Letter to the editor: Adults set poor example with negativity in politicsI write in response to Clarice Liechty’s Oct. 30 letter “Heitkamp can’t be trusted; Berg is right for U.S. Senate,” which quoted Scripture.
By: Ellen Pfeiffer, Jamestown, The Jamestown Sun
I write in response to Clarice Liechty’s Oct. 30 letter “Heitkamp can’t be trusted; Berg is right for U.S. Senate,” which quoted Scripture.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
This scripture passage was often quoted within our home as I was growing up. My father would often quote the Bible during my childhood. Another of his favorite quotes was 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, reasoned like a child; when I grew up I put away my childish ways.”
In addition, Proverbs 6:13, which Liechty quoted, speaks not only of winking of the eye, but pointing of the finger.
I become concerned when individuals begin to quote Scripture.
My father said that the only thing that we have when everything is said and done is our integrity. Each time that we point a finger and condemn someone, there are three fingers pointing back at us. We will be judged accordingly.
We have been working to stop negative comments within our schools and call it anti-bullying. So when it is adults and negative campaigning, what kind of example are we as adults setting for our young people?
So for all of the people making negative comments on both sides of the campaign: which parent taught you to be so demeaning? Stand on your own laurels or be quiet! I am tired of the lack of integrity shown in this campaign. We have many newcomers to our state. What kind of image are we creating as the nation watches?