Faith

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

First a little housekeeping. Last week I wrote of Harold Confer but had him married to the wrong lady. Dorothy’s maiden name was Reed, not Steele. It must have been the right lady as Dottie and Hal were married 72 years when he passed.

Catch a performance of “The Beauty and the Beast” at the Fox Theatre. Delightful. Worth every penny of the $15 admission. It will make you proud of this community. Very well done.

We had an interesting visitor this past weekend. The lady proudly proclaimed that she is an Atheist by belief. It is an interesting concept for this old lifetime Christian and raises a lot of questions. Yet in an effort to maintain civil relations with a family member I shied away from discussing politics and matters of faith.

Thinking through my own faith journey I’m reminded of one of my biblical hero’s. That being David of the Old Testament. David is credited with writing most of the Psalms. One notices that David always looked up to the supreme God. David never considered him on the level with God but always felt subservient to God. That relationship is important. No human can consider himself as a God and that is exactly the majority opinion of this Christian nation.

Now in all honesty David in his mature life, when he became King of a united Israel, strayed and did a lot of things that were not good for the long-term health of his nation. It seems to be a human thing that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The young warrior David is the example that I have chosen to follow.

The Old Testament Jews evolved to follow a faith that was held together by a priesthood. They made rules and enforced those rules. It was the priesthood, it became a bureaucracy, that jealous of its power felt threatened by Jesus who fulfilled all the requirements of the long-promised Messiah. The bureaucracy then figured out a way for the Romans, who ruled at that time, to crucify the man Jesus. Over and done with. Out of the way. Gone.

A bad miscalculation on the part of the bureaucracy. Jesus had trained a band of followers to carry on his work and then a convert named Paul picked up the torch and set out to convert the known world to Christianity. Two things were of utmost importance: non-Jews were welcomed into the flock and the concept that Jesus could and would forgive sins. The relationship of a subservient role for mankind in relation to God never changed but now Jesus sat at the right hand of God to judge all us underlings. Jesus will forgive us our sins — give us a “do over” to go on with our lives and sin no more.

Now I ask? Who is that superior being for an Atheist? Do they feel that they are the ones sitting in judgment of their actions — that they are always right in their actions? No forgiveness needed? It might be hard to deal with such a person.

At this point in life, now classified as “elderly,” I look at our beloved country with a bit of sadness at some of the trends in which our society is pursuing life. For one, church attendance and membership is down down down. Our population is becoming more secular. Have they no rule and guide of faith to direct their lives? It is the body of the church that has kept the faith over these thousands of years of recorded history and if people don’t participate how can they learn how to treat their fellow man? It is called ethics. Who teaches them to love their neighbor as Christ taught a concept that changed the world and has made the Christian nation that we know as the United States of America the most successful in the history of the world?

I look with sadness at the huge number of abortions chalked up each year. I see the growing acceptance of homosexuality that is gaining on stamping out traditional marriage of one man and one woman. The nuclear family of a man and a woman raising and nurturing children is becoming less and less yet a single mom with children is a recipe for poverty. The epidemic of people destroying their lives by embracing the drug culture. I blame it on the godless liberal progressive elites who know how the rest of us should live. A sad view of our humanity. Maybe it is not all bad growing old and knowing that I will be gone before things get much worse.

Just pondering. I love this part of the world in which we live. Our churches are not yet empty. Our schools are excellent. We are surrounded by people that care and are good stewards of our community. Sure we have a few problems and our taxes could be lower but it is still the best part of the best country in the world in which to live. Vote wisely and I’ll see you in church.

That is how I saw it.

Dick Trail

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  • I am that lady. I enjoyed our visit more than I can find words to express. I have one comment: atheist is not a proper name and need not be capitalized. It simply describes a nonbeliever, which is pretty much what I am. You may find this referenced article interesting: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/01/10-facts-about-atheists/.

    By the way, your pretty Ann makes the best sauerkraut soup EVER. Thanks for the hospitality.

    -- Posted by Virginia B Trail on Tue, Mar 14, 2017, at 7:15 PM
  • For a long time I have believed that it takes a lot more "faith" to be a non-believer than to believe in a god. The more I learned about science years ago, the more I realized that all of creation had to be done by something far more intelligent than humans. Post Modernism is a belief that truth is whatever a person wants it to be and is different for each of us. Each year that more people believe this, our country slides a bit further into chaos. The Christian faith is the only religion that is provable via archaeology. I feel privileged that I can shape my life as best as I can according to the guidance that the Holy Bible gives me. Scripture is replete with instances of Israelites falling away from God, then courting disaster, and repenting as they return to God with the resulting favor and good times He allowed them. I pray our nation returns to God to salvage what is left of it.

    -- Posted by niechiro on Wed, Mar 15, 2017, at 10:35 AM
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