As of Tuesday, August 15, 2017
In response to the recent letter [Aug. 9 issue] from Al Knowles: Al, you don’t know either history or the Bible.
First you say that, “We have, as a people, been trying to get away from our maker for at least 60 years or more.” Yes, much more. Ungodly behavior in our nation has been raging for hundreds of years.
From the beginning of our republic, there was home-grown slavery and the African slave trade. After slavery, there were lynch mobs killing negroes. There were sweatshops where little children had to work long hours every day. There was discrimination and even persecution against the Irish, the Italians, the Chinese, the Mormons and many others. There was forced prostitution of young girls. Alcoholism was rampant. On the frontier, there were many crimes committed by white people that vigilante hangings were commonplace. Gambling of all types was prevalent everywhere, with all of the addiction and violence that goes with it.
So moral standards and decency have ‘always’ been low in this country. In spite of Al’s inaccurate statement, we, as a people, in general, ‘never did’ know our maker. So, Al, where did you get your history from – a comic book?
In regard to the Bible: Yes, Jesus said that He did not come “to abolish the law or the prophets…” (Matthew 5:17). But that was “before” His death on the cross, which put an end to the covenant at Sinai, the Law of Moses. And so, “after” the cross, the Apostle Paul wrote that the ancient law – which included the Ten Commandments – was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14). With the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the new covenant is now binding on Christians – a covenant in which we might ask “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be!” (Romans 6:15).
So, it would seem that Al, as an ignorant legalist, doesn’t know any more about the Bible than he knows about history.