Point of View: Letters to the Editor

Article Date: Jul 27, 2011

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Praise for SBC stand on homosexuals, NIV

My husband, Fred, and I read with great interest about Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright's meeting with the coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups (June 30). We appreciated his willingness to meet with them, but even more so, his response of standing on God's Word and remaining true to the principles therein. God tells us very clearly to love the sinner, but not the sin and that is what we must continue to do.

We also appreciate our Convention NOT approving the new New International Version translation of the Bible, which takes liberties with God's Word. We must continue to stand strong in this world, be firm in our commitment as believers asking the Holy Spirit to be our Guide.

Marlene Reuscher

Caylee Anthony and abortion

Why are so many people incensed over the death of Caylee Anthony when 4,000 innocent babies a day in our country are murdered through abortion? Over 53 million innocent babies have been murdered since Roe v. Wade in 1973—3.6 million in the three years that Casey Anthony was in jail.

The definition of murder is to kill another human unlawfully, to kill brutally or inhumanly. Can we not say that dismembering a baby without even using any anesthesia is brutal and inhumane and definitely killing it?

The then-ultra liberal Supreme Court showed cowardice in 1973 over abortion, claiming that it could not tell when life begins. We can and do determine when there is death by the cessation of a heartbeat and brainwave activity. Fetal heartbeat can be detected just 18 days from conception, while fetal brainwave activity can be detected just six weeks after conception.

The penalty for damaging a bald eagle egg is one year in the federal penitentiary and a $100,000 fine. This is a potential eagle. Ironically, if you are pregnant and I hit you with my car and cause you to lose the baby, I will be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The number one cause of death in our country is abortion.

The Greeks, who had three different words for love in the Bible, only had one word for baby in the womb, or a newborn or even a toddler, it was "brephos." Clearly, God sees no difference in the unborn baby.

Remember Jesus' words about children: "Whatsoever you do unto these the least of my brethern, you also do unto me" (Matt. 25:40).

John Wilder

Is God trying to get our ear?

I borrow this title in honor of my late father who used it in an address to the Florida Baptist State Convention just over fifty years ago.

God’s voice should be thundering in our ears. Our once “Fortress America” has been breached. The Muslim world hates us and would have our heads. Our collective greed has put the world economy in a tailspin. Natural disasters of epic proportions assail us, and much of the world.

The whole earth trembles with indignation at our perfidy and corrupt nature. “The heathen rage, the people plot in vain; the kings of the earth scorch the soil; the rulers conspire against the Lord and against His Anointed” (Ps. 2:1-2).

Is there any doubt God is trying to get ourattention? We desperately need to seek the whole council of God. To recognize our sin, change our ways and beg the Almighty for a renewal of our providentially favored lives.

This must begin in our temples of faith with areturn to a solemnity of worship that pleases God and not our own prurient flesh.

The pale wisps of incense that rise to nauseate the nostrils of God must once again, in the common plea of our hearts, become a sweet-smelling savor that fills the courts of heaven.

Any hope for a return of God's favor must begin in our churches, with our congregations and from our pulpits.

“Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us” (Ps. 85:4 NIV).

Larry Stracener
Winter Park

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