- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Sands Pancake House moving to Morgan Oak location (8/11/17)1
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Cape movie theater to feature recliners, new food and drink options (8/11/17)3
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
God doesn't need state recognition
To the editor:
I am troubled by the attempts of some Missouri legislators to officially recognize a Christian God. As a Baptist minister, I simply do not understand this mindset. My faith does not need confirmation from state legislators or any other people. My faith depends solely upon God. How tragic it is to see Christian leaders who allow the allure of politics to distract them from their mission of redeeming our state. As Mahatma Gandhi stated, "A living faith cannot be manufactured by the rule of majority."
Instead of trying to post the Decalogue everywhere, we should focus on living by those commandments. The religious leaders supporting this resolution would do a lot more good for our society if they focused on living out the teachings of God instead of attempting to have them codified. After all, Jesus came to build a heavenly kingdom, not an earthly one. It is time to care about what God cares about -- people's souls, not state recognition. When church and state become one, the church loses its prophetic voice as the conscience of society. When that happens, we all lose.
BRIAN KAYLOR, Columbia, Mo.