Only God knows
I am addressing comments in Phil DeGiulio’s letter [DRC, Aug. 29].
He says, “It’s time for religious preachers to preach what their higher power advocates, not their political beliefs.” However, the rest of the letter is about subjects that are all related to politics.
Since he apparently regards himself as a “real Christian,” he may recall the Scripture warning us not to judge. I would encourage being very careful about accusing people of being “phony Christians.” Only God knows what’s in their hearts.
Regarding birth control as “denying one of God’s children to be born, and is a form of abortion,” I’m assuming he’s speaking of the birth control pill and other devices that prevent ovulation.
No egg. No fetus to abort. It is not “abortion.”
We have the right to support or oppose the death penalty. We need to make sure it is just and protects the innocent. I don’t believe “guts” have anything to do with preaching about it; I choose to believe it’s discernment about keeping politics out of their preaching.
I hope that preachers would only encourage, not preach, prayerful thought about the death penalty.
And war: Matthew 24:6, Jesus said, “It is going to happen that you are going to hear of battles and reports of wars. Take heed that you will not be troubled, for it is necessary that all these things should happen, but it will not yet be the end.”
Don’t be troubled, Mr. DeGiulio. War is inevitable, and God is in control.