Pray for more discernment

In response to the letter by Bobby Etheridge (“Country was much worse,” Nov. 14): He rhetorically asked the question: “If the United States was founded on Christian principles, how did slavery exist for decades after the nation was founded?”

I will answer his question with a question. How can Mr. Etheridge, a self-professed Christian of 53-plus years, support a president and other politicians who openly and aggressively promote sinful behavior? The answer is, of course, that Christians are not perfect, and sometimes it takes a while for us to get it right.

In Mr. Etheridge’s case, I would think 53 years should be enough time to gain discernment, but I will continue to be patient and pray that he sees the error of supporting those who advocate in favor of abortion, same-sex marriage and many other anti-Christian principles. As horrendous as slavery was, it was corrected, and I would contend that America’s record on abortion is far worse in the eyes of God.

I would agree with Mr. Etheridge’s premise that it is our responsibility to help the poor. However, his view that “help for the poor” must be done through federal programs is, I think, un-Scriptural. I completely support helping those who cannot help themselves. However, we must re-evaluate who should be helped and who should be required to help themselves. I personally know several people who are able to work who have chosen not to work because of the many federal programs available.

Dr. Ben Carson’s evaluation of Obamacare is accurate in saying it is the “‘worst thing that has happened to this nation since slavery. It is slavery because it aims to make all of us subservient to the government. It was never about health care. It was about control.”

This logic also extends to most federal anti-poverty programs, because many who are “helped” end up being “enslaved.”

President Obama promised many things when he and the Democratic Party forced through Obamacare. One such promise was that elective abortions will not be covered. However, as we have recently learned, what he promises and what actually is may be two different things. The back door to taxpayer-funded elective abortions has been left wide open with multistate plans, not to mention forcing all plans to cover abortifacients and contraceptives. Obama has never attempted to hide his support for abortion or Planned Parenthood. Please don’t be deceived again.

I would encourage Mr. Etheridge and all Christians who are relying on our federal government to be the purveyor of morality and charity to prayerfully re-evaluate their support in the light of Scripture. We find no instruction in Scripture to cast our responsibility to help our brother on an ever-increasingly Godless and secular government. Pray for America and discernment in our churches.

Robert M. Sheffer

North Augusta, S.C.

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