Letters to the Editor for Saturday, May 4
May 4, 2013
GOP's, not Democrats', ideals conflict with the Bible's word
Bill Fullilove believes that "Liberals/Democrats are anti-God." Why? Because delegates to the Democratic Convention opposed invoking God in the party's platform. This actually echoes the framers' very deliberate decision to leave the word "God" out of the Constitution, and Jefferson's equally deliberate invocation of "nature's God" in the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson believed that the laws of nature were the laws of God, including the endowed rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Franklin agreed with Jefferson in down playing the protection of property, which he saw as a "creature of society" that should be taxed.
Bill Fullilove tells us that the Bible has no errors, so let's have a look. Matthew tells not to judge lest we be judged, that we cannot serve both God and money, and that it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. We should love our neighbors as we love ourselves and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Luke warns us to be on our guard against all kinds of greed, and that when we give a feast, we will be blessed by inviting the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind. John admonishes that those without sin should cast the first stone. We may all be sinners, but we don't all have to be hypocrites.
So there you have it, straight from on high. Do as the Bible says, then decide for yourself which side of politics is anti-God.
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