published Friday, May 6th, 2011

New center should wake up Christians

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

New center should wake up Christians

As a local pastor, the construction of the Islamic Center brings to light some important issues:

First, the announcement itself: Why would the Times Free Press make this front page news (May 1)? When our surrounding region is dealing with not only the loss of life, but the overall magnitude of devastation caused by last week’s events and there are plenty of stories yet to be told of local heroes giving of themselves for love of others and community.

The second would be in regard to the acceptance of the Islamic Center in general. Does our nation support freedom of religion? Yes. However, should those who are followers of Christ roll out a red carpet for the proclamation of falsehood? Absolutely not!

The fact is we as Christians and Christian congregations should use this opportunity to recess our hearts in fulfilling the great commission. Having this center being built in our backyards should stir our hearts for heralding the gospel of Jesus Christ, for He alone brings salvation.

Could it be that we living in the greater Chattanooga area have been lulled to sleep with a steeple on nearly every corner? God help us, the church, to awaken.

CHRIS HAYES

Senior Pastor

Hickory Valley

Baptist Church

U.S. wastes funds on college sports

I just finished reading that the United States Justice Department sent a letter to the NCAA asking why there is no playoff system in Division I, or whatever they call it now, football. Is this all that our Justice Department has to do?

With everything that is going on in America and the rest of the world, this is what our hard-earned tax dollars are being spent on?

I don’t mind that my taxes are paying for things that are needed such as clean water, good roads, unemployment benefits, etc., but I have a problem with the government getting involved in a collegiate sport.

They can’t even make the NFL to not lock out its paid players. Why do they think they have the right to tell universities to have a playoff?

My tax dollars went to Chrysler, even though I have never owned one and don’t intend to. I think enough is enough.

The Justice Department should go after GE and other big corporations that don’t pay taxes.

RONNIE HORTON

Needed information missing from radio

There is a serious need for getting information to the public during disasters. When electricity is off, the only practical way is from existing stations to our battery-powered radios.

During this disaster, 95-99 percent of the time, information was totally absent from the programming. I continually tuned through all stations. There was nothing but the usual mindless blah-blah about nothing that mattered.

Once, FM 101 had the Channel 3 weather people giving extremely valuable information on what was coming. Then, suddenly it was back to the usual. I again heard them briefly on another station. Then the DJ said they were switched on when the station staff went to their storm shelter; we’d have been better off if they’d stayed in it.

Our emergency management people need to coordinate with all the organizations that should be involved — radio stations, weather people, EPB, police, fire, medical.

Did some of the victims die because of a lack of information — that their tornado was coming or how close it was?

EARL L. WELCH

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ToHoldNothing said...

The very status of Christianity in America as Christendom, or what one might say is either cultural or demographic Christianity, might be the culprit in lulling people into a sense of lethargy of motivation. I'm not a Christian myself, but that seems the more likely cause, though I suppose observing that there's a steeple on nearly every corner is a similar correlation. No one's forcing Christians to prostrate themselves before Muslims. Just common courtesy, I'd say. Though the front page business is harder to explain.

May 6, 2011 at 2:56 a.m.
librul said...

Keep on yakkin', L4F. You're just the spokesperson xtianity needs. Yessir. Given access to a pulpit, I bet you could empty a church in two minutes. Go forth and multiply because you and Mr. Hayes put a name and a voice to what thinking people know is between the covers of that cursed book from which cometh your racism, your prejudice, your hatred, and your pompous idiocy.

May 6, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow librul, it will be interesting to see, when your cursed life book is completed and you have believed in nothing(or your form of whatever),what happens then. There is absolutely nothing wrong in this country, with persons who hold to the true way of Jesus Christ standing up for their beliefs. And that includes freedom to reasonably oppose Islam or any other religions OR EVEN YOU! On the other hand, you have the right to lash out and I join you in doing so to misrepresentations of the way of Christ. My problem comes when you and others, who have no firsthand knowledge of what following Jesus as a disciple really means, sit back and judge the whole matter based on misrepresentations then are not challenged nor corrected in your own misrepresentations. And that cursed book you disdain, gave rise to the best of societies and governments not to mention education(books being printed), medicine and a host of other now called secular helps. But no, you look at the ones not true to the way of Christianity and think you know so much. Well go ahead as a free American and believe not and ridicule those who do.Do not, however, be surprised if one day you realize it would have been better to have believed in someone or something beyond yourself. Keep writing your life book Librul, it will all end one day.

May 6, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.
Livn4life said...

As for the Islamic Center, I see no reason why one should not be allowed in Chattanooga. The deal is this: Christians refuse for whatever reason to go out and lovingly seek to win people with the Gospel of Hope. Maybe it is laziness, lack of faith or the weak thought that pastors are paid to do that. Muslims are unashamed to share their faith and it moves forward. Whether or not one believes the tenets of Islamic faith, their desire to make converts(in the peaceful sense)could teach Christians a thing or two.

May 6, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
librul said...

What simplistic, dichotomous drivel.

May 6, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.

TRUE Christians are taught to spread the gospel, not shove it down every one's throats. TRUE Christians are taught to love your enemy, love your neighbor. Hating someone just because they are Muslim is not Christian by any sense. Hatred is not apart of the Christian doctrine whatsoever.

Judge not lest ye be judged. Judgement is reserved for the Creator, not you, or you may find your eternal surroundings a little hotter than you may like.

