Letters to the Editor - June 5

June 05, 2012

Williams’ legacy affects our modern times

To the editor:

I very much appreciated Allan Powell’s column (March 25) on the great Colonial American Roger Williams. He remains primarily a figure for historians to study, though his legacy deeply affects our modern times. We’ve inherited his revolutionary spirit and suspicion of unchecked authority when he refused to accept the Puritan religious governance of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and suffered banishment. He then included in the constitution of the newly formed colony of Rhode Island the basis of principle for separation of church and state that our Founding Fathers would use 150 years later.

It is difficult for us today to see his position when most people think being Christian, or America supposedly being formed as a Christian nation, binds everyone together. And this makes a so-called Christian governance appealing. In 1630, there were many different sects of Christians, as today, and they didn’t exactly agree, as they don’t today. Not only were the Puritans of Massachusetts examples of pastors-in-government gone wild, so to (and primarily) was the Anglican Church of England; specifically because the head of that church was the king. He held complete authority not only in secular but in spiritual matters. No surprise then that many of the original colonists came here to escape the state religion of England to worship the ways they wanted freely.

Roger Williams, as Powell points out, was against the government enforcing some of the Ten Commandments. He believed they did not have authority in this realm. He stood his ground for religious freedom and separating religion from government and law. I think he would be proud that just a few months ago, Romney and Santorum stood on the same stage and debated each other as members of the same party, though one was a Catholic and the other a Mormon. In Williams’ day, Mormon beliefs would have been heretical to Catholics and, in some nations, they would have suffered being burned at the stake by the Inquisition. This, of course, was also a punishment at the time inflicted in the Christian Massachusetts Bay Colony when they suspected someone of being a witch. Such laws were made by pastors-in-governance, when there was no separation of church and state.

J. Cooker     

God’s marriage is for a man and a woman

To the editor:

I would like to comment in regard to the law our state assembly passed and the governor signed and also to the president’s announcement of his support for gay marriages.

To the Christian, it is not a matter of “civil rights” but a moral issue. There is not one verse of scripture in the Bible, Old Testament or New Testament, to support gay marriages; to the contrary, the Bible is against such a practice. No “civil rights” law is above the law of Christ.

I realize we are not living under the Old Covenant, and I am glad we are not, but we read in Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” In Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

I surely do not believe we should put such to death, or physically hurt them in any way. I do believe it is still an abomination in the sight of God. I believe Christians should love these people but oppose their sinful ways. I also believe that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their homosexual ways and not because of their lack of hospitality.

The New Testament also condemns such acts. All you need do is read Romans 1:18-32 to see proof of that. Note what the apostle says about the people giving themselves “up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.” Women changed “the natural use into that which is against nature: likewise also men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly.”

God made male and female and he performed the first wedding when he gave Eve to Adam to be his wife, and in doing so he made them “one flesh.” God has never made two men, nor two women, one flesh and He never will. Jesus Christ quoted the scripture that tells us God made Adam and Eve one flesh and in doing so put His approval on marriage between one man and one woman.

With ill to no one.

Pastor Alvin A. Craig

Let’s pursue happiness, with God’s help

To the editor:

Oh, my. Is your heart feeling a little tired and weary? Has a loved one left this world? We have to remember he or she is in a much better place. Has a new health problem arrived? Are problems and tensions and misunderstandings popping all around?

All this plus the state of confusion and unbelief in our government is enough to frighten the most positive thinker. They act like a bunch of school kids fighting each other. Government is not a school kid, but an institution that will with its actions affect all our lives from birth until death. Is our government of the people, by the people and for the people? It should be.

Yes, there are some negatives, some positives, some truths and some lies, some strengths and some weaknesses, some failures and some successes. It takes all these to teach us right from wrong. We have a Savior who is over it all. The only one who can put broken pieces together again, replace sorrow with joy, wash away and forgive our sins. We need to go back to the basics, reading, writing and arithmetic, belief, trust and serve to benefit our future generations.

Happiness is out there. Let’s go for it, of course with God’s help.

Frances Moats

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