The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 29, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Aug. 29, 2013

Scripture’s definition of idolatry explained

A writer recently stated that all images of any kind, including photographs and art objects are idols. I would like to explain the proper way to define idolatry, according to Scripture.

An idol is any object or thing that is worshipped in place of God. Unfortunately, some people still attribute powers to objects and images, and even turn to unclean spirits of witches, psychics and fortune tellers for guidance.

Fine art and photographs are not idols unless they are worshipped as gods.

God Himself is the Master Artist and His handiwork on earth is the inspiration for most of the great masters of the past.

Look at the exquisite design of a butterfly’s wings or a tiny wildflower. As Jesus said of the lilies of the field, “even Solomon himself was not arrayed as one of these.” (Matthew 6:28, 29)

There was much fine engraved work in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle, which was the first house of worship, designed by God Himself. (Exodus 25-35).

The New Testament defines covetousness or idolatry (Colossians 3:5) Any person, place or thing that robs God of the worship due Him becomes an idol.

Marianne Turner

Rock Creek

Is Congress exempt from Obamacre?

I just submitted this letter to Sen. Joe Manchin through his website:

I contacted your Washington office to express my displeasure about the congressional exemption to Obamacare. Your response to me was unsatisfactory. I do not believe you answered my concern directly, but tried, instead, to obfuscate the whole issue.

I will quote from a news source, and then I ask you again to forthrightly come out against the exemption, and renounce for yourself and your staff any benefit from the exemption.

If you cannot do that, then at least explain why you are entitled to a benefit from the government not bestowed on your constituents.

“... all 100 U.S. Senators ... won’t see a spike in their health care costs under a deal struck before the August recess ... [A] deal has been reached ... which will allow the government to continue to make employer contributions to the health plans of lawmakers and congressional staffers.”

If this report is untrue, then say so. If it is not untrue, then you need to search your conscience and explain why you, personally, deserve to have me, personally, subsidize your health care.

I hope I will not be the only one to put pressure about this issue on the only West Virginia elected official who might still have the semblance of a conscience.

DeWitt Shank