Printed Letters: August 25, 2017

Trump can’t influence true belief in Christ

Regarding Dan Ford’s recent letter to the editor: I can’t help but wonder what “church” he belonged to and subsequently left due to President Trump. The original/Scripture meaning of church is not a building but a group of believers in their risen savior, Jesus Christ.

Later, some “adjusted” the meaning to mean a building, but even then, the purpose of this building was still to worship a risen savior, Jesus. Over the years the word/world has become polluted, to say the least. All of the things he lists, as his reasons for criticizing “the church” are man-made issues not related to the true church at all, and as such are no reason whatsoever to leave the church, unless it is not truly a “church” after all.

To subscribe that President Trump or any other human being has any influence over the church or one’s beliefs in such, is to admit to never have been a true believe in our risen savior, Jesus Christ at all. Many call themselves churches and many call themselves “Christians” but there is only one true meaning — a faithful follower of Jesus Christ — born, crucified, dead, buried (for the world’s sins) and arisen to take His rightful place next our the Father in Heaven. Amen.

CAROL ANDERSON
Collbran

League of Women Voters to sponsor program about courts

There is a way to keep addicts out of jail and promote recovery. It is a problem-solving court, an expansion of drug courts that combine treatment and the judicial system. Brenidy Rice, the state’s problem-solving court coordinator says, “You can’t punish someone out of addiction.”

Colorado has 79 problem-solving courts: eight are adult mental health courts, seven are juvenile, 27 are adult drug courts, six are veteran’s courts, 13 are family drug courts and 16 are DUI courts. Mesa County is only one of two counties with no problem-solving court in Colorado. Chief Judge Brian J. Flynn declined to talk to the League of Women Voters about this alternative.

On Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalists Church, 536 Ouray Ave, the League of Women Voters will sponsor a program about problem-solving courts, which will be open to the public.

We have two outstanding speakers. The first will be Martha Amos, a local counselor who recently worked at the jail. She wrote her recent doctorate dissertation about drug courts in Colorado. The second speaker will be Doug Hanshaw, problem-solving court coordinator in our neighboring district that includes Delta and Montrose.

Please come, learn, and become an advocate for our community.

MARY ENDRES
Palisade

The peace of Palisade is being dismantled for profit

The peace and gentle nature of Palisade is being dismantled piece by piece by those who can profit.

The newest blow is the planned gas station complex, which will raise the noise level and traffic in a now peaceful area. The distant sound of vehicles on the highway has been tolerable in our lovely quiet courts off Elberta and First Street. The ingress and egress off the interstate is congested in busy times, especially when traffic is rerouted through town due to canyon or highway closures.

Further, to place a gas station complex we do not need that will draw away business from those in town, right next to residences and irrigation canals is unconscionable. It reeks of personal gain and pocket lining, whether through bonuses, investments or any other means.

Why is it so important that this town’s and community’s whole nature be changed further by the irresponsible self-interest of a few?

Driving home from Denver last evening on Interstate 70 past two locations near DeBeque and more, the putrid odor of the marijuana growing barns and facilities filled the air. I suppose our kind townspeople were seen as bumpkins and the promotions pounded and geared to manipulate the vote for retail marijuana.

You are on a track to destroy the proverbial goose to lay your personal golden egg. Then you move on to the next target, leaving the mess behind with no care or conscience for your acts here. You may laugh, but the joke will be on you and your families and children to come and you decimate their futures by destroying others’ lifestyles and property values no matter where you go. Your responsibility is really about people, residents, not promoting for dollars.

GAIL EVANS
Palisade

It’s unbelievable Christians continue to stand with Trump

I agree with Dan Ford’s letters to the editor seen in your newspaper Aug. 22. How anyone who identifies him or herself with Christianity can stand with a president whose every word or deed smacks of anti-Christian immorality leaves me stunned in disbelief.

LEE SPARKS
Grand Junction


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In his letter to this publication, Mr. Dan Ford wrote a letter telling us exactly why he left his church.  It was because of the hypocrisy he saw in his fellow congregants or those who preached and said one thing but behaved totally differently. 

Instead of paying attention to, and respecting, the gentleman’s difficult decision, she responds with little else than what has become all too common, religious hysterics and arrogance.

When reading such letters, I am reminded of a character on the television series Saturday Night Live (SNL), which was really a parody of such as Ms. Anderson.  The character was referred to as “The Church Lady”.  So, such as Ms. Anderson are not new on the American religious and/or political scene.

Such as Mrs. Anderson would do well to remember that they, just like everyone else, are but human beings.  That is something which far too many appear to have either forgotten or dismissed from their minds. 

If they could do that, instead of elevating themselves above others because of what they believe, they might be able to respect the humanity in others.

The juxtaposition of Dan Ford’s Tuesday letter (“Former churchgoer cannot support Trump”) and Carol Anderson’s prayerful response (“Trump can’t influence true belief in Christ”) clearly exposes the hypocritical sophistry of the latter.

Thus, Anderson entirely begs the question raised by Ford – how can “true believers” in the divinity of Jesus Christ support a man whose behavior contradicts Christ’s teachings?

According to Anderson, “many call themselves churches and many call themselves ‘Christians’ but there is only one true meaning – a faithful follower of Jesus Christ”.  Therefore, whether your “church” is a physical structure or a virtual community of like-minded disciples, what does it mean to be “a faithful follower” of Christ’s teachings?

According to others, the most important teachings of Jesus of Nazareth are chronicled in the New Testament and memorialized as the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) – which provides a litany of “to dos” that true
“Christians” should presumably embrace to be considered “faithful followers of Christ” (http://www.bruderhof.com/en/topics/the-sermon-on-the-mount?gclid=COa0q7618tUCFQoKaQodW98GvA).

While Christ would (as does Anderson) presumably “forgive” (Matth. 6:14) Trump’s multiple “trespasses” – including (but not limited to) adultery (Matth. 5:28), vituperative divisiveness (Matth. 5:22), false oaths (Matth. 5:33-37), refusal to ever “turn the other cheek” (Matth.  5:38), and touted but bogus charitable contributions (Matth. 6:2)—he might not be so forgiving of “Christians’” own hypocrisy (Matth. 6:5).

Christ reportedly healed the sick, but Trump and his Republican enablers would deprive millions of their access to health care.  Christ fed the hungry, but Trump and his cronies would cut appropriations for food stamps and school lunch programs.  Consequently, Ford refuses to be part of a “church” that abrogates its own moral integrity in servitude to political expediency, but embraces a “false prophet” who pays only “lip-service” to their purported beliefs, but whose “fruits” betray his utter contempt therefor (Matth. 7:15-20).

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