“It is our job to make sinners feel guilty.”
No it isn’t. That is the job of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit doesn’t need any help from you whatsoever.
“Well, what do you want us to do, then?”
The church has a mandate to police the church. It has both the right and the responsibility to deny membership to, or expel from its membership, any and all whose conduct is at odds with the moral standards set down for the church.
Homosexuality falls into that category, certainly. But so do cohabitation, serial monogamy and a host of other behaviors concerning which the church is, inexplicably, deaf, dumb and blind.
Conversely, the church has no business trying to police the un-churched.
Regarding those outside the fold, the church’s sole job is to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God. The good news! Trust me; telling someone that he or she is going to be tormented in flames forever is not good news.
Besides, nobody in the Bible talks like that. The church shouldn’t either.
Politicians trying to mask alarm for their real intentions
To the editor:
The sly politicians have taken to calling the life-blood of the poor, the sick and the elderly “an entitlement.”
Why do they do that? To prevent the public from being alarmed at their plans to take away, in part or in full, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
If they are so concerned about the deficit, why do they not mention the bloated defense budget and the cost of at least three wars that are unjustifiable? I refer, of course, to Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.
All those who think the government is the enemy will be forced to change their minds when they need help.
Remember Katrina and Sandy.
Harold C. Craig Jr.