Editor, Times-Union:
It has dawned on me that all my writing about our government’s faults is probably not doing a lot of good. I have blamed our government for a lot, which really is not its fault but a general downward spiral of morals in the U.S. I should have written the story about how I came to find the Lord.
You are probably asking yourself how that has anything to do with the government. Well, let me explain. I read a lot of news and check out news on the Internet, so it is easy to see that the world is in pretty bad shape. Coming from a Christian home, I had read the Bible but surely did not live by it.
Early last year my uncle passed away and the pastor that preached the funeral made a simple statement that changed my life. During the sermon he said these simple words, “You know Jesus is coming back. All you have to do is read this (he was holding a Bible in his hand) and pick up a newspaper and read it.” Then he said it again. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew he was right on.
Simply he was saying a lot of what happens today has already been prophesied about in the Bible. Read Mathew 24 and you will see what I mean.
So I have said all this to say this much. God is in control of all this and he has a plan for it all. As same as he has a plan for you and I. So instead of going off on Obama and our government, I should have realized and known that God has a plan already in place for all of us.
But I will tell you one thing that will turn this economy and mess around – prayer. I myself still say prayers for this nation and its leaders, all of them. There are just so many things that the U.S and world support and believe in now that go against God’s word.
My mother, who passed away in 1995, used to say she didn’t know how the world could stand much longer because of all the meanness in the world. I wonder sometimes what she would think if she saw the world today. So I don’t know if this will be my last letter to the editor or not. I think there are going to be tough times ahead. I guess instead of grumbling about them the best thing to do would be to pray about them.
I will close with this verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Lonnie Slone
Warsaw, via e-mail