Race, statues, other problems? Read God's Word

Posted 7/19/20

To The Editor:I have thought and prayed long and hard about my decision to write my opinion about the things that are, and have been, going on in Cleveland and America, the Beautiful.I now feel my …

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Race, statues, other problems? Read God's Word

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To The Editor:

I have thought and prayed long and hard about my decision to write my opinion about the things that are, and have been, going on in Cleveland and America, the Beautiful.

I now feel my opinion is just as good, maybe better, than some. I am a senior citizen and have lived longer and have seen more than most. I have lived in Cleveland and Bradley County most of my life.

To my knowledge, there has never been racial problems in Cleveland or Bradley County. I feel it takes all colors of skin and all ages to make a town or city what it should be. It only takes a few outsiders or self-centered people to stir up trouble.

According to God's Word — the Bible — God does not see color of skin. We are all individuals. In the day we now live, I feel there is a wide gap between the age groups. As a child, I was taught in school and at home by my parents total respect for all.

I was taught to respect past history of this great country called America. The things that happened in the past are what made this country great. Bad and good.

Wars have always been a part of making America great. Not many will say they like wars. Neither do I.  Just a short history lesson on how individual men participated in the wars years ago. It isn't that way now.

When my dad was a young man, there was such a thing called the Draft. At the age of 18, you were quickly drafted if you did not volunteer for the service of this country.

My dad volunteered for the service of this country. My dad volunteered for the Navy so he would not be drafted for the Army. My brother was drafted for the Army and served his time in Vietnam.

All men and boys at the age of 18 were drafted, even if they were, or were not, capable of seeing the things that go on in wars. There was no choice. 

As the years go by, things do change. But we cannot change past history. All we can do is take the good that comes from the past and move on with our lives.

My opinion about the monument that was erected over 100 years  ago at the corner of Ocoee and Broad streets in Cleveland: Did anyone notice, or care, what the inscription on the monument tells us about the monument and why it was erected? Maybe no one took the time to read it. Then maybe, the ones finding fault with it don't care about some of the things that have made our country great. 

This is what is written on the monument: "Man was not born to himself alone, but to his country."

Now, maybe some of the self-centered people need to know a little more. The men that served in the Civil War, both from the North and the South, were mostly drafted. It was decided for them which side they would be fighting for.

It is my opinion that — in a war where you do not get the privilege of deciding which side you are fighting for — it becomes an individual fight for your life.

Through the years, I feel, we the people of Cleveland and Bradley County have worked hard to make our town a place where all can live to work peacefully together. It was, and I hope it still is, a place where this generation and others to come can raise their families in peace.

I cannot feel it is right for outsiders — regardless of their skin color — to come in and feel they have the right to tell us we need to move a monument that was built to respect all men at that time. I am sure there is something in their hometowns that may need their attention more than in my hometown.

More than 84 years ago, I was born to Christian parents. They were members of the Church of God. My siblings and I were taught to believe in God and country. My husband attended the Lee College Bible School. He was from a large northern city. 

I lived in his home city for nearly five years. I saw a lot and learned a lot.

I thank God that He let me raise my family in Cleveland, Tennessee. I will tell you there is a big difference between a Bible College and a university.

God's word is to guide us in the right direction. And as humans, we better take heed because God is in control and He does get angry.

God created man. [But] because of man's evil hearts, Genesis 6:6-7 tells us [about a] grieving God. He did destroy all of man on earth except for Noah and his family. God was patient for many years and still is a patient God. 

God's Word tells us that God loves man. All men. He does not have a respect of person. Matthew 5:45 tells us it rains on the just and the unjust.

Law and order were ordered by God to keep down chaos. If chaos is allowed, it will destroy all our lives in one way or another. It cannot be, and should not be, allowed. 

I was taught as a child to respect the law enforcers. The majority of those in law enforcement deserve to be respected. We cannot have a civilized society without law and order. I am not sure that a lot of the ones causing the problems even know what the word "respect" means. Most of what is going on in America at this time shows total disrespect for anything and anybody.

I watch the news because I live in this world. I feel I need to know what is going on around me. Most of the news turns my stomach, especially when so many innocent Black children and babies' lives are being taken before they have a chance to decide for themselves what they will do with their lives.

I pray for their parents and families. I cannot even imagine how horrible it is for their parents. I do feel that some of the same ones that are holding up the signs that Black Lives Matter are the same ones that have taken the pride and joy of these parents from them.

This verse from God's Word tells us what has taken over our nation, our beautiful America, the home of the free and the brave.

Isaiah 5:20, which is from God's Word, says, "Woe to them who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

Does this sound familiar? If it does, then all Christians need to pick up their Bible (God's Word) and read II Chronicles 7:14.

— Jimmie Cooper

Cleveland

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