Listen to Darrell
Much has been made of President Obama lecturing Christians, the “we” in his speech, to not get on our high horse regarding the Islamic terrorism going on now versus what happened centuries ago. He was referring to the fact that he claims to also be a Christian, a fact many of us, if we are honest, have doubts.
I would like to give some encouragement to my Christian brothers and sisters by pointing out that if you didn’t listen to Darrell Waltrip, please go and listen to what he had to say. He had twice as much to say as the president and said what we as born again saints have prayed over and over in our churches, in our prayer times, in our closets and in our prayer requests at our gatherings.
At Iron Men in Warner Robins every Friday, a group of men assemble at 6 a.m. to fellowship, pray and listen to local men give their testimonies, share their burdens, and highlight the ministries with which we are involved. At each meeting we pray for the president, vice president, Congress and all who are in authority. Oh, the joy I feel in knowing that our prayers were heard.
During Darrell Waltrip’s message, he exhorted the people to turn to Jesus Christ. He said, “If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ, all you are is a good man or a good woman, but you will wind up in hell.” Wow. How many of us have questioned Obama’s faith or whether he had ever heard the true gospel? Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, our prayers have been answered. Not only did the president hear the clear gospel message of salvation, but so did the Dalai Lama, the Muslims who were present, the Jewish people who were present, and the “religious” people who came to this very ecumenical meeting. Jesus Christ was exalted in his proper place and time in the history of our nation. Billy Graham could have done no better than did our brother in Christ, Darrell Waltrip. What the people who heard Darrell speaking of his relationship with Jesus Christ will do with it is a matter of free will. The seed was planted, the gospel was preached, the ears heard and cannot forget what they heard, and on the Day of Judgment, which will come to all of us, that gathering will have eternal consequences.
So rejoice, give thanks unto God for his unspeakable gift and acknowledge that he is able to penetrate into the halls of government without worrying about a wall of separation. No one ever thought it would be a man who drove in circles for a living would be the answer to our prayers. We thought maybe some great theologian would deliver this life-changing message, but our God used a man who many of us would give little thought. I think he refers through the Apostle Paul, “He chooses the weak, to confound the mighty.” Let us continue to pray, for God will not let his Word return unto himself void.
-- Anthony Smith
Treat non-elective conditions
Your reporting on the results of a study conducted in Canada and France on the efficacy of Truvada, an FDA approved prophylactic drug, when used by gay men prior to and after having risky sex, truly made my stomach turn on several accounts. I am very concerned about treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, which is a disease condition NOT contracted by risky behavior, nor is it a condition which is willfully accessed by its victims.
There are a number of potentially beneficial treatments, or schemes for treatment, which are not being pursued in this country, even though being approved for prescription in other countries. The FDA approval process is either painfully slow or non-existent. One is the use of a nasal spray (approved in Canada and the UK) using a derivative of cannabis oil for MS spasticity. The other is research on stem cell technology to help arrest progression of MS or to even repair neurological damage that has been done.
I am appalled that this nation will focus its energies on treatments/palliatives for AIDS/HIV, which in many cases are “elective” diseases and ignore a body of people who are afflicted with “non-elective” conditions which are in many cases totally debilitative. In my humble opinion, our priorities (and our dollars) are misfocused. America, with its superior health industry, is letting down the MS community.
-- Peter Christensen
How many weeks has it been since Anthem Life lost control of Blue Cross/Blue Shield info on Georgia residents. Past time for them to have sent a letter on what they intend to do about it. I called to ask why no letter yet and was told the information was transferred to second party to monitor for two years. Really, two years that we have to drag around for the rest of our lives. I called Social Security office and guess what, you can’t get a new number until someone uses your old number.
For the rest of our lives we will be expected to wait and see if we can file tax info, make large purchases or even apply for new credit. BCBS won’t even talk to you about it any more. Go ahead and try, they will send you so fast to this third party and they don’t tell you that’s where they’re sending you. All they will talk about is your premiums or any claims you might have.
To add insult to injury, you can’t even switch carriers after the enrollment period so firing them this year is out of the question without a qualifying event. I think loss of fiduciary confidence should qualify but evidently not. I don’t think I’ve ever had more remorse about a purchase in my life and I will never do business with them again. Badly handled from one end to the other. Thanks for nothing.
-- Jeanna Haye Cook