As we continue through the sesquicentennial commemoration of the War Between the States, the focus is, of course, on the events of 1864. For Georgia, especially the central portion, no other year would hold as much drama, tragedy and loss. In that vicinity occurred the July 1864 Battle of Sunshine Church and the November 1864 Battle of Griswoldville.
The conflict of Sunshine Church resulted in the capture of the highest-ranking Union prisoner of war -- Maj. Gen. George Stoneman. The Southern Recorder, a Milledgeville newspaper of Aug. 23, 1864, disclosed that one of Stonemans officers confined in Camp Oglethorpe (Macon) tendered some gratuitous advice to a Confederate officer... The Yankee acknowledged that Shermans army, for the most part, was composed of rogues who made war their profession ... should that army ever come near your house, I would advise you to hide all your jewels, your money, your plates, your clothing, provisions and everything else you can possibly put out of the way that would be considered of the least value to anyone in our army.
-- John Wayne Dobson
Dignity of life
In just a few days, there will be marches all over the country to promote the dignity of all human life. Or will it? A favorite pro-abortion tactic is to insist that the definition of when life actually begins is impossible, which is another lie of the pro-abortionists and feminists. The question is anything but a scientific one. It actually is a theological, moral or philosophical question. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was intelligent and spiritually mature enough to know that abortions are racial genocide, especially in the black community where Planned Parenthood builds their abortion mills.
Fetology makes it undeniably evident that life begins at conception and requires all the protection and safeguards that any of us enjoy. Why do some American doctors, who are privy to the findings of fetology, discredit themselves by carrying out abortions? Simply put, its the profit, at $300 or more every time a abortion procedure is done. The industry generates $500 million annually. It is, as usual, all about the money.
It is clear that permissive abortion is purposefully intended for the destruction of what is undeniably a living human life. It is an impermissible act of deadly violence, the cruelest of all child abuse. One must concede that an unplanned pregnancy is a difficult dilemma. But to look for its solution in a deliberate act of destruction is to trash the vast resourcefulness of all human ingenuity.
A march is scheduled for Jan. 22 in most cities in the country to promote the respect and dignity of all human life. The worst thing anyone can do to promote the life and dignity of all of mankind is nothing. Sadly, that seems to be the most chosen path for people today.
-- Br. Vincent Nektarios
Many paths to the hereafter
If theres nobody saved but me oh Lord, If theres nobody saved but me. What kind of heaven would Gods heaven be, if theres nobody saved but me.
-- J.D. Byler
In 1986, the Kingsmen Quartet of Ashville, N.C., recorded a spirited tune by J.D. Byler about an old roustabout that finally found his way into church and was persuaded by a visiting preacher to join the congregation. The following Sunday, he and two sisters of the church were submerged in a heated baptismal pool situated under the church pulpit. The three agreed afterward at a reception that it had been an exhilarating experience.
Later, when Brother Ed passed without speaking and Sister King missed a line in the singing, the old roustabout begin thinking that no one in the congregation was saved but himself. One day he heard the church pastor was in trouble with the law in another state and become convinced all the church members were hypocrites, except himself. Fortunately, Byler ended his tune with the old roustabout coming to understand it was he and not others in the congregation that had strayed from the churchs teachings.
Viewpoints often uses letters from those in our community that cling to narrow religious views and cite biblical passages to support a particular point about the hereafter. A few contributors express, in detail, what will happen to each of us as we depart this life, and some are so judgmental they leave little for the Lord to do on that coming day.
Almost every local writer reserves the walls of Jasper, streets of gold and loaves of manna for the Christian religion, albeit Christianity is followed by less than 50 percent of the worlds population. All other religious orders are usually condemned to an elevator ride into the bowels of damnation as described in the 1953 musical, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
While freedom of religion is an expressed right and a degree of personal proselytism is expected, wouldnt it be good if we could all agree there may be more than one road leading from life as we know it? We live in a big universe, and the number of paths that can be taken from Earth into the galaxies are incalculable. Perhaps we should give pause and accept there are other religious beliefs than those we chose to follow and promote. Maybe any religion that is taught in the absence of harm and violence is OK, as long as we are free to worship all, part or none of its teachings.
Songwriter Hovie Lister years ago wrote a tune we should all find as common ground titled Goodbye World Goodbye. Beyond that, it is a believers choice.
-- John G. Kelley Jr.
Apparently, since the facts no longer suit the nomenclature, global warming has morphed into climate change. Among other august publications, Time magazine, which once saw the circumpolar vortex as a certain sign of global cooling now ascribes it to climate change. Is it not possible that climate change is a natural occurrence on planet Earth that is almost imperceptibly occasioned by human occupation and, therefore, an event to be dealt with rather than futilely fought?
-- T. Len Perkins
My dearest Jesus, you have shown how us how to be humble, and it has brought us to recognise the beauty of caring for others -- the homeless, the lonely, the forgotten, the weak and the sick. Most of all, there are those who do not know you. Help us to be like the good Samaritan. It is in giving that we find the blessing of hope for a brighter tomorrow for all who have needs. We thank you for your amazing, unending love. Holy Lord, I pray. Amen.
-- Sheila Bennett
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