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LETTER TO EDITOR: Rather than debate-put faith in action

To the editor:

Since coming to work in Perham about 15 months ago, I have read the paper and been interested in the religious dialogue that has taken place through the editorial section. I am not prone to jumping into such debates, but recently as I read the Bible I came across this verse from 1 John 3:18 which reads, "Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." It seemed appropriate to share this as I read the recent opinion about the theory of evolution.

We hear and see so many words from religious and faithful people about evolution, homosexuality, abortion, and other hot button issues. Would not our time be better spent putting the words aside and living out our faith in action as the author of 1 John recommends? Why are the people who write to the editor not equally outraged over the poverty that exists in our own community?

At the heart of Jesus' ministry is the idea that we are to sacrifice ourselves and serve those in need; yet, no one seems real passionate and fired up to debate that. These writers make faith seem like a trivial intellectual pursuit, instead of the very difficult challenge of fulfilling the new command Jesus gave to his disciples in John 13:34 saying, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." It is far easier and safer to pick up the pen than roll up your sleeves but I invite you to that challenge.

God bless,

Rob McNair

Director of Youth & Family Ministry

Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham