Editor's note: In a recent letter to the editor, Ms. Irene Smith tries to make the case that Jesus would object to the "withholding of contraceptives, etc" by our Christian organizations.
Part of her letter is below (Read more: Sanford Herald - LETTER What would Jesus do - must register):
".....Our Constitution gives us the right to freely practice what we believe. It does not give us the right to force others to share those beliefs. Christian institutions and congregations are obliged to follow the example and the words of Jesus Christ to minister to the sick and the needy. They do an extraordinary job of it, as Mr. Gerson has been careful to point out. Withholding reproductive care and information from women who want and/or need it crosses over the line into coercion.
Are the institutions who are balking at the requirement to cover the costs of such things as contraception and sterilization respecting the rights and the views of their employees who may disagree? Are they justified in threatening to cease their ministry to the poor over this issue? What would Jesus do?..."
Editor: The Herald does not allow candidates to send in letters to the editor. But we allow them here. Our very own Kirk Smith who has filed for a Board of Commissioner's seat wrote this as a response:
Thank you Irene Smith for the thought provoking question, what would Jesus Do?
Today we live in a human secularist society that condones sexual promiscuity that unfortunately leads to the debasement of our youth, teenage pregnancies, unwed mothers, venereal diseases, all of which attribute to the so called “reproductive rights” debate. To demand an institution of faith, violate their teachings and tenets so to accommodate immoral behavior, clearly violates First Amendment right to religious freedom! We of faith can conscientiously object to the dictates of a federal government that is definitely out of control!
Where in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights is it written that we should subsidize sinful behavior? Where in the Constitution can anyone violate one’s personal right to conscientiously object? Please enlighten us! Let me be the first to suggest to Ms. Irene that we promote abstinence in order to save us from the financial risk of those who embrace a licentious, demeaning, and unhealthy lifestyle.
As for what would Jesus do? Read the Gospel of John 8:3-11:
“The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her? . . . And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” . . . But when they heard it, they went away, one by one . . . and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.”
There you have, Jesus would tell us to “go and do not sin again!”
As always, I shall remain . . . In Search of Our GOD Given Liberties!