Letters for December 12, 2019

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The Curse and its Remedy

When is the last time you heard a sermon on the “curse” from Genesis 3? When our first parents, Adam and Eve sinned, the consequences of their disobedience had a devastating effect not only on them, but on all of creation. These include death, disease, pain, suffering, thorns, pests, etc., not just for humans, but even for the animals that had nothing to do with Adam’s tragic choice. Many try to blame God for these effects. But the blame can only be attributed to Adam and to us by extension.

Thankfully, God is rich in mercy toward His creatures. He said to the serpent (the devil),”I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; He shall bruise your head (Jesus will crush Satan’s head) and you shall bruise His heel. (Satan will strike His heel)” (Genesis 3:15) The Old Testament contains many references to a coming Messiah, who would restore the entire creation, including the animals, to their original glorious perfection. (Romans 8: 18-23) But it would be 4000 years before these promises were secured in Jesus Christ. And the promised restoration is yet future, some 2000 years after the “last, or second Adam” secured it by paying the penalty for the first Adam’s sin. (1Corinthians 15:45) Because Jesus was born of a virgin, He did not inherit original sin from Adam. He lived a sinless life, and then allowed sinful men to crucify Him, so He could pay the penalty for your sin and mine. By placing your trust in Him, you can have your sinful nature, inherited from Adam, expunged, and have it replaced with Christ’s righteousness! “For as by the one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s (Jesus’) obedience the many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19) “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)  In the words of the great hymn writer, Charles Wesley: 

“Come, Desire of Nations (Haggai 2:7), come!

Fix in us Thy humble home:

Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,

Bruise in us the serpent’s head. (Genesis 3:15)

Adam’s likeness now efface,

Stamp Thine image in its place:

Second Adam from above,

Reinstate us in Thy love.

Hark! the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the newborn King!”

For those who have been reinstated into the love of God through faith in His Son, Jesus, there will be a glorious restoration, described like this: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life (seen first in Genesis 2) with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be anything accursed (the curse of Genesis 3 finally removed), but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.  They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”(Revelation 22:1-5)

Do I really believe all this? You bet I do! All of the prophesies concerning the coming Messiah were perfectly fulfilled in Jesus. Unlike politicians who make promises they can never keep, God has always kept His promises. That’s why I believe Him.

 Ed Hill – Franklin, N.C.

Frightening statement from top law enforcement 

In a recent speech announcing the recipients of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing, Attorney General Barr declared that critics of policing in unspecified communities, “have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves. And if communities don’t give that support and respect, they may find themselves without the police protection they need.”

That is the most frightening statement I have ever read from a law enforcement official, and Barr is the top law enforcement official in the country.

His statement is an abdication of the obligation of law enforcement to enforce the law, irrespective of creed, color, or money.

Successful, effective and fair law enforcement is dependent on not only cooperation between the police and the policed, but also on a degree of trust that such enforcement will be fairly applied. Barr is calling for respect be the result of a demand from those who carry badges and guns. A corrupt police force does not deserve respect. And to follow that with a barely veiled threat to withdraw policing if such unearned respect is not given; Only dictatorial or failed states would even contemplate this.

He is a disgrace to the law, a disgrace to his education, and a disgrace to the U.S.

 John Barry – Franklin, N.C.

 

Entering expensive phase of disaster correction

Rachel Carson, legendary scientist and writer, made this profound statement in her 1962 classic environmental book “Silent Spring,” “We are accustomed to look for the gross and immediate and to ignore all else. Unless this appears promptly and in such obvious form that it cannot be ignored, we deny the existence of hazard.” This statement is referring to the hazards of exposure to chemicals used unwisely in/on our environment. 

To me, a U.S. Navy veteran, this scientific observation can certainly be applied to our current crisis with Russian election meddling. The least expensive phase of almost all crises is prevention (if prevention is at all possible). Since we did not prevent Russian meddling we have entered into the more expensive phase-minimization of damage that has already occurred. This phase is severely complicated by the fact that Donald Trump doesn’t just express doubt about the analyses of our intelligence agencies-he steadfastly denies the accuracy of them all. Sadly, he doesn’t even propose deterrence to Ukrainian meddling that he himself falsely alleges. Can you show us any patriotism in that?

