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Christian beliefs and political offices

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Christian beliefs and political offices

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Dear Mr Boyne, I have read your article in the September 6, 2015 Sunday Gleaner's In Focus section titled: 'Religious persecution in the US'and, to be honest, I find it to be very poignant as it relates to a highly ranked member of the Christian community such as yourself who holds such an influential position within the media fraternity, to be adhering to the point that a secular journalist would make, in suggesting that Ms Kim Davis should just resign.

I have thoroughly read your article and I am having some issues with how you justify your point that she should resign, based on the fact that the very Bible that we read clearly shows where Daniel (6, 1:28), who clearly defied the royal statute which stated that 'whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for 40 days, save of the king (Darius) shall be cast into a den of lions', did go against the established decree that was signed by King Darius, according to the law of the Medes and Persians which altered not. He did this by continuing to pray and make supplication to God, regardless of the consequences.

If we the readers of your article are to hold true to what you are saying, then we should have a problem with Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 US 483 (1954) which the court took the decision that the 14th amendment of the United States Constitution that deals with equal protection was violated. This commenced the ending of segregation of black and white students in the public school system that came into effect by an earlier ruling in the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling of 1896. This ruling helped our religious leaders such as Reverend Martin Luther King Jr to strengthen his civil rights movement campaign for blacks to have equal rights and justice like their fellow white Americans.

The United States, which is a republic made up of representatives who are voted for by the voting population, are expected to make decisions in the best interest of the country. A more justifiable answer that I would have liked to see should be that more Christians should take up political office or vote to have such issues that violate our Christian beliefs changed. This would help to appropriately deal with other issues such as the Ten Commandments being taken out of the schools by the American Civil Liberties Union.

I will end by saying that Constantine, in his reign, changed the laws to reflect worshipping the venerable day of the sun (sun worship), which is on Sundays, along with overseeing the prohibition of the first council of Nicaea that was against the Jewish celebration of the Lord's Supper, which was celebrated a day before the Passover. This decision that was taken further went on to destroy the Judaic Lunar Hebrew calendar to implement the observance of the Roman Solar Julian calendar. If the Jamaican Government is to institute a workday on Saturday and forbid Saturday worship, what will you do in response, resign your post?

Dwight Brown