Letter: It’s a Matter of Choice
To the Editor:
A very small percentage of the people control an overwhelming percentage of information. If information is told to people long enough, they generally start to believe what they are told, regardless of the truth.
According to an Associated Press article in the March 21 Valley News, a 2012 Gallup Poll shows that the six New England states are the nation’s least religious states (“Southern Baptists Try to Take on New England”). This same article reports that while many go to church, they know very little about Scripture. This explains the mystery of why people are condoning sin these days while claiming to be Christian.
If folks would read the Bible and learn what God’s laws are, they would be less apt to misinterpret his words. God created man, then woman. He also created marriage, between one man and one woman. He intended marriage to last for life.
The point is this: The Boy Scouts were formed on a Christian belief, and the Scouts were taught the principles of proper Christian behavior and the importance of knowing the Scripture and living clean lives. Nowhere in the Scout manual does it teach them to disobey God’s laws and to condone sin. Quite the opposite, in fact. Scripture tells us in many different places that homosexuality is wrong (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13). It cannot be stated any clearer than that.
The folks who wrote the March 21 Forum letter titled “Norwich Scouts Take A Stand” seem to be saying that they are teaching the Scouts that total tolerance of sin is OK. Here’s what we need to know instead: God indeed loves everyone equally. Everyone was created with a choice of will, and God never forces himself on anyone. If we choose not to obey his laws, then when we breathe our last breath, we will not live in eternity, but in hell. This is all explained in the Bible, and before folks continue to condone and promote sinful lifestyles, I suggest they first read and learn the rules in the master’s great book. This is something our elected leaders need to do as well, from the president to our governor.
W. B. Fisk Sr.