Thus, Trump has failed to prevent anyone from meddling. And,  he continues to refuse to spearhead an effort to minimize the Russian damage that has already occurred. We are, therefore, entering into the most difficult and expensive phase of our disaster-correction. 

If our democracy is to survive we must begin vigorous operations to secure our 2020 elections. We must prevent further erosion that Trump has ignored at our peril. This Congress must awaken to the danger that Trump has created by cooperating with Vladimir Putin.

 Dave Waldrop – Webster, N.C.

 

Why we dislike him? Let me count the ways

To the gentlemen who could not understand why so many people dislike Donald J. Trump, please allow me to give just a “few” reasons:

1. Mr. Trump has filed bankruptcy a half dozen times. 

2. American banks stopped loaning him money because he would not pay them back. 

3. He would not pay contractors who did work for him, forcing many to lose their businesses.

4. Trump University was a fraudulent venture in which he was found guilty and had to pay restitution.

5. Trump Foundation (a charity) was shut down because Trump and his family used many of the funds for personal use.

6. Trump cheated on all three wives and tried to cover up $130K payments to two women—one a porn star and the other a Playboy Bunny—in 2016 when he was running for president.

7. Trump’s own voice is heard saying he can do whatever he wants with women because he’s a star, even grabbing their private parts. Later, he claimed the voice was not his, which was a lie.

8. Speaking of lies, Trump has no problem lying if it serves him well. He is known for his litany of lies.

9. Trump said John McCain was not a war hero and after McCain died, Trump continued to disparage him.

10. Trump attacked a Gold Star family who lost a son in the military.

11. Trump attacks our allies and tries to befriend our enemies.

12. Speaking of befriending our enemies, Trump went on the world stage along side Vladimir Putin and dismissed all of America’s top security experts who said Russia interfered in our 2016 election.

13. Trump runs the presidency on chaos and brags about making decisions that come from his gut. 

14. Trump does not read and does not take advice from top experts, and he brags that he knows more than any of the advisers who are there to help him make decisions.

15. Trump expects loyalty from everyone around him, but he does not reciprocate that loyalty. Read Chris latest Christie’s book “Let Me Finish.”

16. Trump’s tweets spew hate, division, lies, and they show the world what an out-of-control angry, vengeful person he is. 

17. Trump acts like a mob boss and uses his executive powers for personal gain, i.e. Ukraine.

Putting the conservative agenda aside to answer the gentleman’s question, the above is just a small example of why so many people dislike Donald J. Trump. You can say I’m gullible and the above is all fake news – but you would be wrong – and you can also call me “human scum” because that is what Trump calls me.

 Carol Mayer – Franklin, N.C.

 

Missing medical designation can be costly

I recently had a simple skin procedure at a doctor’s office, only to be very surprised months later by an inordinately costly medical bill. After much wrangling with every party involved, a series of dominoes became clear. First, because of missing a simple designation, my insurance treated the procedure as outpatient, rather than office visit. This, in turn, resulted in all charges being out of pocket towards my deductible, rather than co-payment. The missing magic designation that makes all the difference for my insurance? Three words: primary care physician. I had evidently not indicated that, so the office did not submit the bill designating the doctor as my primary care physician, and I paid the price greatly.

I had also found, after requesting the detailed itemized bills from the physician and facility, a discrepancy in the coding, turning a simple skin procedure into a complex – and more costly ­– one. Out of frustration, I paid the bill shortly after receiving it. But the office manager has agreed to re-bill it with that magic designation, so I hope to one day receive a substantial reimbursement.

I’ve heard, and can believe, that medical costs are a common factor for bankruptcies in America.  I have to wonder how many of those costs have the potential to be reduced – without even taking better care of ourselves.

Jesse Urban – Franklin, N.C.

 

Is this what making America great again means?

