Regarding recent column, answers will come from God

In response to Henry Reiff’s March 24 opinion column about why Christians aren’t ashamed of their support of President Trump, I have a few insights that may help him understand. Mr. Reiff claims to be a Christian but seems ignorant of the Bible which is, of course, the Christian’s guidebook for life.

In I Timothy, Christians are instructed to pray for those in authority. In Romans 13, Christians are instructed to be subject to the governing authority because God himself has placed them in authority. These two instructions have personally helped me endure the policies of former leaders with whom I disagreed politically. Mr. Reiff, I will never be ashamed of obeying God’s instruction. I would think as a Christian, you would agree. I would like to know if you were outraged at Bill Clinton’s behavior with Monica Lewinsky and others while leading Arkansas and the United States. If you weren’t, then sir, I’m afraid your moral authority comes up short.


Do I wish the president had better character? Yes. Do I wish members of your party would be mature enough to not engage in 24/7 slandering of all things conservative? Yes. Do I wish your party cared about the most vulnerable, the unborn? Yes. Do I wish everyone who wants to come into this country would come legally, and once here, to be law abiding? Yes. Do I wish both political parties would work together for the good of the citizens instead of playing political games? Yes. Do I wish all humans would be honest, just, kind, helpful and not fearful of those who are different from themselves? Yes.

I don’t know all the answers but I do know the answers will come from God. If you and I, who have publicly called ourselves Christians, would follow His instructions without putting our slant on them, I think we can be a lot better at unifying America than ridiculing those we don’t agree with politically. Lastly, as a self-proclaimed Christian, I would think you would know the two most important instructions from God are found in Matthew 22; ‘“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Darlene Peterson


Whatever the label, certain ideas improve quality of life

I felt compelled to write after reading the recent Op-Ed pieces by Henry Reiff and John Cullom concerning conservative Christian beliefs. I gathered from both a genuine concern for our community and a need to honestly express their understanding of what it means to be both Christian and a good citizen. I applaud both writers for their willingness to speak out when our country is so divided and when most people — at home and abroad — believe our country is not headed in the right direction.

I believe in the sanctity of life, a conservative Christian belief, but I believe that we owe as much to the born as the unborn. I don’t only believe in the right of a child to be born, but also that any child should be nurtured in such a way that he or she has a fair chance for life and happiness. I believe in the rights of the small child in the arms of a refugee mother willing to cross any border to give her child a better life. I believe in the rights of a small child born anywhere whose young parents struggle to find meaningful work and a safe place for their child to play and grow and learn. I believe in working together with others to provide economic, social, and environmental justice for all. I believe in working together with others to fight against evil in its many forms. I believe in protecting the Earth, which is God’s gift to all His children.

Lately, these ideas might be given labels like “Liberal” and “Socialist” but they are traditional Judeo-Christian values. They are simple ideas that remind us of the Christian commandment to love God and love our neighbors. Whatever label we put on these ideas, they may be ones that improve the quality of our life together on the planet. They may be the ideas that prevent, or at least delay, our extinction as a species. Can we as a society step beyond these labels and learn to live differently for the good of our children, both the born and the unborn?

Katy Burke Stanton