The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers.

The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to: Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265

Disillusioned and Concerned

My goal in writing this letter is to share my concerns regarding the political angst that prevails today. My main concern is the lowering of standards by Christian Evangelicals. As Christians, we have the greatest message of all: the fact that Jesus came to earth, shed his blood for our sins, and upon repentance from those sins, through Christ, we have redemption, freedom from the bondage of sin and assurance of heaven.

Because we have that blessed assurance, why would we need to follow this corrupt man, Donald Trump, even through the muck and mire that has become his norm? I don’t expect that we will always have a Christian running on the Republican platform, but we have, in the past, voted with conviction that morals, character, and values matter. But not with this president. We are willing to look the other way and condone, or “give a mulligan” to him. We excuse his immorality, racism, lying, and shady business practices by saying, “He’s just a baby Christian (James Dobson). This would be at best, a political use of grace, bordering on blasphemy. Also to quote Jerry Falwell Jr., “He’s our dream president.”  Donald Trump is not my dream president.

This president seems to encourage us to despise those who are different, to ridicule the weak and infirm, and to shun those looking for aid and asylum. These are not Christian behaviors or values. For the life of me, I can’t understand how Christians can continue to support such a man. I feel that we, as Evangelicals, have traded our testimonies for the power that Trump represents, and that if he “throws us a bone” now and then, we will put up with, excuse, and condone the behaviors we have seen.

We called Clinton out over his immoral debacles, but with this man, we excuse his behavior over and over again. He has become our bully, a bully we believe makes us stronger. Rather than making us stronger, it has weakened us. The world now sees Evangelicals through the eyes of the bullied. To what end? Donald Trump is not our sword and shield, our protector of rights, or our hero. Our safety, our strength in adversity is the living God.

We should not give up our confidence in God for this time in history by putting our faith in this president. I’d like to note one more thing, I believe many of our Christian leaders are to blame and will be held responsible for their early on and continuing support for Donald Trump. Not only did they give the green light to their followers, to vote for him, but actively encouraged them to do so. Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. even went so far as to support Donald Trump’s endorsement of Roy Moore. By doing this they have compromised their core values and convictions in exchange for power and access to the White House

—Steve Johnson


A stiff upper lip and the truth

We are still learning what it takes to be good self-advocates. We work hard, sit loose, but we’re not going to fall asleep in our 11th year watch. We believe in due diligence, but we’d like to be heard, respected and given a fair shot at what is needed and will serve the greater good in rural America.

  When we elected Rep. Tim Miller, and more recently Andrew Lang, we knew what we were doing. It appears we and they are a dedicated team when we are faced with needs and a sound voice in St. Paul, MN. We have analyzed the situation, spoke the truth and are beginning to see real results from our faith in a process which is slow but revolving and will show fruits of that faith and action.

  Please know that there is a much greater force at work here too. We all need to add our prayers and strengths to carry out what we need to do. Write letters, talk to your neighbors, ask for good representation, but we need to represent our needs responsibly too. Never underestimate yourself, your neighbors, those who have and are serving this great land, state, county and community. He provides the wisdom we need to provide the eyes, hands and feet to get action too.

—Dave Swenson


Another point of view

Some of my comments are from Ravi Zacharias, Shahram Hadian and the Bible. Jesus talked about truth in fact said He is truth. Truth by definition is exclusive. All religions claim exclusivity. Is it arrogant to say Jesus Christ is the only way? Jesus Christ made the claim of his self that He is the way and the truth and the life. All religions are not fundamentally the same. They are fundamentally different and superficially similar.

  Only in the Christian faith, no other world view, only in the Christian faith is forgiveness offered as a gift of grace and not something earned! Jesus Christ is eternal life and the Bible is the only book of life.

  Muslims say the Jews and Christians are people of the book and they are referred to as excrement.

  Dietrich Bonnhoeffer was a German Christian, he was hung in 1945 one month before the end of the war. He spent his life warning of danger to come. The Christians were asleep to the coming evil and the persecution of Jews. Dietrich Bonnhoeffer was a friend of the Jews who were and still are the apple of God’s eye.

  The format of the meeting last week on Thursday was set as a speaker and listener, which was not a church setting. The song Stand Up for Jesus is not a call to arms. The Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, therefore it is a spiritual battle.

  The concern about weapons and security was because the speaker is under constant threat of death because he is considered an apostate. Hateful, insulting to Jews, no! Evils of interfaith dialogue, nothing evil about dialogue unless there is an agenda behind any talk that is not based on truth, a warning against the coming sinister reality.

—Robert Lanz