Dec. 26th's Letters to the Editor
I recently received the new county phone directory. Once again I am reminded that my eyesight is not what it used to be. Now both the USATODAY and the directory have such small print that they are virtually unreadable except by those with 20ty-20ty vision. I think a magnigfier should be included. As for me the directory will be shredded. I will keep the old one for reference. I appreciate the cost issue but believe both these publications do a disservice to the people they intend to serve.
Linda Harvey, Cardington
The angel’s greeting of Luke 2:14 may have sounded strange in the ears of the Judean shepherds. Their world was one of economic and political uncertainty. The Roman Peace, Pax Roma, was no assurance of safety from violent criminals. Part of the high taxes went to fund protective forces, but these were stationed to protect the wealthy and the politically favored of Rome. Ordinary citizens were abandoned to the criminal minds of the day.
The angels told of a savior. Could this be the promised return of the kingdom of David? The shepherds would agree they needed rescue from their economic and political status. It would also seem that it would take Gxod to make such a change. Roman politicians had copied Gaul’s Bread and Circuses policy of 100 years earlier to ensure a loyal mass of followers and extracted ever higher taxes to support their mobs.
A few would have said the corrupt religious practices that enriched a few and enslaved many in a distracted tangle of ritual generated the need for rescue. But the angel said the good news was for ”all”. How could the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have good news for those who did know or rejected Him?
God injected Himself into a violent, oppressive, unbelieving world with a message of peace and hope unlike anything anyone could imagine. God was going to the root of the problem; our self serving nature. His message of great joy was that we could be have peace with Him. His words recorded for 1500 years before the event would unfold in perfect order.
In the 2000 years since the event many have tried to twist science, archeology, literature and history to distort and deny the offer. It is not cheap, it will cost you your ego. It may cost you some ridicule or your job in this country for now. It may cost you your life in other places in the world. The words still ring true if you are willing to believe and trust God.
Bob Clark, Edison