Bible puts unrest in context

Now being in my 80th year, I feel I’ve seen it all, from the Great Depression to the recent greater depression. Then came World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan and all the other unrest all over the globe. Every U.S. president in that span has had his share of this kind of turmoil.

I am now concerned about the unrest in our own country caused by our current president – the divisions he has brought about between youth and elderly, wealthier and less-than-wealthy, black and white, etc., to say nothing of the military versus the rest of the civilians who don’t understand military ways. Even our political parties are more divided than ever. I have recently been referred to the Bible, and Isaiah 9:10 (look it up!).

President Obama keeps referring to the Book of Luke: “(T)o whom much is given, much is expected.” (also from the inaugural address of John F. Kennedy). I would like to suggest that Mr. Obama also refer to Matthew 25:29: “For to everyone who has, more will be given; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” The Bible also reminds us “the poor will always be among us.” If wealth is taken away, from where will come the help we are expected to give?

I would also suggest another very pertinent reference to our current times – II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Heaven only knows we are in great need of healing.

Carolyn Kershner

Augusta

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