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December 5, 2013

VALLEY: Forward this column and get into heaven.

(Continued)

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Phooey!

Let me state emphatically that what I’m about to say is not for bragging purposes but to make a point. I read the Bible at least twice a week. That’s not going to guarantee me a “Get out of hell!” card or a coupon for a half-priced halo. But one cannot do that for almost 20 years without garnering some kind of spiritual insight. 

The truth is, sure, I would like to see God’s name incorporated on and in our government buildings, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. I’m very comfortable with where I am with God. I don’t need reminders, I am constantly aware of His presence.

Personally, I’d like to see God’s name etched in people’s hearts, more so than on the cornerstone of a building. I’d like to see God engrained in humankind’s daily lives, not on the door of some federal edifice. I’d like to see society stamp the Ten Commandments into their conscience, not on a sign in front of any structure the government owns. An inanimate object has no soul, people do.

Personal insight tells me that these petitions (e-mails) lack a root system in the first place. Someone, apparently, thinks that the mere act of showcasing the Creator’s divine plan is actually living it. It’s not. It’s not even close. Do you think a bank robber is going to stop and read “Thou shalt not steal” in the middle of a heist and change his mind?

If they (e-mail authors) want something just for ‘show,’ then they should go ‘show’ the world that they care about humanity. They should make as grand a gesture to ‘show’ the good deeds they put up, as they do of the signs they put up. Otherwise, let’s get on with life and render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s ... and unto God the things that are God’s. 

Amen.

That’s the way it looketh from the Valley. 

Tom Valley is 7-Day Grumpest living in Medina. Pray for him at: Tvalley@rochester.rr.com

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