To The Daily Sun,
This is an open letter to all the denominational religious leaders of the churches in the Laconia area.
As I'm sure many of you know, I recently wrote an op-ed letter critical of an AP article that appeared in The Laconia Daily Sun promoting "assisted suicide," and of course, I wrote it knowing and expecting venomous and vicious comments and other kinds of letters from the prideful non-believers in our midst, the people who reject God almost exclusively because they don't feel they should be held accountable to anyone for their behavior. But the biggest surprise of all was what I got from the churches, and the so-called Christians in the community.
Because what I got from them was — silence! Total silence from all the men of God in this area. Men whose most important earthly job in life is to preach the "Good News" of Jesus Christ. Those whose job it is to edify the church, to build it up and encourage it to stay strong in the face of oppression. And not repeat the actions of the Levite and the priest by "crossing over to the other side of the road," but, as the "Good Samarian" did, to come to the aid of someone being attacked, and help them heal from their wounds of oppression.
Jesus told us that if we followed Him, we would be hated by the world, just as He was hated by the world, and He was right. The hate that dripped from one letter writer's frothy mouth must have scared most of you into total silence, causing that last ounce of courage that you used to have, and that you were once so proud of, to completely evaporate, like "...a vapor."
The letter writer obviously didn't like it very much when he was reminded that he would be held accountable for his behavior one day. That reminder was not delivered out of hate, but out of love. Jesus taught us to love not just our friends, but to love our enemies as well. Loving your friends, well, that's pretty easy. We do that all the time without even thinking about it. Try just once to act toward your enemies with loving kindness, with forgiveness, with love! I was once an enemy of God, until I found out about His loving kindness, His forgiveness, and His love toward me. Then everything changed!
But what about you, preacher? What are you going to say when you're asked why "...when you did not (defend) the least of these, you did not (defend) Me." What are you going to say when you are told, "Depart from Me, accursed ones...for I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, in prison, and you did not visit Me."
Most people know that we live in a corrupt and broken world, but mainline churches all over this country have become folded into the culture, and because of "political correctness" and lack of courage and strong convictions, are not looked to for guidance in people's lives anymore, as they were in the early days of this republic. People are constantly commenting on what things are likely to be like for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren if we don't change direction.
Please do not be bullied by militant atheists and new age secular progressives into not speaking out when you hear someone or some group attacking someone for having biblical convictions.
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