News from the Tennessee Valley Religion

Eileen M. James

Constructive deeds, not insults

When asked to write a few religion columns for THE DECATUR DAILY, I certainly didn't feel worthy of the assignment. Most of us tend to be cautious about voicing our views for public scrutiny.

However, I've learned, as Mary Baker Eddy said, "not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even when it is, unless the offense be against God."

There is an offense against God that is becoming too common in everyday experience: men, women and even children resorting to malice and revenge. Why can't we just get along with each other?

We are taught as Christians that God is truth and love and to follow Jesus' example by loving our neighbors and blessing our enemies. The Bible tells us, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" (I John 4:20)

For instance, last Sunday in THE DAILY, there was an article about the negative tone of the legislative race in House District 4. The headline spoke for itself: "Mass-mailed insults." Instead of resorting to personal attacks, how much better it would be to respect each other's positions and focus on constructive solutions.

It was the picture on the next page that really caught my attention. Two men were building something together, and the caption read: "One church helping another. Members of St. Luke United Methodist Church were constructing a wheelchair ramp for the David Temple Primitive Baptist Church on 11th Avenue Northwest on Saturday."

That picture was worth a thousand words. It's a wonderful illustration of individuals living their Christian ideals and working together for the good of mankind.

What an example for us all.

Eileen James of Huntsville is lay reader at Decatur First Church of Christ, Scientist. She is one of several local people writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith at 340-2468.

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