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LETTER TO EDITOR: God calls his children 'Apple of His Eye'

I have a 3-year-old daughter who's stolen her daddy's heart. She is the apple of my eye. I would do anything to keep her from danger. Since she's only 3, she doesn't understand danger. Sometimes she wants to run, and if left to herself she dashes toward the street. As her father, I have a responsibility to protect her. This includes; the power to restrain her, the authority to discipline her, and the duty to rebuke and correct her. Because I have a great love for her, I will not neglect my duty.

God calls His children "The Apple of His Eye". He loves us infinitely more than we love our kids. God's done everything to keep us from danger, even laying down His own life. God has the power to restrain us and the authority to discipline us; but the task of rebuking and correcting (not judge), He has committed to men. If a Christian loves his brother, he'll not neglect this duty. I'm not trying to win a popularity contests, but open blind eyes. "2 Tim. 4:2-4 I command you to preach God's message. Do it willingly, even if it isn't the popular thing to do. You must correct people and point out their sins, but also being patient ,exhort and instruct them. The time is coming when people won't listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear. They will turn from the truth and listen to fables."

Does admonishing Christians to stop embracing evil; make one self-righteous, hateful, disrespectful, intolerant, judgmental, divisive, condemning, arrogant and narrow-minded? No individuals were judged, or even mentioned. If anybody felt as if they were being judged, it was their own conscience condemning them, not me.

Liberals claim to promote tolerance, yet they're extremely intolerant. To silence Christians, they promote hate speech legislation. They tolerate sin, but not truth. Pastors teaching exclusively the goodness of God, but nothing about God's severity, are harmful. "Rom. 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off."

It's not judging when you examine the fruit of an ungodly ideology and reprove Christians for endorsing it. It is judging when you condemn a persons motives, without being able to look into their heart. I wrote a rebuking letter because I love sinners, but hate sin. "Ps. 97:10 You who love the LORD, hate evil!"

I love verses that speak of God's mercy, His grace and His love; but by not embracing all elements of God, we create our own God, a fictitious one. Many avoid scriptures that speak of God's judgment, His severity, and His chastisement; in order to justify evil, escape correction and avoid conviction. We all love John 3:16, but continue reading the next few verses. Those who love sin and continue in darkness have already been judged (not by me). They reject the light for fear of being exposed, because they want to practice evil.

No! not all liberals will go to hell, only the unrepentant ones. God loves everyone and accepts former Muslims, ex-Gays, and even recovering Democrats; but they must change. "2 Tim. 2:19 But God's truth stands firm like a foundation: The Lord knows those who are his, and all who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil."

Kindness is not tolerance. Equal opportunity is not equal outcome. Racial equality is not reverse discrimination. Humility is not weakness. Generosity does not enable. Love often corrects. Tolerance without repentance is deception.

I realize my letters are harsh and may offend people, but hopefully employing tough love may convict (not condemn) some and change their hearts. Godly sorrow causes conviction, which produces repentances (change); but worldly sorrow brings condemnation, which produces guilt (death). One message, two different results. The same sun that melt's wax, also hardens cement. It's not a message issue, it's a heart issue.

If I'm arrogant and narrow-minded, I'm in good company. Peter had the audacity to proclaim: Jesus is the only name whereby men must be saved. John was so narrow-minded he said: If you don't believe in Jesus, you're already condemned. Paul was so impudent he stated; only the grace of the Lord Jesus could save you. Jesus was considered self-righteous when He announced: No one comes to the Father except through Himself. Jesus was narrow-minded when He said: the road to heaven was narrow and only a FEW will find it; but the road to hell was wide and many will enter it. It's ok to be narrow-minded, if your right. It sure beats being closed-minded and intolerant.

Merle Hexum

Perham, MN