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Topic: Betrayal (02/16/04)

TITLE: Letter to the Editor
By Allen Clupny
02/21/04

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ďFor since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.Ē (Romans 1:20,21 NKJV)

Letter to the Editor

Itís election season again and we are watching the sedition of ideas within particular groups in order to realign with others in the name of democracy. People are temporarily shifting their beliefs in order to gain a majority in the hope that an elected official will legitimize their lives. Itís not easy to abort these notions that impassion their lives, but many do with full intention of giving those concepts life once again. And that is the key to betrayal.

Humanity is always looking, consciously or unconsciously to subvert God and his plan for our lives to gain the very thing he offers; ďÖlife, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Ē And it is in the context of acquiring and maintaining these three where the treachery occurs.

As described in the verse above, our ancestors were looking to worship. God had implanted a desire to adore something greater than them, but a rebellion took place in their heart. Not a willingness to subvert the worship that God offered, but the terms it was given. And so there was lying, cheating, corruption, and a host of other actions used to gain Godís promised life seditiously. Men chose to honor themselves in what they made with their hands instead of honoring God with what he made with his words.

But the betrayal came back to haunt them and it still does today in us. We become slaves to our desire to be glorified because we are unable to maintain it. In our struggle to achieve life, liberty or happiness we constantly fight to keep it from slipping through our hands. Humanity is just not able to manage Godís gifts without God.

So we have two choices; live a life that subverts Godís will or live in Godís will.


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Donna Anderson02/23/04
You preceive correctly!!! I choose the later! :)
Dave Wagner02/24/04
Verbose and windy. Your points would be much better served with simpler, humbler language. As it is, you seem to be to be searching for reasons to use big words, and thus you double the length unnecessarily.

I dunno...I hate to sound like a downer, but really, I think you should rethink your approach. Perhaps it is just a fluke, or experiment, and the rest of your work isn't like this. I shall withhold further judgment until I locate more of your work.

BTW, I think you're close on the "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" concept, in relation to God. But I think it is more accurate to state "Life, liberty and the pursuit of righteousness. I don't think our daily happiness is really very high on God's priority list...
L.M. Lee02/26/04
I set before you life and death....dah let's see....what will I choose?

God answers...CHOSE LIFE DUMMY!

I agree!