As I write this letter of concerns to the editor of The Chronicle, I surmise it likely will not be published. I have no political agenda and only a few readers will recognize my name. My words nevertheless are humble and sincere.
Declining health and memory come to all of us as we age. I am 83. In a very blessed and beloved country, I am witnessing shocking changes regarding respect and kindness that was prevalent when I was growing up. I have always been opposed to religious brainwashing or “drumming.” We all should have free choice by intelligent thinking.
As just stated, respect and kindness seem to have been replaced by shootings, hate and disagreement in all aspects of life. Anyone who does not attend church or read the Bible regularly may find this information helpful, as it was to me, in understanding the time we are now living in.
The following is a very small section of scripture written by the apostle Paul to Timothy in the year 66 or 67 AD while Paul was in prison in Rome. After a year or two of freedom, Paul was arrested again and executed under Emperor Nero. Drastic end days are foretold in II Timothy chapter three:
“You should know this Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving. They will slander others and have no self control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the powers that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that.”
I pray that God’s grace may accept me with my many flaws into a joyous eternal life. Also, anyone reading this letter who shares my thoughts. The good old days were good not only because I was younger, but our generation was spared today’s confusion. Those following us are burdened with many more difficult challenges.