George Washington led Americans in The Revolutionary War defeating a tyrant, King George III, and giving birth to democracy. Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention creating a new system of government, separating power into legislative, executive and judicial branches. Each branch checks the others to prevent abuse of power. The legislature is given power to impeach and remove corrupt government officials. Asked to be our first president, Washington postponed desired retirement to serve his country again.

In WWII, President Franklin Roosevelt joined Allied nations to defeat aggressive Axis dictators. Although crippled by polio, he joined world leaders coordinating strategies to achieve victory and create lasting peace. Roosevelt inspired creation of the United Nations to promote peaceful solutions to world problems. This reflects his last full measure of devotion. He died just before its first meeting.

In 1962, Soviet Dictator Khrushchev began building missile bases in Cuba, threatening the United States. President John Kennedy ordered a naval blockade around Cuba stopping Soviet ships carrying missile materials. The threat of war ended when the Soviet’s dismantled the missiles. Russia also attempted to spread its influence in Western Europe. It occupied East Berlin and acted to gain control of West Berlin. Khrushchev backed down after Kennedy increased our military presence in West Berlin. Kennedy halted Soviet threats, facing down an aggressive dictator.

Donald Trump embraces dictators like Putin, abandoning our democratic allies. He weakens our standing as leader of free world democracies, reducing our support of N.A.T.O. and the United Nations. Presidential candidate Trump voiced acceptance of Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. Not surprising, some of Ukraine’s diplomats spoke out against Trump. Ukraine’s government took no position in our 2016 presidential election. Trump and his Republican supporters are promoting the fiction that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in this election.

This narrative was created by Russia, currently under sanctions for interfering in our 2016 election. Sanctions are hurting Russia’s economy. Putin and Russia’s oligarchs hope to have sanctions lifted by blaming Ukraine. Our entire intelligence community concluded Russia, not Ukraine, interfered in 2016. Russia has invaded Ukraine. Trump sought to withhold legally authorized military aid to Ukraine it desperately needs to fight Russia’s aggression. Trump conditioned releasing this aid on Ukraine’s President announcing an investigation into Trump’s political rival. This is bribery. Trump has committed impeachable acts, violating our Constitution.

Patriotic Americas fought and died, to protect and defend our democracy. Republicans protect and defend Donald Trump, betraying their sworn allegiance to the Constitution. Previous presidents fought dictators, Trump falls in love with them. Is King George III Trump’s role model? Is this what “Make America Great Again” means?

Margery Abel – Franklin, N.C.

 

Witch hunt grasping at power straws

President Trump was spot on once again by saying the current shenanigans going on in Congress is a “witch hunt.”

If you know history you can see the comparisons to the witch hunts carried on by our early settlers in the New England states. Hundreds were accused of being witches and some 20 were actually hung.  One group of girls complained that a 5-year-old girl was a witch and she was jailed as a result.

Many young girls said they had witnessed witches doing their thing and some even said they experienced visions of the witches attacking people. More broke down in a court trial and screamed and wailed and went into a stupor. Of course there were no real witches and it turns out parents were encouraging their daughters to lie so the parents could grab the property owned by the accused witches.

The bottom line is that if you repeat a lie enough times people will begin to believe it. This is precisely what we see going on in the Democrat controlled Congress right now.

Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler keep lying about what President Trump is or has been doing.   Fact is, it is surprising to see how many people are suckered into believing the lies.

Combined with some of the Communist/Socialists people who would love to bring America to its knees we could lose our country so many worked so hard to build.

You better believe China will be pouring money into the 2020 elections to stop President Trump from winning.  They don’t want a balanced trade deal. China is not going to approve a trade deal in the hopes Trump will be taken down. They will back Biden since his family owes them so much money.  

Europeans and other countries don’t want to pay their fair share of defense and would rather have us foot the bill for their defense. Just in Okinawa, we pour billions into their economy and they would go broke without our bases there.

The Europeans are happy to have our bases in their country because our service people spend their money in their cities.

So far, I have been unable to find any honest testimony from anyone during the recent impeachment hearings and found it filled with hearsay and some outright lies.

In the meantime, we deal with the absurd and we must all work to grasp what’s really going in the DC swamp.  

