I am tired of people using Jesus’ teachings to trash conservatives. Re: A letter in The Advocate, “Readers Views, May 25, by Jo Ann Knowles, retired teacher, Abbeville, “Do evil people walk among us?”
She starts by saying that she has never been a believer in “The End Times.” I’m sorry, but if you are going to use Jesus’ teaching as a guide post, then you have to believe in the essence of his earthly ministry. That he came as a sacrificial lamb to be the atonement for sin and that he will come again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus says in John 14:2-3. “In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
When she refers to Jesus saying “the least among us,” she takes him completely out of context. Jesus was referring to personal responsibility. He wants each of us, to take care of “the least among us” not government.
The only reference that I have found of Jesus about government is when the Pharisees ask him in Matthew 22:17, 19-21: “Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? ... “Show Me the tax money.” So they brought him a denarius. And he said to them, “whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them “Render therefore to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Yes, evil people do walk among us, but they are not all conservatives. We conservatives are just as compassionate as the liberals. We just believe it our responsibilities to govern ourselves and to take care of our own families, friends and neighbors, not government’s. Government’s role is to protect us and keep us safe. Only taxes necessary to fulfill this is needed and should be collected. Then we would have the resources to do what Christ commands us as individuals to do. “And the King will answer and say to them ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.’ ” A hand up, not a hand out.
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Carroll L. Morgan
retired law enforcement