Help cries from the border

To the editor:

This letter is a request for help. It is for all who can remember the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. Whether we are Republican, Democrat, independent or don’t give a hoot about politics, we should all be concerned about the unsanitary and unsafe treatment of the tired and poor who have come seeking freedom and a better life.

It is time to make our voices heard so that all people in God’s creation should be be treated with dignity, love and caring.

Please take the time to communicate with our elected officials in Washington urging them to do something about the cries coming from our border.

One letter will not do it, but if that letter is joined by a thousand more, they will listen.

Our consciences need to be our guide. Perhaps The Mountaineer will print the addresses of our elected officials.

John and Grace Davis

Waynesville

 

Bible is clear on sex

To the editor:

Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson recently observed that, “If you really love someone, you can’t tolerate when they are less than they could be.” He went on to say that, “we’re afraid of hurting people’s feelings in the present and willing to absolutely sacrifice their well-being in the future.”

Although Waynesville First United Methodist Church’s recent decision is lauded as a choice to “include” and to “love” people, it really is neither, for it excludes the divine call to human fulfillment in Christ (“be ye perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect”) and reduces the dominant and controlling meaning of “love” from the denial of self for the sake of the other (agape, supremely demonstrated on the Cross) to the merely venereal — a reduction which is necessary to give any strength to the often repeated assertion that “no one ought to tell someone else who he or she can love” — meaning “no one has a right to tell me with whom I can have sexual intercourse.”

Where sex is concerned, Christian doctrine is clear, consistent and applicable to every human person, without regard to sexual preference.

There is no double standard: Sexual congress is acceptable only within the context of a lifelong union between one man and one woman for the dual purpose of uniting them in heart, body and mind and (if God so wills) bringing forth new life for the glory of God and the benefit of society.

To endorse its exercise in any other context for any other reason is faithless and fraudulent.

For persons and groups professing Christianity, a concern for peoples’ well-being in a future beyond the present life must be an inseparable part of their approach to others.

The call to sanctification in Christ Jesus must rule all their policy choices. The Christ into whom we are called is not one who soothes us with assurances that our current brokenness is finally acceptable, but one who calls us to deny ourselves, take up our own cross — in whatever form that comes to us, even sexual — and follow him through suffering.

Sam Edwards

Waynesville

 

Former lesbian tells her story

To the editor:

This is in response to the “Waynesville First United Methodist members choose love” article in the July 17 issue.

Please accept this letter in love as that is what I am choosing in writing this. I am a former lesbian that used to attend a church that told me all I wanted to hear, but not what the Word of God said.

Believing I was born gay, that is how God created me and that I could not change, I spent many years trying to find peace with God while living in the gay culture. I was never at peace.

A small whisper kept calling me until I began seeking the truth. There is a way that seems right but its end is death. What good is it if I gained the whole world and satisfied all my lustful pleasures – but, in the end, lost my soul?

We all will die one day. We all will appear before the judgment seat of Christ and receive what is due for what we have done in the small moment of time while we were on earth. On that day there will be many “Christians” appearing before the Lord who will be told: “Depart from me, I never knew you.”

The Bible is very clear on all types of sin, including homosexuality. Those engaging in any form of sexual immorality, including the act of homosexuality, will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Although I did not want to accept what I was reading in the Bible, I knew it was true. I fell down in complete repentance, with a pure heart and asked my heavenly Father to change me. I knew this was something I could not do on my own. I also knew He could and would.

As I chose not to engage in same sex relationships, over time the Lord began the restoration in my heart. That was 25 years ago. I can honestly say that I no longer have any same sex attractions.

I am not the person I used to be. I am born again. To God be the glory. I have written my story “Adele’s Journey” and it can be found on Amazon. Or, you can email me for a free copy at AdelesJourney@outlook.com.

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. With love, in Christ.

Adele Newman

Waynesville

Writer was mistaken

To the editor:

A recent letter writer stated as “historical fact,” that President Bill Clinton evaded the military draft by moving to Canada. This is in fact a total fabrication.

Clinton was given a student deferment since he was enrolled in college at that time. At no time did Clinton live in Canada to escape the draft. I wish the writer would research his “historical facts” before publishing.

Additionally, the writer presented a very one-sided view in his comparison of Obama’s travel expenses. He failed to mention the many trips that Trump has taken practically every weekend, at taxpayers’ expense.

I applaud the writer for his patriotism, but hope that in the future he is more careful in his statements.

Robert Grimes

Clyde

 

State Department should’t mess with Folkmoot

To the editor:

I always enjoy the Folkmoot parade. Today, however I was very disappointed by the absence of the Colombians. Event staff informed me that their visas were denied at the last minute, ostensibly because they failed to meet the criteria for visa approval.

It appears that they did not demonstrate convincingly enough the State Department that they had strong enough financial or other ties to Colombia that would prevent them from just staying here in the U.S. in violation of any visa that they might have been issued.

They are, for the most part, kids. They don’t own property in Colombia. They do have families that they love and school and work. On the other hand, apparently there was no problem for the DOS to issue visas to the representatives from Egypt, one of the most repressive governments in the world, nor from Hungary, which now has a right wing, some would say neo-Nazi leader.

This could happen under a Secretary of State like Mike Pompeo who, by his own admission is “waiting for the rapture.” The current occupant of the White House can’t find Colombia on the map never mind recognizing that it is quite different from the Central American countries which he loathes so much.

The aforementioned gentlemen are doing their best to dismantle our democracy. I just wish they’d keep their grubby hands of Folkmoot.

David Burns

Waynesville

Differently abled add to parade

To the editor:

“What’s that about,” asked some onlookers at the Parade of Nations this year, as pollinators in larger-than–life homemade costumes marched amidst performers from visiting nations?

While it is not the first year, and the visiting countries seem to understand and even appreciate it. The answer is two-fold, as Daydreamz project brings creative opportunities to diverse groups who rarely have those chances.

These individuals with challenges like autism, Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy, brain injury and deafness, prefer to identify as differently-abled.

They also choose to raise their collective creative ‘voice’ for the world’s pollinators.

Globally, pollinators are disappearing, dying, or moving to other regions. Wild bees, butterflies, moths, birds, and mammals that typically pollinate our fruits, berries, vegetables and more, are struggling to survive pesticide use, deforestation and urban sprawl, severe weather changes and loss of native plants.

Since pollinators’ cannot speak for themselves, Daydreamz “Pollinator Crew” turns out to help raise awareness on their behalf.

So, these artists are giving their time to serve the greater good. Hopefully they are also changing peoples’ minds about bees, as well as their own abilities. The “Pollinator Crew” is available for school and community educational presentations with several songs and dances, including some American Sign Language (ASL), about pollinators.

Call Daydreamz project for info at 476-4231.

Starr Hogan

Waynesville

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