Letters to the editor - Tuesday (3-26-2013)
Church & state: Our forefathers understood the difference
Church and state are not the same. They constitute different realms.
However, both are part of God’s order for humankind. The founding fathers seemed to understand that.
God ordained both; one reflects our relationship to God, which is ordered by love, while the other reflects our relationship to each other, which is ordered by justice. As citizens, we have the right to expect justice and good governing in the realm of the state, just as we expect to experience redeeming love in the realm of the church.
Although governing is ordained by God, for the sake of good order (safety, protection, freedom and mutual concern), it is not the church. A government does not receive divine credentials other than being a part of God’s good order. Justice alone is its concern.
Too bad our county commissioners have difficulty making this distinction.
Their task is to serve the people who elected them in the spirit of “liberty and justice for all.” A government has no business imposing sectarian religious practices into the business of governing.
Allow your faith foundation to motivate your work and efforts for good governing. But please don’t use it as an imposition for your system and practices through government. Many may share your faith convictions, which are not in question and have great merit. However, that does not make them right or just for all.
— David P. Nelson
Fund fight with private money
While I personally support their endeavor, our commissioners need to consider the possibility that they might be held personally liable in a taxpayer suit for misuse of a substantial amount of public money in fighting the prayer lawsuit in court, since, unfortunately, the current law of the land and precedent seem to be against us. This is not a rich county, but by all means, do what you want to with private money.
— M.B. Blankenship Jr.
An attack on our society
The very structure of our society — including the family, the civil government, our laws, values and principles — were founded in our Christian Holy Bible. The framers, who for the most part were Christian, made a covenant with our creator in heaven, and he blessed us. Now, with the endless flow of money to support the ACLU and its hatreds and prejudices, it and other organizations in good company with the social-liberalists are working overtime to violate our freedoms of speech and religion and what is left of our liberties. Yet, do you see these vipers attacking those of other religions or atheists? It’s open season on Christians and conservatives. All we can do is pray for our enemies and “stand our ground.”
— John T. Nall
Hatch a plan for mall
In a recent Salisbury Post article, Economic Development Commission Executive Director Robert Van Geons said he was looking for a business incubator.
We are looking and hoping you can “hatch” something in the incubator for the Salisbury Mall. Some good stores are still there, and some good people are there, too, with plenty of parking space, also. Just one example, among others: K&W Cafeteria.
— Graham Foster
Thanks for supporting benefit
Faith Farm & Equipment would like to give thanks for the outpouring of love shown at the recent benefit held at our store for Jeff and Jennifer Price. Despite the slow economy, Rowan residents opened their hearts to ease the burden of friends in need.
We had the support of many friends, along with church members from Faith Baptist and Lyerly Evangelical, who assisted cooks Lanny and Linda Merrell and Barry and Lisa McDonald. Businesses contributing to this event were Cheerwine, College Barbecue, Faith Soda Shop, M&K Barbecue, Wink’s Barbecue & Seafood, Barry McDonald Refrigeration, Corbin Hills Golf Club and OED/Shindaiwa.
A special thanks to our store manager, Richard Peeler, who recognized this need, brought it to fruition and helped bring everyone together. Thank you, Rowan County, for the continued support of our business.
— Tim & Pam Ervin