To the editor:

Fear ... when I was 12 or 13 years old, an older boy, a bully, slapped me hard. I was fearful so had no response.

In 1968 I watched grown men kneel and cry in fear or sit paralyzed in order to not patrol with the rest of our small groups.

Now the Republic kneels in fear of the COVID to the likes of the vacillating Tony Fauci while our governor, in fear of someone, mandated masks thinking we are sheep to be herded.

In fear of someone our state did not align with others contesting the fraudulent presidential election.

In fear, our state legislators voted down SJ2 in order to not become part of the Convention of States.

My faith is in my Creator God Who tells me: “Do not fear for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 4:10)

If you fear ... find someone to help you to know and understand our God who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth (Jeremiah 9:24), then listen silently, learn, stand up and act in obedience to Him.

No guarantees other than God.

(s) steve wood


(3) comments

Vincent Vanata

Interesting comment. So, faith is really fictional or only exists in in a vacuum? I guess one could re-write the definition of faith and come up with one wants it to be. However, if we look at things, in this case faith, at a basic level, in definition, we see the following:

1a: allegiance to duty or a person

b(1): fidelity to one's promises

(2): sincerity of intentions acted in good faith

2a(1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God

(2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion

b(1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof clinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return

(2): complete trust

If someone has faith in something or in this case, God, how dare someone criticize the belief of one’s faith? The First Amendment guarantees your right to an opinion, but it also guarantees one’s right to exercise their faith.

The commenter in this matter is right when he states there is no guarantee of a supreme deity, but he neglects to validate the value of faith. When we “believe” we affirm our belief in a hereafter and a supreme being, God. Ultimately, when we die we either find ourselves before God and being judged for what we have done or failed to do, or we just fade to black. For me, I will take the path of faith.

For you I would recommend petitioning Merriam-Webster to have your definition included in what faith is. See how that works for you.

Dewey Vanderhoff

News flash: there is no guarantee of a supreme deity, either. All you got is 3,000 years of thirdhand oral history and a looseleaf bindery of highly edited or revised verbage published in at least 40 different forms .

Faith can only exist in a vaccum. Faith is the presence of something else absent. Faith is highly fictional. Beliefs without facts... aren't.

Scott Conger

Dewey, I had faith that you'd pen some sort of negativity the moment I read the headline. You didn't let me down. At least SOME faith works, it seems.

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