Letter to the Editor: Let’s pray for the whole human race


Only in America?

In America, the tragic killings in Charleston, South Carolina, are hard to understand. But President Obama is wrong when he says this doesn’t happen elsewhere. Ask the relatives of the 11 employees of Charlie Hebdo in France , or the parents of the 69 children murdered at a camp in Oslo, Norway. The president is also wrong to say the problem is easy access to guns. Ask the relatives of Middle East Christians beheaded with machetes.

The problem is sin. The problem is hate. The problem is evil. The church and Christians are criticized for pointing this out. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says:

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

So if people are dying in their sins without the love of God in their heart, this letter “stinks” to them and they will find much to criticize about it.

We used to sing in our churches, in America, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight…”

We used to believe that in our churches, in America. It’s time we did again. There is only one race, the human race and we are all a part of it. The fact that we have different skin color only reminds us that the God who created us likes diversity. May we all join together and pray for the people of Charleston, ourselves, our country and the whole human race.

Pastor Harold Wetzel, Valley Central Church, New Market

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