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Christian Crossroads

david roger 2016 dragoonRoger Lanse is providing the material for this column, which will be posted on an irregular basis. Roger Lanse moved to Grant County with his wife, Ellen, in 1979. They now live in Arenas Valley and attend Bible Baptist Church of Silver City.

Guest Column:

Did our governor and other governors and governmental figures, when ostensibly trying to save lives in the coronavirus pandemic, ironically, hypocritically or purposefully or, trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, inadvertently kill people by shutting down businesses, especially small businesses.

I, nearly every morning, read a chapter of the Bible, from the Jerusalem Bible given to me and my husband by my Catholic father as his wedding present to us 52 years ago.

In a Wednesday, July 1, 2020 press briefing, the New Mexico Governor is quoted in the Grant County Beat as saying, "mandatory face-coverings in public will be aggressively enforced." She is also reported saying those who do not wear masks are liable for a $100 fine, as are business owners who do not enforce the mandated wearing of masks.

So, legally, one cannot enter a business unless a mask is worn, and the business owner may not allow a maskless person to enter. Thus, a maskless person may not buy from a store and a maskless business owner may not sell.

If you are starving and someone places a nice hoagie on the table in front of you and you refuse to take a bite does the sandwich assuage your hunger? As John Wayne used to say, "Not likely." You have to grab that sub and shove it in your face for the food to have any effect on your pangs. Just looking at it doesn't cut it. It's not automatic. You have to choose to eat it.

Same way with salvation.

Christians often ask others certain questions designed to elicit answers illustrating their spiritual condition. Such questions as, "Have you believed in Jesus?" or "Have you trusted in Jesus?" or "Have you asked Jesus into your heart?" These are all good questions, but, to me, they tiptoe around a basic understanding of who Jesus is. Let's get down to brass tacks and ask instead, "Do you believe Jesus?"

Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father except through Me." Do you believe Jesus?

Jesus said, "I and my Father are One," and, "You, Father, are in Me, and I in you," and, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father." Do you believe Jesus?

Isaiah wrote to the Hebrews 2,700 years ago:

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
And rely on horses,
Who trust in chariots because they are many,
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord! Isaiah 31:1