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Letter to the Editor – Politics

To the Editor:

What is politics?  According to Webster’s Dictionary, it is: (1a) the art or science of government; (b): the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy; (c): the art of science concerned with winning and holding control over a government; (2a): political actions, practices or policies;  (3a): political affairs or business; specif: competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government);  (b): political life esp. as a principal activity or profession; (c): political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices; (4): the political opinions or sympathies of a person; (5): the total complex of relations between people in society.

When I was growing up, I heard many times that one should never discuss politics of religion. The reason being that it would cause arguments within the family or the community.

So, what does it mean to discuss something?  Again Webster says: (a) to investigate by reasoning or argument; (b) to present in detail for examination or consideration; (c) to talk about.

Too often discussions lead to anger.

The point I wish to make is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with talking about politics or religion.  Our government is meant to protect us and make decisions about things that affect our daily lives. Our religion is the very foundation of our spiritual lives, the most important thing we live by. Without our belief in God and his Son, Jesus, we would be just people wandering in the wilderness, lost and without hope.  It is a belief that we hold in minds and hearts. Our government is there to protect our religious rights.

So, now I ask you, why would it not be important to talk about politics? Can anyone take away our right to religious freedom?  You bet.  It has been done, it is being done right this minute. Christians are dying in the Middle East every day.  It has been done here in America.  Prayer in schools not allowed and many other instances of Satan’s war against Christians.  Who do you want to be our local, state and federal leaders? Talk about it with your family, your relatives, your community.  Don’t be afraid of talking about something so important to our survival.

Norma Thompson

                     Ava, Mo.