” call it “the rocket to nowhere.” Since the end of the Apollo program, human spaceflight has achieved nothing, while robotic space probes have returned mountains of knowledge about the earth, the solar system and the universe.

Krauthammer is right; we need to invest money in scientific research, including space exploration. But let’s invest the money where it brings returns — with robotic missions — not throw it into a bottomless pit with human spaceflight.

Hans K. Buhrer

Remember your mother every day of the year

To the editor:

It is that time of the year when we celebrate Mother’s Day on the calendar. However, I feel every day should be Mother’s Day. Moms are so precious and they are the glue that holds many families together. Moms are there to be with the children and, my, how they love to brag on their grandchildren.

My mother is now 83 years young. She could write a book on the love of a mother. She was always there and she never gave up on any of our projects in life. Even in her twilight, she wants to do so many things for all of her children.

As a youngster, I remember my mom preparing food and baskets and taking them to families who had lost a loved one, or out of her abundance giving vegetables to those in her extended family. I wondered as a little boy if my mom ever took time to sleep. Undoubtedly, each of you have so many stories to tell of your mother.

Hard work pays off, they say. Today, I am busy filling boxes and delivering food to many in the Eastern Panhandle with the abundance that God has given to our church ministry. Sometimes, I reflect on the days past when my mother and father did the exact same thing from their gardens.

Moms are special blessings, and they have given so much to every family they represent. If your mom is still living, please send her a card, call her on the phone, send her an email, text her or, more importantly, go visit with her if you possibly can this week.

No other person’s love will ever exceed the love of our mother. I thank God for having two godly parents and for my mother and all she sacrificed for me as a young boy. What a great blessing I receive daily from my mother and her values. May you have a great Mother’s Day as you celebrate it with your mom, if she is still with you. For those who have lost their mom already, concentrate on the precious memories she left with you and she will never be far away from you.

Ron Payne
Hedgesville, W.Va.

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