Thursday, November 1, 2012
Letters to The Editor
Vote next Tuesday
Please vote on November 6! Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot vote, unless it is the voter registrar himself. That law about having to have a picture ID to vote, doesn’t even apply in this election, so don’t worry about that. If you are a registered voter, you can and should vote. Don’t even let someone in your family try to convince you not to vote, as happened to my mother.
When I was a young child, I remember hearing my daddy tell my mother that if her choice of candidates differed from his, then she might as well not vote, because they would cancel each other out. I loved my parents very much, but Daddy was wrong about this and Mother was wrong to act on what he told her. Their household, their two votes, didn’t act in isolation, unless maybe they were voting on what to have for dinner in that household.
In a larger election, my mother’s vote would join together with others who felt as she did. Daddy’s vote would add one to the number of people who held his view. Their contributions of those single votes were much bigger than our house, and both my parents should have voted their own conscience.
If you need a ride to the poll, call your church. If your church isn’t offering rides, call my church (St. Joseph’s). If no one there can drive you, call me; I’ll pick you up and take you, or I’ll find a trustworthy person who will. It is that important.
Let’s take heed
This is a movie review. I was privileged to see the movie Isaiah 9:10 that a rabbi made this year. I was born loving history, and history repeats itself over and over. If we are smart, we learn from our mistakes. If we are foolish, we don’t.
In August, my Sunday school class studied Isaiah. He was God’s prophet and never in his whole life had any converts or “successes.” He was born to a well-to-do family but gave his life to God and didn’t lead a privileged life.
In the movie, the rabbi discovered parallels between ancient Israel and the U.S. today. God was speaking to His chosen people and they weren’t listening. God chose Israel and God chooses the U.S. It began with the Scripture Isaiah 9:10, to warn us against America’s demise. He sent disaster but the Israelites didn’t heed and turn back to God. The rabbi begins with the economic downfall of Oct. 10, 1987, but we didn’t repent of our wrongs. Then the Lord sent 9/11, a harder lesson, but we rallied, but didn’t repent. Then the Lord sent prosperity, but we weren’t even thankful, much less repentant.
People today think they don’t need the Lord. They think that they are smart enough to do without Him.
The rabbi says the Lord is warning us that fiscal disaster is impending if we build up a tower of debt, that it will topple and we’ll have economic disaster that will level America.
For the sake of your children and grandchildren, let’s think of their future. You and I are in positions today to help save America for the future. Come back to the Lord for the sake of yourself, your family, the whole world.
Empires have been falling for thousands of years, but we can save America by coming back to the Lord. George Washington said that America would be great until it fell away from the Lord. Listen, don’t be arrogant and unrepentant. Repent. Confess. Come back to the Lord. He’s giving us a warning. Let’s heed. Pray. You or I can’t do it alone. Hand it over to the Lord.
Vote; it’s a God-given right. If you need a ride, let me know.
P.S. Tuesday a.m. -- the Lord is rattling His sword at us through Sandy the hurricane. (Isaiah 9:10).
Folks, the storm has touched the U.S. from the Carolinas to Canada, from New York City to the Great Lakes yesterday.
Arkansas suffered seven small earthquakes the last few days and several have hit California.
The Lord is speaking to us, giving us a warning, saying “Come back to Me.”
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