Letters to the Editor: March 19, 2017

other_letters_editorWe need God’s help to bring us together

This has been on my heart when the community prayer meeting at the BancorpSouth Arena got canceled after the grand jury stated there was no reason to press charges against the officer that shot Ronnie Shumpert. Some months back, I asked some local pastors about getting together for prayer for our community here in Verona. I was asking a black church to meet with a white church and even to cross denominational lines.

One black pastor stated he would talk to the others to see what they think. As far as I know, nothing happened. I spoke to a white pastor and he stated black residents are always welcome in their congregation and besides they have an all-black congregation on such and such street of their denomination and that’s the way they prefer it. My memory, not his exact words. We see our nation so divided, some very unhappy with the new President and others feel it is God’s answer to prayer. Trump, Obama or Hillary will not fix this nation. If it gets fixed, it will be God. Here is a scripture to ponder. “…. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.

I feel the church needs to lead in a reconciliation effort and healing of our nation. God is the answer for our nation and our world, not the president. Here is another scripture to ponder. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20. The church needs to be the start of reconciliation. The best way I know to get God’s help is through prayer. I think our churches need to unite with each other in prayer for our nation and our community. We need God’s help.

Leon Vilhauer


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    Excellent !!

  • Larry Knight

    Obi Wan Kenobi, the creator of the universe, has heard your prayers and will answer them ‘very soon.”

  • DoctorLarry

    Totally agree with the letter.