Life matters


By Carroll E, Pahl, retired pastor



Editor:

More shootings, news programs reporting violence on a daily basis, robberies of homes and businesses, and more, with people asking what is going on?

It should be no surprise when we have devalued human life to where an unborn human being is considered no more than a piece of meat. Then, when born, if one is of a certain group they are considered of less value. There is the push to control weapons without any endeavor to control the human heart.

Our Constitution states that “all men (people) are created equal,” but the effort is to make that equality a part of every phase of human existence. The fact is, as has been stated in the past, “free men are not equal, and equal men are not free.” Equality is the death knell of achievement

We praise organizations such as Planned Parenthood, whose founder said that a certain ethnic group is inferior and should be eliminated. Affirmative Action says to minorities and others that you cannot make it on your own without us. Entitlements guarantee that certain values are yours without working to achieve them.

Beside the violence we see in our cities, there is a power of selfishness which says their belief system guarantees personal pleasure beyond this life, with multiple sexual partners and eternal joy That is the thrust of radical Islam.

The problem is, there is a system that states equality of everyone, regardless of ethnic identity, gender or background. I try to live under that system to the best of my ability, but we have seen it taken away from public life. That system was the basis for our original national government, that states that “we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, that of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

But we do not recognize that Creator, yet blame Him when everything goes wrong. It is true that each person is free to worship who or what he will, but take that away, and it strips each of their dignity and purpose for life. When life does not matter, why should we be upset when it is taken from us so much in our world today?

Life does matter, and each must give each other the dignity and purpose to develop it to the fullest. Perhaps Reverend Wright was closer to the truth than we dare to accept.

Carroll E, Pahl, retired pastor

Greenville

By Carroll E, Pahl, retired pastor