To The Daily Sun,
As he has done in the past, Mr. McCoy, in his most recent letter, invokes scripture to attack the president and those with different beliefs and lifestyles. While I support Mr. McCoy's right to hold these views, I would like to interject a scripture reading of my own, which encapsulates my feelings on the issues: Do not revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord (Romans 12:19). Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).
Mr. McCoy is welcome to judge, but he must also be willing to be judged. Jesus Christ rejected the personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs. Jesus clearly sees a pure love of God and for our fellow human beings as the bottom line for being a Christian. He commanded us to love the poor (I believe McCoy refers to them as "bums") and serve the needy without condition.
McCoy continues by stating that the "unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God," and while this may be true, God will be the judge, and mankind can run around and have all the debates they like concerning abortion, homosexuals, adulterers, etc., but that will never change the truth that only God can judge these matters. If we believe that God is a God of justice, He will make sure that these issues are made right.
All too often, we have a tendency to condemn people who are different from us, hold different beliefs, and define their "sins" as paramount and our own sinfulness as being insignificant. I do not expect to change anyone's views on these most controversial topics, I seek only to give those who will hear, the choice to allow God to determine what is right and wrong in each individual case, and not a soul who God may find innocent by his own reasoning and perhaps ... forgiven.
While I'm certainly not a biblical scholar and not comfortable in quoting the Bible, the line spoken by Jesus when he was asked to condemn a woman accused of adultery seems appropriate in an age where morality is often like instant coffee — Jesus asked those without sin to cast the first stone; who will it be? When God looks upon a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person as one of his children with love, or reject and condemn them? Our greatest moral failing is to condemn something as a moral failing: no vice is worse than being judgmental.
Lazy, knee-jerk morality is far too often replacing sober debate, which usually requires people to actually read and think before they react.
McCoy continues in his letter, accusing the president of "standing up for abortion". While this statement may fit into McCoy's political agenda, it falls short of telling the whole truth. President Obama has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and makes preserving a woman's right to choose under Roe v. Wade a priority as president. He also supports expanding access to contraception and health information and preventive services to reduce unintended pregnancies.
I would like to assure Mr. McCoy that we will always remember the painful, tragic events of 9/11. We will also have to live with the knowledge of the thousands of lives lost in a furtive campaign to uncover "weapons of mass destruction".
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