Would Jesus say this?
To the editor:
Lately, many letters to the editor have strongly espoused the importance of voting Republican to safeguard Christendom from an unchaste Democratic cabal bent on destroying America. I hear ya!
And lately I’ve been elbows deep in the Bible too. When I’m looking for a reason to vote for Donald Trump, I go straight to the holy of holies for steadfast support: Jesus’ Sermon in the Valley. You know, the sermon that almost made it into the Bible during the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD?
Well, it didn’t make it, so it’s apocryphal, but everyone’s heard the story and you’re probably reciting it to yourself right now.
So, Jesus is down in the valley with a multitude of the sick and despondent; they lay about on rocks and draw close to hear his words. Jesus breaks a loaf of bread, pauses, and addresses those gathered:
“Blessed are those who sow division where none existed;
Blessed are those who commit adultery on all three of their wives;
Blessed are those who place children in cages;
Blessed are those who spurn My Father to curry favor with Caesar;
Blessed are those who lie with every breath they take;
Blessed are the rich, for who cares about that camel and eye of a needle thing;
Blessed are those who do not repent of their sins, for why should you lower yourself to ask My Father’s forgiveness?
Blessed are the loud and obnoxious, for they will be seen and heard.
Blessed above all is the tyrant, who hates his fellow man as much as his Father above loves him.”
When Jesus finished, the crowd sat silent and dumbstruck. A woman sheepishly approached, “Could it be that you mean all these things? You, who told us to love one another, who brought us the word of God in your Sermon on the Mount? Do you mean this?”
Jesus looked at the woman; her clothes were old and dirty. She looked terrified and confused. Then Jesus’ face broke into a big smile, and he said, “I’m sorry ma’am; I’ve just been watching too much FoxNews.”
The price of tyranny
To the editor:
When someone wrote, mocking my letter (Mountaineer, 8/27/20), she unwittingly mocked Jesus, who stood against tyranny of every kind.
In fact, His words were not for governments, but for individuals who were challenged to live out the gospel.
Marxism is definitely not on Jesus’ agenda, but there is a political party that is aiming in that direction. I was accused of “picking and choosing Scripture to support a [political] position,” which did not happen.
I am always amazed at how the truth can be manipulated. The same can be said for the misuse of Matthew 25:35-45, which also speaks to individual responsibility to uphold the gospel.
If the state mandates the fulfillment of these words, they are, in effect, appropriating Scriptural demands in order to control the populace.
Where was Jesus when these words were uttered? Was He in the Temple, or in Rome? No. Jesus spoke these words to His disciples while on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem, and His intent was that His followers fulfill them.
Protest is protected in any free society; it is actually healthy, a way to sway politicians to the will of the people. But protest can be manipulated by organized outfits like ANTIFA, or racial hate groups.
Therefore, we have a responsibility as citizens to police that by awareness. For many years, we have not been vigilant in protecting freedom; we expected someone else to do it, and the result is the infiltration of tyrannical groups into legitimate protests.
That must be stopped. Now, we have a presidential candidate (Biden) threatening that “if [the other candidate] is elected, there will be no peace in America.”
Has the Republic denigrated this far? Only the outcome of the election will prove that. As for me and my house, we will vote our conscience, regardless of threats. It matters that much.
David A Williams
Voting by mail
To the editor:
Just a thought. If you are voting absentee or other mail in ballot after filling it out, take it to your county’s board of elections office. Ask for a receipt.
Now you do not have to worry about it being late or lost or stolen. This should also help with it being registered correctly and would help against voter fraud from people trying to vote twice.
I have not heard a word from any media source putting this out to try and help with making sure we have a fair election.
It does not matter what your party affiliation is as it is just one way to take the risk out of your vote not counting.
I also believe if I can stand in line at Lowes, Walmart, Home Depot or any where else I may be shopping that I can stand in line to vote.
Take advantage of early voting. I hope this might help someone who is worried during these trying times.
Haywood needs more virus vigilance
To the editor:
I am prompted to write this because of what I witnessed this morning in a popular breakfast/lunch spot.
Four people, one an elderly couple and the second couple two young men, came in without any masks. All four of them looked around as if they were in an entirely new place, so the odds are they were from out-of-town. They were served with no questions asked. Why?
I have been told that in Georgia and Tennessee there are no mask mandates required, which might mean that people from these states come here without any awareness of how they endanger the residents of Haywood County.
Although Florida has a mask mandate, visitors from that state don’t necessarily wear one when they are away from their homes. Apparently, a lot of tourists don’t care a hoot about endangering those of us who live here.
All dining spots and all stores should have a large sign on their doors clearly saying: No mask, no service. And it should be enforced by the owners.
Is money more important to them than the health of the entire county?
Why aren’t the town governing boards, plus the county commissioners, taking a stronger approach on this? And where is the Chamber of Commerce?
According to a story in The Mountaineer, that while the Church Street Fair was cancelled, the Apple Festival was being held on Main Street in Waynesville in October– COVID notwithstanding — and that thousands of people were expected. How callous.
The virus still is with us; let us not forget that. Our town board and county commission better wake up and start protecting county citizens.
Examine Trump lies
To the editor:
Letters to the editor applaud the accomplishments of Mr. Trump. These letters, however, lack any details of his achievements. In no particular order, I offer a few of his quotes.
“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border…and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”
“We’re going to work with all of our students who are drowning in debt to take the pressure off these young people.”
“We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare.”
“You’re going to have great health care at a much lower price. It will cost the United States nothing.”
“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
“It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. This is why I’m proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.”
“We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.”
“We’re going to cut taxes for the middle class. … We will ensure that the benefits are focused on the middle class, the working men and women, not the highest-income earners.”
“We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt. … I could do it fairly quickly … over a period of eight years.”
“We will end our chronic trade deficits.”
“Unlike so many who came before me, I keep my promises.”
Please reflect on his “accomplishments” before you vote. The last one says it all.
Trump supporters need to do some soul-searching
To the editor:
“Trump lied, people died.” I can’t even begin to describe the range of emotion I felt when I heard those four words spoken on a news show this morning (Sept. 10). So much for “Promises Made, Promises Kept.” Death is going to be Trump’s legacy.
His claims of being the “law and order” president are meaningless because he has failed in one of his basic duties: Keeping America safe.
My outrage is magnified by the fact that he’s trying to justify his lack of action by saying he didn’t want to panic the American people; however, he never hesitates to incite panic when it serves his interest.
Remember the violent, disease infested migrant caravans he repeatedly said were coming toward the Mexican border prior to the 2018 election? Now he’s trying to frighten suburbanites into voting for him because “they want safety.”
Instilling the fear of violence and racial unrest is the only campaign strategy Trump has for this election. There wasn’t even a platform for the 2020 Republican National Convention. It’s all about him.
If you are a Trump supporter, I hope you are doing some serious soul searching since the release of the Woodward/Trump tapes. Can you really, in good conscience, cast your vote for a man who symbolizes death and destruction?