Letters to the editor

A Christian Nation?
And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it they rebuked them. But

Jesus called them unto him and said Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God. (Luke 18:15-16 KJV) A bold straight forward command filled at the same time with hope and challenge, no qualifiers, no race, no creed, no color, no religion or natural origin no borders and certainly no certain number. When we see news reports of the children coming across the border to the United States being met with such hatred, bigotry and selfishness one has to wonder or we a Christian nation or not?
This fierce opposition usually centered around two excuses the first one being we can’t afford it and to this I say we Americans throw away enough food in our garbage on a daily basis to feed every hungry child in the world. The children of America on average have more than enough clothes in their closets to cloth every naked child in the world. We burn enough energy simply joy riding to transport the goods to these children do we not?
The next excuse being we haven’t taken care of the needy here in our own country. To that I say shame on us not too bad for them and by them I mean the children we are charged by our very faith to take care of. I’m going to now bring another point of view into this discussion which at first glance seems unrelated. This has to do with the status of our relationships with Cuba. Hear me out. When one looks at a map of Central America and the Caribbean Region one can easily see the close proximity of Cuba to the three troubled countries where these migrants seem to be originating from mainly Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Just imagine what a valuable partner Cuba could and would be in assisting us and the rest of the world community in developing these countries. Cuba has one of the best if not the best education and health care systems of any country in the Central America, Caribbean region. Just imagine what tremendous resources Cuba could and would bring to bear in developing this entire region if their economy was not crippled and stunted by our dated economic sanction against Cuba.
There is a reason that conservatives mention God one hundred times for every one time they mention Jesus. After all “Jesus was God’s only begotten son.” Of course in the eyes of some conservatives Jesus was often predisposed to misguided liberalism always espousing these liberal platitudes about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, visiting those in prison, and being kind to strangers within our gates. Of course, everybody knows it’s impossible to do this kind of stuff in these days and time. Again are we a Christian nation?
Onzie Glenn

Praise the Lord everyone.  Every day when we open our eyes from a night of rest, the first thing we should think of is God’s hand of protection over us as we slept.  We should begin to praise him and give him thanks.  The way things are now, without his protection it could be a different story.  God is a good God, and he cares for his children.
As we get up every day and get going on our way, we need to never forget it is because of the mercy and grace of God that we have a roof over our heads, food on our table, clothes on our back, and shoes on our feet.  A lot of people don’t have these things.  We need to be telling our children and grandchildren so they will realize how blessed they are.  I see so many people who are just plain ungrateful.  The more you do for them, the more they expect you to do.  When you quit doing, they get mad in a hurry.
I’ve been telling my grandchildren and babysitting children about the children from other countries coming across the border into the United States because of living conditions in their countries.  Just the thought of sending my children off walking to slip across the border, not knowing if I would ever see them again or how they’d be treated, if they even made it to the United States is just more than I could bear.  I can’t hardly stand to leave my forty-one year old son in the nursing home eighteen miles away and come home.  We are so blessed and take it so much for granted.  America needs to wake up and realize where we are headed.
More and more things are unfolding and happening that are in the Bible if you will search it out.  We could very well be living in the last days when the trumpet of God will sound and those who are ready will be called away to live throughout eternity with Jesus.  It will be a good time for the children of God, but a sad time for those who are left behind.  Have you ever moved away from your home town or went on a long vacation?  Were you glad to get back home?  Do you remember what it felt like?  When we are called away to heaven it will be even better than coming back to our home in this life.  Bro. Eddie Agnew was preaching the other night and made the statement that people my age might still be alive when Jesus comes.  I just can’t imagine what a glorious day it will be.
If you are not saved and filled with the spirit of God, please find you a good church and go regularly and begin to serve  God.  You really don’t want to be left behind after God draws his church away.  The thought of it runs chills over me.  You’re welcome to come to River of Life Church in Louisville.  Call me and I’ll give you directions.  I love you and God loves us all.  Don’t wait too late.  Even if it’s years before God returns, you could be here today but be dead by midnight.  Make sure of your eternal destiny while you have time.  Call me at 662-724-4691 or write me at 425 West Alice Street, Noxapater, MS 39346 if I can pray for you.  See you next week, Lord willing.  Have a blessed week.
Arlene Barrett