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Monday, May 22nd 2017

1:33 PM

Challenges today - inequality/impatience... Let's Change the rhetoric


 

Let's Change the Rhetoric!!

The rhetoric is too high ... too nasty. Christians, whatever your political persuasion, Christians need prayer at this time.

How can we, as Christians, assist to fix this increasing hostility? Or do you think the expressed differences will pressure our leaders to act in some way?

From a different perspective. Conflicts in Caperston mimic some challenges found throughout the world today. The stratification of haves and have-nots is increasing, particularly in America. The rich get richer and the poor ... ???

The movement in Caperston, led by Zester, to label the mountain people as less than equals, led to the violence in their society? What do you think we

can learn from Caperston's trials and tribulations?

Did not inequality lead to the massacre on the highway?(http://christianteensactivities.org/newstoryApril2014.php)

Did not impatience lead to the martyrdom of Dustin? (http://christianteensactivities.org/NewstoryMay2014.php)

A recent comment from Alex: "Wouldn't it be nice to just forget the past and move on with a future of hope. However, we live in a world too separated by people with big differences of opinions. We can agree to differ but there is too much anger from extreme people on the 'left' and the 'right'.

See Alex's full reply under "user comments" found below on right. Your comment, which is most welcome, can also be recorded under "leave a comment", also below right. 

 

 

5 user comments.

Posted by Linda:

Faith in those “ready to fight” is a frightening thing. There is too much violence in both of our worlds. I am interested in seeing how the people of Caperston will cope with the massacre.
Monday, May 29th 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

Yes, being "ready to fight" is a frightening thing. It is the response of the mountain youth before they came to understand that there is another way across the broken highway on which the massacre of their friends occured. Valley youth, inspired by Mattpaul, see the circumstances differently. At the end of Huchfee's letter of April 9th he writes:
“One of our Valley Youth responded to what we heard by stating: "We believe in hope ... the past is gone. All there is ... is future". He is one of our quieter youth by the name of Lukus. He could not have stated our beliefs better.”
Please read the letters of April 7th and April 9th from Huchfee found at http://christianteensactivities.org/newstoryApril.php
What do you think about Lukas’ “All there is … is future” remark?
:-?
Tuesday, May 30th 2017 @ 6:58 AM

Posted by Gerard:

I enjoyed reading this, thank you!
Thursday, June 15th 2017 @ 7:49 AM

Posted by Alex:

I have not written for a while. Wouldn't it be nice to just forget the past and move on with a future of hope. However, we live in a world too separated by people with big differences of opinions. We can agree to differ but there is too much anger from extreme people on the "left" and the "right". I guess our friends in Caperston have no idea what the "left" and the "right" mean. Huchfee and Michaeling- you are better off not knowing. IN America we need leaders who can bring us together, not continue to separate us so that we can look to the future with hope.I like the message, "We believe in hope ... the past is gone. All there is ... is future". Can we find a way to focus and forget the anger of the past? I hope so. :-?
Monday, June 19th 2017 @ 5:50 AM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

Alex: we do have the same hope ... we need to put the anger and rhetoric behind us. In particular the rhetoric is way too intense ... too nasty. We Christians, whatever our political persuasion and whatever our denomination ... Catholic, mainline protestant, Baptist, Pentecostal... we need to be the peacemakers amongst the brutalness of the diatribe which dominates the, in particular Twitter discourse at this time.


I fear for the future of our world. We need to speak up. Christ calls us in Matthew chapter 25 to reach out to the sick, the needy and those imprisoned unjustly. This is NOT a liberal issue. It is a Christian issue. Will you pray for wisdom and strength to stop this prejudice? Will you speak out? We look forward to your opinions and it is all right to disagree with me.

Just please ... no name calling.
Thursday, June 22nd 2017 @ 6:48 AM

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