Letters: Ebola and the gospel

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Ebola has been and is high profile news. What a blessed opportunity to preach the gospel, which Jesus himself commanded us to do: “Repent and believe in the gospel.”

I am hearing much about what we have to do about Ebola, what we have to do for Eric Duncan’s family, what we have to do for people in Africa. The real message is what needs to be done in order to be saved.  

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

Pastor Mason stated, “Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christians look for a life beyond ‘flesh and blood.’” I am relieved to hear the name of Jesus being mentioned for once in all of this media buzz, but do people know the why Mason is saying this? Many will read this message plus the comments—nonbelievers and false converts who need the good news plus believers who need to share the Gospel. Don’t leave this up to the secular media.

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

I pray this man Duncan knew the gospel. I pray his remaining family members and friends know it. Don’t let others who read this message and comments go without hearing the good news—the Gospel that saves—Jesus Christ.

Colette Marr

Manitoba, Canada

‘War on Christmas’ & stumbling blocks

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The warriors fighting against the mythical “War on Christmas” are out early this year.

I already heard the American Family Association telling us they have the perfect solution for the trend of cars with no bumpers. Instead of a bumper sticker, they are selling a sticker that says “Merry Christmas” one can attach to a purse or a backpack. Think of the convenience. Instead of interrupting your cell phone conservation to speak to someone on the street, you can simply point to your sticker and keep on talking.

The downside for the AFA is when they are pushing the sale of their stickers, they are detracting from their message of nonstop hate directed toward President Obama.

Is it fair to say the desire for political correctness is greater in some parts of the country than the influence of Christian faith or even patriotism? Suppose the organizations and individuals promoting PC were to promote the biblical message of love, tolerance, concern for the poor and peacemaking? 

It’s not the professed atheists in America who are the main stumbling blocks to spreading the Christian message.

Carl L. Hess

Ozark, Ala.

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