Monday, September 22, 2014

How You Vote Counts

Sent from Shoalanda on Pacific Rim stationary where she’s rumored to be partying with a Vince Vaughn look-a-like:

We’ve often blogged on the difference between justice and revenge. Can the two ever be identical? We think so. It’s the sort of Thomas Beckett type question that no one can really answer.

Nothing brings out revenge seekers like political season. Does that mean these individuals are wrong in their assessments of the candidates or just that they might be commenting for all the wrong reasons?

A couple loses their only child to an impaired driver. Do they protest his every parole hearing, or do they agree to the killer’s early release? What would you do? Yes, we know you can’t really comment until you’ve been there, and we sincerely hope you never are.

A con artist dons the mantle of Christian businessman, or woman, and swindles millions from families who are now left without funds for retirement. Can the victims forgive? Remember, there is a difference in forgiving and forgetting. Only God says He forgets our sins.

A ruthless gossip who browbeats his wife and encourages his sons to rape innocent women laughs as he lies about a person who has never done anything but try to help him and his community. His victim loses the only thing that makes life worth living. Can he/she forgive? It brings to mind a sign once posted on a church reader board: Be careful what you say about your enemies; remember you made them.

What would you do, gentle readers? Just how sure can you be of your motives in any of these scenarios?

We encourage each of you to learn all you can about the two candidates for Lauderdale County Sheriff. The two will be debating tomorrow night at UNA at six o’clock. Be there if you can. It should be interesting.

As for Bailey’s humorous thoughts concerning the TD’s extremely odd photo of Chief Hendershot, it really doesn’t matter if he’s green. If you feel he’s the better candidate, vote for him. Just remember that once a candidate is in office, it’s extremely difficult to oust him/her. We’ve had 12 years of a sheriff who once asked the FBI for help with animal control, let’s not make a similar mistake this time..


We’re going to add a related comment here. Many seem to think if one is a Christian, that person should ignore those who hurt others. An elected official gives his friends and family jobs they aren’t qualified for, just don’t mention it. It happens every day.

A little punk plans to kidnap a baby. Oh, please don’t mention that since it might hurt the little piece of excrement’s feelings. After all, it’s not your baby he’s planning on snatching.

In fact, why not shut down the Internet altogether and get all our news from the TimesDaily? No, stand up for what you believe. You might not be popular, but you will make a difference.

1 comment:

  1. Can justice and revenge ever be identical?

    Justice is very important to God. He will not let an injustice stand…He cannot…the foundation of His throne is justice and righteousness. Justice is mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. Jesus, Himself, called it the “weightier matter.” The Bible points out that God loves justice. Not likes. LOVES. In fact, he was displeased when there was no justice. He said “vengeance is Mine,” not ours. Certainly, justice and revenge are not identical. But there is the law of reaping and sowing, whatever you sow, you will reap.

    Respectfully, when you put yourself in the place of punishing others (for example your comments and name calling on the alleged kidnapper-wannabe) you take on a form of revenge. When you continue to drag someone through the mud for real or perceived past actions, you put yourself in danger of the judgment-end of justice. You can’t candy-coat your own malicious, hurtful, and harmful words by continuously pointing out the bad decisions/transgressions of another.

    Again, respectfully, there is a big difference between “reporting” the actual facts of a matter, and calling someone “punk” and “little piece of excrement” with only one side of the story (actions which, in no way, can be misconstrued as “Christian.”)