The Socialists have been diligently working for over 80 years to arrive at this point in time and we must decide who we want to follow, President Trump or the liars?

Let’s be honest, every president from Washington to Lincoln to Roosevelt to JFK to LBJ to Obama could have been impeached under the standards set by the Socialists currently ruling Congress.  But note they turn a blind eye to their own corruption.

 Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.

Donald Trump shouldn’t be president

Think about it. Donald Trump shouldn’t be president. He much preferred committing business fraud to make him rich, so now he uses his political position amass his wealth.

He admires murderous dictators.

He alienated America’s closest allies.

He divulged classified information to foreign officials.

He publicly undermined American intelligence agents while standing next to Putin, a hostile foreign autocrat.

He pressured the leader of Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election.

He urged Russia to intervene in the 2016 presidential election.

He encourages foreign leaders to enrich him and his family by staying at his hotels.

He obstructed justice by trying to influence an investigation into his presidential campaign.

He violated federal law by directing his lawyer to pay $280,000 in hush money to cover up two apparent extramarital affairs.

He called for his opponents and critics to be investigated and jailed.

He uses a phrase popular with dictators, “the enemy of the people,” to describe journalists.

He attempts to undermine any independent source of information that he does not like, including judges, scientists, journalists, election officials, the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the Congressional Budget Office and the National Weather Service.

He has tried to harass the chairman of the Federal Reserve into lowering interest rates.

He claims that federal law-enforcement agents and prosecutors regularly fabricate evidence, which damages the credibility of criminal investigations across the country.

He made his fortune partly through wide-scale financial fraud.

He refuses to release his tax returns.

He lied to the American people about his company’s business dealings in Russia.

He spends hours on end watching television and days on end staying at resorts.

He declines to read briefing books or perform other basic functions of a president’s job.

He lies every week about the economy, voter fraud, even the weather.

He denigrates John McCain, a deceased  war hero and United States senator.

He ordered children to be physically separated from their parents and kept in dismal, overcrowded chainlink pens.

John Barry – Franklin, N.C.

 

Congress simply providing oversight

Imagine if you will, that your neighbor has reported to police that you have been buying stolen goods. The police come to your home and ask if they can look around your property. You tell them to come back with a search warrant.

The police come back with a warrant signed by the local judge. They again ask you if you would let them look around your property. You refuse again.

A judge to issues a subpoena that summons you to appear in court, so you can explain why you did not honor the search warrant.

When your court day comes, you refuse to go to court. The judge then issues an arrest warrant for you for failing to obey a court order.

When the sheriff comes to your house to serve the warrant, you refuse to answer the door. In fact, you barricade the door and windows.

Now, in the second situation, would the police find your refusal to cooperate suspicious? Would they be wrong to suspect you have something to hide?

What do you think?

Previously, another Congress pursued the truth about whether or not a previous President had an extramarital affair, a transgression which is neither illegal or unconstitutional. That president was subpoenaed to testify about this affair.  That president honored the subpoena but then lied to Congress about the affair. For lying to Congress about his extramarital affair, that president was impeached. Was that an attempted coup? I don’t think so. The Congress was simply exercising its right and requirement to provide oversight over the Executive Branch.

Today, we have a president who has publicly admitted that he attempted to bribe a foreign leader to influence an American election. This is both a Federal crime and breach of trust with the American people. He has refused to honor any and all the subpoenas issued by Congress to him and his administration.

You and I may not agree that his actions were crimes or breach of trust.  It doesn’t matter what we think. What does matter is that our Congress has determined it has seen enough evidence to pursue an inquiry and that our president has refused to honor those subpoenas. Claiming this Congress is attempting a coup, or is committing treason, is wrong and irresponsible.

Our founding fathers put the Congress in the First Article of that hallowed document for a reason. They determined a body of elected representatives would not be easily swayed by an errant executive and that the Congress has the responsibility to keep the Executive branch honest and trustworthy.

You and I may not like this Congressional inquiry but we can all agree that our Constitution is worthy of our full respect and allegiance.

 John Barry – Franklin, N.C.

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