LETTER TO EDITOR: Letter reflected right-wing self-righteousness
Merle Hexum has outdone himself! The contents of his most recent letter are ridiculous and disturbing. There's no other way to say it. Among other things, his letter is hateful and divisive. And it's judgmental!
Merle instinctively knows that he's being judgmental. Why else would he preface his letters with what has become his standard and silly claim to the contrary? Merle, "methinks thou dost protest too much". Using different words to describe that which at its core is judgmental does not change its judgmental nature. "A rose by any other name is still a rose." (Both quotes are paraphrases.)
Merle fails to see the arrogance and utter lack of humility in his implicit claim of having deciphered that which separates the "true" essence of Christianity (his Christianity) from the "false". With the stroke of a pen, he has resolved many of the great controversies that have plagued Christianity for centuries.
As the world shrinks and as the course of human events inexorably demands a greater understanding between people and cultures, Merle insists on a head-in-the-sand closed-mindedness, bigotry, and self-righteousness. His approach does not allow for the kind of interaction and understanding that national and world affairs and genuine Christianity demand.
Merle might not like the increasing diversity found in this country. He might not like what serious science is revealing. But he'd best get used to those trends as they are not going to go away. History is not on Merle's side. (By way of example, several centuries ago, the Christian church persecuted those who were daring enough to argue--based on science--that the earth revolved around the sun. Church doctrine at that time was that the sun revolved around the earth.)
I'm sure that Merle wants to be treated with fairness and respect. If so, he should reciprocate. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Sounds familiar, doesn't it? The "good Samaritan" practiced "the second greatest commandment" which is to "love your neighbor as yourself". (Luke 10:27) There's a lesson there for us all.
(NOTE: My knowledge of these matters is not great. However, I do have some. Perhaps the most significant is what I learned from observing my parents. They were profoundly Christian in a fairly conservative way. Most importantly, they not only professed their faith but lived it. They were consistently humble, kind, generous, and loving in their treatment of others without regard to class, color, or creed. They valued education and were not afraid of honest intellectual and scientific exploration. They didn't pass harsh judgments on others. And they spent almost five of the last years of their lives doing medical missionary work--mostly in west Africa. They were incredible examples of what is good about Christianity.)