Writer needs to open up his mind
Dave Grover, in his letter decrying women as pastors or teachers of men or elders in the church, has the advantage of apparently knowing the mind of the Almighty better than does our Lord Jesus Christ or do the angels.
But I wonder if he missed the sections in Matthew 28, Mark 16, or Luke 24 where the women, coming to anoint the body of Jesus, are told by angels to go tell the men that he is risen, thereby commissioning them as the first evangelists, that is, tellers of the Good News. Or the similar scene in John 20 where it is the risen Lord himself who instructs Mary Magdalene to carry his teaching to the men. Or the scene early on in John, chapter 4, where Jesus breaks all sorts of social taboos of his day by conversing with a woman, and a despised Samaritan, at that, and she, convinced that he is the promised one of God, goes and tells the good news to her neighbors, many of whom also come to believe. Or of the numerous times throughout the Gospels when Jesus praises a woman and holds her up as a role model to his disciples, who are often enough pictured as self-absorbed blockheads. I’d respectfully suggest Dave re-read the New Testament with an open mind.
Credit where credit is due
One person can (only) do so much.
I keep on hearing the same thing over and over. “Where are all the jobs?” I don’t have an answer to that question but to anyone who places the blame on one person or reason I implore you to take a deeper look.
If you were the POTUS what could you do to make employers hire? Some say we need lower taxes for the wealthy, but as the saying goes, those who have money tend to save it and those who don’t have as much money tend to spend it. Others say we need to boost consumer confidence. However, consumer confidence is superficial and not a long term indicator or economic stability.
Others point to housing, technology, labor unions and overseas manufacturers. Meanwhile, I point to you. Not that you are to blame, although in part you are, but rather because the burden of creating jobs is as much on you as it is on politicians, business people and our unemployed.
It may seem hopeless but here are some things you should be doing to get yourself noticed and increase your own chances of getting hired while helping your community especially, volunteering. It doesn’t have to be for a nonprofit or charitable organization. Volunteer for a business you admire or for a friend who is starting a business. Add value first, earn your reward later. This is called delayed gratification and it is what all businesses must go through before reaching sustained profitability. Yes, it’s a risk on your part but all investments entail risk. No risk, no reward. So, get your foot in the door.
If you decide to blame your problems on outside forces then are you ready to blame your successes on them?
Mike Adams, Pellston
Where is the hope, change?
R. Wallin and J. Leal state that, “hope and change ... touches a heartbeat grounded on principles and values which define us.” My question to them is: Do these principles and values include infanticide which President Obama attempted to legalize as a state senator in Illinois. Or Obamacare which will include death panels who will deny treatment especially to seniors due to rationing of health care. (There has been a spike in the number of seniors receiving pacemakers in the last year.) Are you also opposed to religious liberty? Since Catholic institutions have been forced to provide abortion inducing drugs that kill pre-born human beings. And at the end of the day who’s going to pay for President Obama’s “hope and change” when the United States is bankrupt? I’d appreciate a response from this couple who equate these “values” with “liberty, justice and equality.”
Michael MacLachlan, Petoskey
Michigan’s modified helmet law: Haste makes waste
Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor (October 2, 2012)