May 6, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.

Poor L4F, I fear no man. I fear God only. I don't care about radical Islam. I don't care what anyone says. Liberals or Conservatives. Christians or Muslims. None of this matters. I only care about my life and the lives of my family. What a radical Muslim is planning on the other side of the world makes no consequence to me because I know when I do die, where I will be going. By worrying about them so, you are doing exactly what they want you to do: fear them. And you can swear up and down that you don't but you do. All your rhetoric is based in fear - Fear that Muslims will build their center and take away everything you hold dear. Fear that they will attack you. If it happens, it will happen and there's nothing you can do about it. Are you going to kill every Muslim on Earth to prevent this?? The world turns whether you like the people in it or not. And when you are gone, will all this matter? No. What happens on Earth doesn't matter to TRUE believers.

I didn't tell you not to judge. God did. His Word is the only word you should be worried about. And yes I do remember to hate the sin NOT THE SINNER. If you had love in your heart, you would know the difference between a radical Muslim and a Muslim who follows the true teachings of the Qu'ran. Just like there are hypocritical and radical Christians, so too are there hypocritical and radical Muslims.

Islam is coming after me? Let them come! The Kingdom of Heaven awaits those with the wisdom to receive it. And to God, a hypocrite and a murderer are no different.

May 6, 2011 at 12:49 p.m.
SmartOne said...

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. -- Ghandi

May 6, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

"If God didn't want us to judge why did he write Leviticus? Why does he allow men to set themselves as judges and pass sentences?

God helps those who help themselves, CashingRealityChecks, what you're doing is ignoring the problem of Islamic extremism because you're a Christian and think you're going to heaven. What about the people who will die before hearing the message of Christ thanks to the Muslim extremists?"

Why do you care? I thought you were not a Christian.

May 6, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

BTW, Mr. L4F, you never came back to defend your favorite conservative shrill Coulter's honor. Coward. She would not be impressed.

May 6, 2011 at 2 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

"---I'm trying to get him involved in the world instead of being one of those lazy Christians that don't do crap because they think God does everything while they eat Doritos and watch Monday Night Football. I don't like lazy Christians, I like active Christians like Terry Jones."

So you are a Christian? Earlier you said you weren't. So which is it?

"---Well, she's not paying me to defend her. Besdies, arguing about Coulter with someone that clearly hates her is a waste of my time."

I don't want to discuss Coulter, just what she put in the book. So, are you saying I am correct? Are you unwilling to defend a single thing she said? I say again, either you are a coward or you have NO idea what she put in the book. I suspect you never read it, which makes you a liar as well.

May 6, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.

Libertarians4Freedom said...

---I'm trying to get him involved in the world instead of being one of those lazy Christians that don't do crap because they think God does everything while they eat Doritos and watch Monday Night Football. I don't like lazy Christians, I like active Christians like Terry Jones.

You're so funny. I am involved in the world (that I actually live in). If a radical Muslim shows up on my doorstep I will blow his head off with my sawed-off (while eating my Doritos).

AND BTW, I am female. AND I am liberal. AND I am Black. AND I own several firearms...

May 6, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

"---I read Godless years ago and I don't remember every single thing she wrote, but it all made sense to me. I also don't have the time to engage in a long debate about her book here."

I suspect you know very little about evolution, which is why you think she's so great. Her book was a disgrace, but you swallowed it all hook, line and sinker, and don't even remember anything about it. What a sheep.

"See, this is where Ann Coulter and others get their views, and I agree 100%.

I'm not anti-science, I'm anti-propaganda from scientists seeking government grants."

I rest my case-you know nothing about science.

May 6, 2011 at 2:31 p.m.
chet123 said...

CHRIS HAYES MADE A TRUTH STATEMENT talking about the GREAT COMMISSION an excutive order that Christ gave almost before he could finish LIBERTARIAN shoot his mouth off telling a lie LOL LOL LOL LOL i'm glad hes not a Democrat..the man is an embarrassment..he says kudos...then tell a lie lol lol lol

May 6, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.
chet123 said...

LOL LOL LOL WHAT AN IDIOT! LOL LOL LOL

May 6, 2011 at 5:44 p.m.
chet123 said...

libertarian...you cant trust the bloggers....quoting bloggers get you in trouble...much of it is lies or a stretch....maybe you not knowledgable of history....

May 6, 2011 at 7:53 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

"--No, I was taught the same propaganda everyone else gets in private school. Although interestingly enough, they didn't explain to my why didn't all monkeys evolve, you know, since we come from monkeys."

Don't be a weenie. If you think Coulter was correct in her book, then be specific. What in her book "corrected" the "propaganda" you were taught? Since you trotted out the canard "if we evolved from monkeys why are there still monkeys" canard, did you get this from Coulter? You think she's so great, so why not come to her defense?

May 6, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.
Jesus_Freak said...

All I can say is WOW!! It amazes me that in all of the articles this one has the most comments. All the negative comments about Pastor Hayes are wrong yet quite expected. Pastor Hayes' main goal in this world is to glorify God and to win souls to Christ. He is being vilified for standing up for what he believes in. If you really want to form an accurate opinion of this man, come to Hickory Valley Baptist Church this Sunday for a special outdoor service at 10:00 am. God bless every one of you.

May 11, 2011 at 9:25 p.m.
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