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Carl H. Royster: Editorial 9-12-12

I for one will be glad when the November elections have come and gone. The bickering and the badgering, the endless propaganda, the half-truths and the outright lies – they all tend to make one wonder when enough is enough.

It is one thing to express an opinion based on knowledge, experiences, facts, and figures. But when the meat of your presentation involves nothing more than personal attacks on someone, you are not making an argument. You are simply being mean. And furthermore, one does not present their side of a case by trying to prevent the opposition’s opinion from even being expressed through the public media or other legal means. That is simply censorship.

Regardless of all the wranglings coming from all around and even though I may have certain political feelings one way or the other, there is one thing I can say for certain – I try to not put my faith in either side because, in the end, they are all mere men. Instead, I try to put my faith and my trust in the one and only Holy God, our Heavenly Father, the creator of the universe, the One in whom I believe.

Now, there will be some who read that and will scoff, laugh, and perhaps even ridicule me for saying so. But that’s okay. If you don’t believe in God, that is your choice, and I support your freedom to not believe. But I also have the freedom to choose to believe. After all, freedom for everyone is a truly American quality conceived over 200 years ago, right?

Well, actually, no. The freedom of choice goes back much further, back to the very beginning when God created the first humans. It is a quality He granted to every single one since and to all those yet to come. You see, even with all of His wisdom and power, God still gives us the freedom to choose Him or to not choose Him. But He does not “stack the deck” against those who do not choose Him through personal attacks, lies, and censorship. It truly is a free choice for each and every one.

When it is all said and done, and the next president is finally decided upon this coming November, there is one fact that will remain no matter what – God will still be in control just as He always has been. I believe in Him, and I am happy that I have the freedom to choose Him. But you don’t have to choose God, you don’t have to believe in Him, and that is your freedom as well.

I will be praying for you.

Carl H. Royster

Kingston Springs

 

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