Your View: Political solutions won’t cure spiritual ills

Dec. 16, 2012 @ 01:31 AM

It is fascinating to discover things written long ago that are perfectly applicable today. Early in the Civil War, in November 1861, the Rev. Mark Watkinson wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase, lamenting the fact that God had never been acknowledged on our coinage.
As a direct result, in 1864 our government issued a new two cent denomination carrying the motto, “In God We Trust.” This was eventually placed on all denominations of U.S. coins and became our official national motto in 1956. Watkinson’s next-to-last sentence stated, “From my heart I have felt our national shame in openly disowning God as not the least of the causes of our present national disasters.”
Thought-provoking indeed. On national television for every citizen to witness, the victorious political party in the election last month vigorously sought to remove all use of God’s name from its platform. It is hard to imagine God will simply ignore being ridiculed in this fashion. So how do we correctly apply Rev. Watkinson’s 150-year-old concern? Resist the temptation to blame the non-believers for our national problems. They lack that power. The blame rests squarely at the feet of God’s people. We will most certainly reap what we have sown. Buckle your spiritual seat belts, the ride is going to be rough. There are no political solutions to spiritual problems.
Those offended by this image of God should realize that He does not have to “DO” anything other than simply remove His protection. Those who delude themselves with the concept that God does not exist can merely attribute what follows to “national bad luck.” Forget the “fiscal cliff”; our nation has already taken the plunge and will never be restored to health until God’s people again cry out to God for His leadership.
High Point

Christmas spirit envelopes HPU
High Point University is once again offering the public a chance to visit the campus while it is decorated for the holidays. I visited last year when this event was first held.  It was amazing, and I will be going again this year. I would encourage anyone who wants to get in the Christmas spirit to attend.
Allow me to briefly describe my visit last year:
Security guards directed us to parking as we entered from Montlieu Avenue.  We made our way to the promenade where the activity was centered. The campus is absolutely beautiful!  Hot chocolate and cookies were being served from kiosks.  They were giving away HPU hats, basketball tickets, and CDs made by the music department.  There was music and Santa Claus.  I was most impressed by the beautiful buildings, all decorated for Christmas, with trees in the foyers and lighted wreaths on the outside.  There were beautiful fountains everywhere.  There were benches with statues of famous people sitting on them.  There were people of all ages in my group, and I think we were all very impressed. And this is all free!
I am glad to see this being offered again. I hope it becomes an annual event.


Congress is again considering replacing $1 bills with $1 coins to save money – estimated $4.4 billion over 30 years. What do you think? Would you use coins more if there was no $1 bill? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to Here is one response:
• Why not make it two dollars?  Few things cost less than $1 anymore.  Anyone remember Susan B. Anthony dollars?  Same fate awaits this boondoggle.