YOUR OPINION: Letters to the editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Don’t kill the messenger in the debates on values
The great lack of knowledge and outright rejection of God’s word that has brought our nation to the sad condition we experience today was vividly showcased in the Daily Journal last month. I refer to Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s article on Dec. 29and Bob Spencer’s letter to the editor on Dec. 30. Their attacks on the American Family Association, Brian Fisher, and Dr. James Dobson are examples of our culture’s attempt to downplay God’s workings by attacking His prophets. “Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool… (Hosea 9:7 NIV).” Written to Israel shortly before its destruction in 722 B.C., these words are frighteningly fitting for America in 2013.
Dobson is right on when he says that children, be it 20 at Sandy Hook Elementary or millions in abortion clinics, are always innocent victims of a rebellious nation’s sins. Hosea 9:16 continues “…even if they bear children, I will slay their cherished offspring.” The instrument of their destruction was not actually the Sodomites, child sacrificers, and Israeli idolaters but Assyrian soldiers. But there is no doubt where the blame lay. Even further, more restrictive sword control was not the answer. Assyrian soldiers, common criminals, and psychotic murderers have no regard for the law of the land.
Brian Fisher was attacked for saying that since God has been pushed out of school for decades we have no right to expect His protective hand to rest on our children. “Because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children (Hosea 4:6 NIV). Now we can see this opinion was not simply an idea Mr. Fisher stumbled upon; Jehovah God spoke those words.
God disciplines like the wise father. He works gently at first, then more harshly if repentance does not come. God always desires restoration over destruction; however, restoration begins when we acknowledge God’s word and turn from our rebellion, not by attacking God’s prophets for speaking the truth. The nation of Israel learned this lesson the hard way, a very hard way.
Dan L. Bishop

Excellent education helped by acts of students’ grace
Remarkable. Extraordinary. Rare. Adjectives that describe the atypical. Actions or characteristics of people that don’t come around very often. When you experience it, you are speechless, in awe, even baffled because of its unusual greatness.
My 13-year-old son attends a very gifted class with his exceptional friends and two extraordinary teachers, Mrs. Sheryl Collins and Mrs. Brenda Hamric. Yet he struggles to achieve the levels of his classmates because of his mental and physical disabilities. In what can only be described as grace, his classmates see and understand that he is not as independent as they are. He is very different and he needs a lot of help – and they lend him a hand.
Through the excellent leadership and example shown by his two teachers, this group of junior high kids does what is simply astonishing. They serve my son with kindness and patience and humility and yes, greatness.
The special education class at Shannon Middle School may be the most unusual and remarkable class I have ever experienced. My son, through verbally impaired speech likes to say that he is a Red Raider and that he loves his friends at school. As his father, I am grateful that he is part of such an excellent class.
Mark Watson

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