It's was a quiet and peaceful Saturday morning for me, that is at least until I read a letter on the Opinion page of the Sept. 29-30 Times weekend edition - "What would Jesus say of (the) political landscape?" - written by a gentleman from Lowell. So wired after three cups of coffee, conversation with him seemed a prudent thing to do. Our phone conversation was very revealing.
Although he refers to the Bible, God, and Jesus to support his positions, in conversation I found that he doesn't accept the Bible as God's Word, nor does he accept the biblical teachings relative to crucial social issues, e.g. abortion. It's not murder to abort a baby as he doesn't consider a fetus a living person. "Freedom trumps all things" - according to him, and the Republicans (Are you getting as tired as I am of blaming the previous administration for all our nations ills as I am?) are to blame for incurring our current national debt.
Our national debt was circa $10 trillion when Obama took office and now it is over $16 trillion - a $6 trillion increase - all borrowed money. And that is the fault of the Bush administration? Give me a break! His argument is that the Republicans have destroyed our economy, and that our Hope and Change president inherited all the problems we are facing.
I was extremely gratified to read the Focus on Faith article in the same weekend of the Times by Nancy Hamilton. She has very cogently articulated what I believe is a sound Judeo/Christian worldview relative to "God," "gay rights and family," "abortion," redistribution (or wealth, a.k.a. socialism), and "Israel." Her article (and the letter entitled "What would Jesus say of political landscape?") can be read by accessing the Times archives under Thoughts on Faith and Reader' Letters Sept. 29-30 edition. I feel sure the letter writer would take issue with all of her positions.
Paul E. Williams