Janice Story Ward

Muskogee

I read with interest Mr. Parsons’ recent letter in the Phoenix and sat back to contemplate the message therein. I could not decide whether it was a diatribe against Pres. Trump or a slap against religious persons, Christians in general. Since I profess to be of the Christian faith, I will express my response in that context.

My God is not a political hack. He (or she or they?) allows us to walk whatever path we choose, regardless. We call it religious freedom. Christ, the earthly symbol of our church, was an interesting man. He was not particularly political, he was kind, he was an outward supporter of women, he dined with the deplorables, and uplifted the poor. He welcomed his followers regardless, both Jew and Gentile.

Make no mistake, he was not a wimp. He decried the Pharisees’ self-righteousness and undisputed authority, His way of “draining the swamp” perhaps? He extolled the virtue of the widow, who gave her small mite in private, not loudly with great braggadocio as exhibited by the rich and powerful. He took a whip to the merchants and moneylenders who defiled the Temple. Sound familiar? Are you getting the message here?

We are not a perfect people. We may express ourselves in different ways, but in the end, it is what we do that matters. By all means, express yourself freely, but do not demonize anyone who does not follow your particular ism.

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