- September 4, 2013
- By Staff / Baptist Standard
Americans’ spirits overlooked
What connection do our body, soul and spirit have to each other? A person is the only living creature that was given all three.
Even though the soul means life given to the body, those two parts seem to be all most of our society connects in their daily lives. The spirit is our connection to God.
What happened to people’s spirits? Have you ever seen so many dead spirits? The spirit given to people from God cannot connect to worldly gratification. Therefore, it troubles me a great deal to see any kind of worldly gratification associated with my God—God the owner of this Earth. Yet man has made it into a world that is lost, dying and going to the deepest pits of fire, brimstone and hell.
Hush! Don’t mention hell. That is just a figment of our imagination. Think so? You will find more information on the Internet about hell than you do about heaven.
Old Satan, the devil, has all kinds of tools at his disposal to send you to eternal torment. He is connected to the Internet. God is more powerful; he is connected to eternal life.
I suggest people make a connection to God with their spirit. Talk to a pastor in a God-fearing Jesus-believing church if you have trouble with your connection.
Joyce M. Brumley
Look beyond skin color
One of the big problems in America today is that we seem to have little regard for the truth. From politicians to ordinary citizens, we write and speak whatever we think will help our cause.
I was saddened and disappointed to read the letter “King’s Dream perverted.” In the very first sentence, the writer says, “Recently, blacks murdered a white Australian in Oklahoma. No mention in the news.” No kidding? How did the writer know about the incident since it wasn’t “mentioned in the news”? Was he there to witness it?
He then goes on to imply the reason blacks aren’t employed in jobs as good as those held by white people is that they are too lazy to work. He even vents his continued contempt for black teenager Trayvon Martin, who was killed by an irresponsible adult in Florida.
My last assignment in the Army before retiring was med-evac pilot in a MAST unit. When we picked up people who had been in car accidents, injured in industrial mishaps or knifed in a honky-tonk, none looked at my black crew members and said, “Don’t bother; you are the wrong color to help me.”
Martin Luther King’s dream will be realized when everyone, even those in churches, can look beyond skin color and see that all are God’s creation and deserving of respect.
Carl L. Hess
Parents are watching Baylor
I did not go to Baylor University, but I grew up in Waco. I am appalled the Baylor administration does not respect the alumni of Baylor.
It seems that far too much emphasis is on football with a capital F and not enough focus on the core values of Baylor! Baylor students are so wonderful and talented and their intellect should be nurtured. This cannot be done just through football. The administration should be ashamed of themselves.
The advice and values and concern of the alumni should be respected. My daughter went to the University of North Carolina and the alumni there did many kind things for the students. I would be very sad if they were treated the way Baylor alumni are treated!
The future and good focus of Baylor depend on the concern and help and opinions of the alumni, present and past! I hope the administration is listening, because parents of future students are watching and forming their opinions of Baylor!
‘Distrust our appetites’
Thanks for this editorial, Marv. People constantly want help knowing God’s will. Sometimes, I think they don’t want the responsibility of the decision.
I absolutely agree that there is an inexplicable peace that can come to us when we have weighed the decision by Scriptural principles. I was once in a situation where I had three invitations to preach in view of a call in three different churches. Only one invitation was accompanied by God’s peace. It was not the largest and did not have the best salary, but I knew it was right. It was the wonderful First Baptist Church of Kingsville. Words cannot express how God blessed me and my family there.
We do need to have a healthy distrust of our appetites for the most easy or most pleasant choice.
Thanks again for challenging us to be more prudent in our use of the phrase “God told me.”