Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Let it be and let the people be

Conway Daily Sun




Mike Corthell : Hubris for any of us to dare say who goes to heaven


To the editor:

In a recent letter to the editor, Ronald Figuly wrote a short letter in support of traditional marriage. He wrote, ‘’If homosexuals were right this would be the end of the world.’’ That isn’t the point in the debate about gay marriage vs. traditional marriage — who is “right” or the definition of “family” for that matter.
I’ll stop for a moment and tell you who I am and where I’m coming from. I am a conservative, having defected from the liberal camp in the mid-1970s. I am a Republican, although I don’t always vote for the Republican candidate. I vote for the best person for the job. I am a Libertarian. I am a parent and grandparent. But what most defines Mike Corthell is that I am a Christian, born of water and of the Spirit.
So, this debate is about rights, not about who is right. We, in America, are blessed with freedom. What we do with that freedom is up to us and our own conscience. We can do great things or we can do things that our peers consider bad or even evil. We can love or we can hate. We can even act stupid if that is our choice. To be truly free we, do indeed need to be able to choose — for ourselves — just as long as we do not harm another or infringe on their right to exercise their freedom.
In the Old Testament a passage says that homosexuality is a sin (and a whole bunch of other behaviors by the way). In the New Testament God says, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her (an adulteress)’’ and, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.’’ Do you want to be told what to do – or what not to do?
Live and let live. Let your fellow creatures do so as they wish with no harm done to you. It is with great and extreme hubris that any of us dare say who goes to heaven and who is forever damned and separated from God. Don’t fall into that trap.
One last observation concerning the quote above, ‘’If homosexuals were right this would be the end of the world.’’ While the world isn’t ending, we are very near to the end of the church age. What does that mean to us? It means that God will come and decide what is right, who is right and who goes where. The true translation of “Amen” is “so let it be.” 

So, my friends, let it be and let the people be.

Mike Corthell
Fryeburg

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