Obedience a part of faith

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, November 28, 2003

In

response to Mr. McGonegal's letter concerning the issue of benefits for domestic partners: I believe that the gentleman may have a good point in regards of fairness and equality. However, I resent his attack upon the Christian community in Juneau and I further resent him using a statement by Jesus Christ that he (and many others) confuses as simply a testimony of tolerance. Yes, Jesus said in Matthew 7:1 to not judge for you also will be judged and He also said to love your neighbor as you would want to be loved yourself. However, Christ also commanded each of us to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength (Matt. 22:37-40) and that to love God is to obey his commands (I John 5:3). This is not an issue of tolerance, but instead one of obedience. The Christian community is not oxymoronic nor is it hypocritical; it simply follows the teachings of the Bible. I believe that Mr. McGonegal does not have a very good understanding of Christianity, and that he would rather take only the teachings of Christ that conform to his philosophy and throw the rest away claiming it to be irrelevant. I believe that coming to such conclusions so easily is similar to taking a piece of a puzzle and arrogantly claiming that one piece is representative of the puzzle in its entirety. I am sorry that the gentleman does not understand the importance of morality and how Christ's morality changed the world for the better. To throw morality away because of its inconvenience is foolish. In closing, I hope Mr. McGonegal will be more sensitive and tolerant in his unfounded accusations against the Christian community in the future.

Brian Westad

Juneau



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