Roger 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.
Each of the four Gospels takes account of Jesus' arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. A large crowd of soldiers and Jewish officials had come with clubs and swords and torches to arrest Him, led by Judas Iscariot the betrayer. Jesus had just finished praying in great trepidation asking His Father to spare Him the agony which was to follow. Yet, Jesus assures His Father, it's not about what He wants, but what His Father wants.
Jesus takes charge and asks the crowd who they are after. When they say Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus informs them that He is the One they seek. Those words Jesus spoke knock the mob back and to the ground. When they get up and dust themselves off, Jesus asks them again who they are seeking, and again they say Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus identifies Himself again and requests that they let His disciples go, thinking more of others than Himself.
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.