Posted May 3, 2023
This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president. As I travel the communities in our Taylorville and Clinton stations' service areas, I continue to hear a common theme that I'm concerned about. That is the rancor and dissention that is heard in conversations on just about everything.
The COVID pandemic has taken an emotional and mental toll on all of us. For months at a time, we were unable to have the one thing we as humans must have: Face-to-face relationships with family, friends, and community.
This is having a devestating effect on those same 3 groups. We aren't communicating like we did before the pandemic. Friends and acquaintenances are turning on each other.
We as a country, as a state, and as a community can't operate this way. It takes communication. And, as I've said the past 3 years, it takes all of us meeting in the middle.
In my devotions recently, I came across a passage in Galatians 5 that seems fitting to share. In it, Paul the Apostle wrote the following:
"You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge your sinful nature; rather serve one another with love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other." end of quote.
While Paul was writing about being spiritually free, these verses can be applied to our personal freedom we enjoy in the United States, as well.
Whether it's in Washington, Springfield, or the town you live in, we as Americans must meet in the middle to tackle the challenges we face in 2023. For without compromise, as Paul wrote, "You will be destroyed by each other."
Good words to follow to live life in our faith with our families and friends.
That's our opinion, we welcome yours. Our e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.