I am a student at Warner Robins High School. I believe that GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, should be allowed to be used with proper care in the U.S. GMOs have created benefits such as making farming cheaper and easier with pest resistance and quicker growth of products, and allows us to make some foods healthier through increased vitamin and mineral counts.
While it is true that several GMO products are causing health issues in both humans and animals, these problems can be remedied, or at least mitigated, with more research and care placed into the business. Humans have always found a way to improve on our own processes. I believe if more effort is put into the GMO industry, we could see vastly improved products that can become healthier in the future.
-- Harrison Jones
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Does God keep his word?
Years ago, I wrote many letters advocating for national renewal and a return of government to its biblical foundation. Like most Christians, I meant well, but I failed to see in my ignorance that not even the Church was fulfilling that objective very well; in fact, it wasn’t even trying.
There’s a popular expression among Christians, especially Southern Baptists, that “the Ten Commandments aren’t the Ten Suggestions.” That is absolutely true. But how much influence do the commandments really have on our lives and traditions? How biblical are they? Have we researched their origins and history, or do we simply assume we are right in doing what we do because our ancestors did them or because they are age-old traditions?
If age impresses us, the Bible is older. And if we love traditions, the Bible is full of them. Many Christians don’t know because they were never taught, that God Himself designated seven seasons (festivals) including the weekly Sabbath (Saturday) for his people to observe “as a permanent regulation” -- meaning that he never intended for them to go away. (Leviticus 23: 1-44).
In his writings concerning end times and the anti-Christ, the prophet Daniel wrote, “He will speak words against the Most High and try to exhaust the holy ones of the Most High. He will attempt to alter the seasons and the law ...” (Daniel 7:25). The thought that our most cherished traditions, including Sunday worship, might be rooted in the anti-Christ makes me shudder.
Could it be that a spirit which hates the Messiah is responsible for doing away with God’s holy times -- times which God guaranteed would bring rest and strength to our families and communities if we observed them? Has the Church been deceived in replacing them with man-made contrivances meant to rob us, underscore our unhappiness and wear us out? And are we offending God and violating his third commandment in attaching his holy name to them?
I can hear the objections now from fellow Christians, so I will say this: If God “changed” his commandments with the coming of the messiah, then God is not a keeper of His word. And if God is not a keeper of his word, then nothing, including our salvation, is secure. God, unlike man, is a keeper of his word.
And I think he would commend Christians for devoting our passion and strength to causes truly worthy of his son, such as striving to recapture the Biblical purity and unity of the early first century Church. It’s not a new challenge. Our Puritan forbears embarked on this journey in the 15th century. They weren’t perfect. No Christian on this side of eternity is perfect. But is there anything wrong with hitching our wagon to The star, our messiah, and heading in that direction?
Vince Lombardi said: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” Surely, what has been said of football can be said all the more of Christianity.
-- Karen Keene
Promoting GM foods
Genetically modified foods are a controversial topic when it comes to food production and how as a society we obtain our food. Many people have concerns about the use of genetically altered foods. I am all for the use of genetically modified foods. Genetic modification of foods is not a new method of food production. The idea dates back hundreds of years to farmers that altered genes in corn to make it into the crop we use today. Genetically modified foods help increase food production by mass amounts, which in turn helps feed countries that would not be able to obtain the food otherwise.
One main concern I do have for genetically modified foods is the amount of testing done on the crop or product. It is true the crops are tested extensively, but it is also true that scientists do not fully understand the consequences or reactions these modifications will have on humans. Genetically modified foods are beneficial, but they need to be examined over very long periods of time with high amounts of testing and higher understanding in what reactions these crops will have on humans. Genetically modified foods are advancements in food production. We as society must try harder to accept this and promote it.
-- Tyler Yann