Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it doesn’t mean we are always right. We’re human, and we can and will make mistakes. I, for one, believe we should weigh all things in the balance to make a decision based on facts and truths.

So how do we know what’s true anymore? What should we use for our measuring stick? One thing has always remained true through the centuries since time began, and that is the Word of God. In its original form, the Holy Bible was the transcriptional message God gave to men who would listen to their creator with their hearts. That inward voice of strong conviction can tell you right from wrong if you’re willing to listen. Forgive me if you think I’m preaching, I’m just telling you my own true experiences, and you do not have to read any further if you choose.

When my current position as editor of the Reflex was offered to me, I had an intense conversation with God, and He promised He would help me to fulfill my duties to a community that I deeply cared about. Buffalo, Missouri, has been my home for 54 years, and many of our area residents I have known for most of those years. You are special to me, and I care about what happens in and to our community, a community that is smack dab in the middle of a currently troubled nation.

As part of that nation, a nation that I believe was founded on God’s principals and was a promised land for those who were seeking refuge from a type of bondage, we are affected by the unsavory events that are happening in our places of legislation. Be assured, evil does exist, and it is sneaking its way into power in the disguise of good. The events that have unfolded over the past year are proof of the turmoil and dissension in a supposedly united nation. If we are not careful, we will be destroyed completely from within. In the Gospel of Mark 3:24-25, Jesus states, “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Is that not a truth?

People will always have differences. Again, I ask the question, which side is right? And again, I put my questions to God’s Word, where we can find all our answers with an open and receptive heart. It doesn’t mean that I will always follow what He tells me, because He gave each of us a choice. My personal advice to anyone is to pick up the neglected Word of God and read what He tells his creation. You might not want to believe this, but He left us His inspired Word as a guidebook for our lives. He truly does want what’s best for his believers and followers. And if you let Him speak to your heart, He will never ever lead you wrong. Just know when it is God speaking and not the other spirit. God is love and truth and justice, and not the author of confusion and fear.

I will end with this: “I pledge allegiance to … one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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