To The Daily Sun,
As I sit in the local Dunkin' Donuts reading E. Scott Cracraft's recent column posing the question "What Would Jesus Do?" I find myself compelled to answer Mr. Cracraft with some simple truth according to Jesus in some instances, and according to accepted interpretations of Jesus's actions. I agree with Mr. Cracraft that Jesus was a man of integrity, compassion, love and mercy but disagree with some of the assumptions that Mr. Cracraft has managed to graft into the purpose of Jesus's mission. Jesus was not, I would argue, on a mission of "social justice", as Mr. Cracraft seems to imply. The temporary ruthless and oppressive rule of the Roman Empire was not the primary issue.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus dealt with the issue of reconciliation between God and mankind and even instructed His followers to "give to Caesar what is Caesars". . . .you know the rest. Mr. Cracraft has incorporated a plethora of social issues in his column ranging from immigration to abortion and somehow tied in the so-called "Tea Party" Christians as the self righteous antagonists. Let's all remind ourselves that Jesus also instructed all of us to be careful with "bearing false witness" against one another. It seems that in today's political climate anyone who takes an opposing view is something other than a "worthy opponent" but now is to be vilified for their "hateful and mean-spirited" view. We know who the accuser is, and he is in our midst today.
On the issue of abortion Mr. Cracraft takes the favorite weapon of the pro-abortion clan, the rape victim, in this case a 12-year-old rape victim and insinuates, later in his collective misrepresentations, that there is no room for compassion in the hearts of Evangelical Christians. I am wondering, Mr. Cracraft, what percentage of the thousands of abortions performed here in the U.S., in just the last 12 months, have been the result of rape versus the percentage performed "on demand" under the guise of women's health. Rape is a criminal matter, Mr. Cracraft, and if there are as many rapists running around as there are human beings being aborted, then the prisons need to be severely enlarged.
Legal immigration among nations has always meant to be an orderly process whereby the host nation gets to decide who is eligible to immigrate into their midst. Today's massive immigration challenge here in the U.S. is not the sole responsibility of misguided U.S. policy, but rather the result of decades of unrepentant corruption in the various Latin American governments who have refused to provide the necessary climate for prosperity for their citizens. All that being said, it is clear that the only way to meet the illegal immigration problems that face us must include compassion and wisdom. Today there is an overabundance of our population on food stamps and other subsistence programs and Jesus would definitely instruct us to meet the needs of those in need as He said "the poor will always be with you". But He never implied that we should support such a large segment of the general population with programs that drain our treasury at both the national and state levels. Somehow, we are caught up in a whirlwind of "free stuff" and anyone who offers an opposing view is shouted down as "mean-spirited."
Mr. Cracraft has, in my opinion, done an injustice to the trust given to him by The Laconia Daily Sun and especially the citizens who read the columns, in his failure to write a well thought-out article, in this case, that could lead to productive discourse among persons who express deep concern for the problems confronting us today. Instead he has chosen, apparently with editorial approval, to continue the business of inflammatory rhetoric that only furthers the divide among the citizenry.
I am not writing this letter in defense of the Christian worldview but merely to point out that the type of misleading rhetoric that Mr. Cracraft is dispensing in his column is inaccurate and unproductive. Hopefully someone at The Daily Sun will instruct Mr. Cracraft on the merits of insightful editorializing. Or maybe he can take a course at the community college up the street and get a better grade than "F," which he earned with his latest column.
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