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Bridge-Burning, Bridge-Building, and Wall-Building

A boy once lived through a river crossing. The waters receded and the ground became dry and the people crossed. But a few people stayed in the middle, stranded on high places in the river. They lived on islands in the middle of a grand, wide river.

As the boy grew up, he noticed the people in the middle. When he became a man, he longed to cross the stream again to bring more people across. He dreamed of just the right bridges and how to reach those on the other side and those on the islands.

He lived at the edge of the river and build a few walls for his home and then began planning to reach those on the islands and those on the other side. He watched their habits. He waved at people on the islands and on the other side, and he one day noticed that if he stepped into the stream a little and asked for help, he could reach the islands nearby. He would visit the people and talk to them. Sometimes people received him, sometimes they didn’t.

The budding bridge-builder would bring food and the fruit of the land to those on the islands. He gave them things to read to pass their time with joy. A few crossed over and left their islands, and joy filled his heart. All of his friends and family received the newly landed people and he was happy.

Gradually, he invited others to help him build bridges to those further out on the islands. He would look for the best place to land the bridge and visited with gifts of peace. On occasion he found islands where people had built walls all around the islands like fortresses and who refused to cross over or even to greet him. He pressed on and went to the islands that were accessible.

Sometimes he would build a bridge to an islander and the person attacked him. When this happened, he put up a gate on the island bridge to protect himself and the other incorporated citizens. Then, he moved on to build more bridges.

On rare occasion, he found islanders who would receive him freely at first, but later would burn all the bridges to their island. While he never understood why people would stay on the islands, he refused to muddle in the river weeping forever over the bridges that could have been and would venture out to new islands.

He kept finding new islands. Occasionally, he would even call out to those on the other side and would send a boat to retrieve those who wanted to cross. Yes, there is danger in bringing people safely to land. Yes, it is a life prone to long hours alone reaching islands and reaching out to the other side, but every time someone rejoined the people of the land and the rejoicing went up, the labor was worth it.

So will you build bridges or burn them? Build brick walls with graffiti smiley faces or put in doors and windows, ready to open the gates when the time is right.

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Resist & oppose HR 3185 which violates the law of love – An Open Letter to all God-fearing Americans

Love at times seems hateful. Not that true love is hateful, rather, it -appears hateful to those who love sin.-

For example, when a mother tells her children to stay away from the jar of sugar, she is hoping that they will not eat the whole thing and poison their systems. When a father tells his children to listen to their mother, he intends their good. The children may say, “You hate me.” In fact, the parents are doing the most loving thing.

In the same way, sometimes loving speech can seem hateful. Love makes us do things that seem foolish.

In today’s environment, people don’t like to hear that what they are doing is wrong. If you tell someone that what they are doing is wrong, they will say you are being hateful.

Our Forefathers were well aware that society’s can become corrupt, and so they quickly passed the First Amendment which guarantees Freedom of Religion, including the exercise thereof and the freedom of speech.

Religion by nature states that certain things are right and other things are wrong. There is nothing wrong with this aspect of religion in itself. Why? Because there is God who has already given His Word on what is right. If God says something is wrong, it is wrong.

Right and wrong are not decided ultimately by the citizens of these united states. Rather, truth is decided by God. As the Declaration of Independence held, we are all created equal by God.

The sad fact is that we have all equally gone astray.
There is none that does right.
Each has gone to his own wicked way.
The way of peace this nation as a nation no longer knows.

If you doubt me, ask even the Muslims. The Islamic world is on a jihad against the free world, subtle at times and at other times very violent. Islam can only succeed when a nation forfeits her freedom.

When America cuts loose from her moral restraints, jihad will break loose on America in dimensions the news has yet to report.

God is giving America an opportunity to repent, though. If we will speak up in love for what is right and against death and against sin and against every manner of evil and wickedness, then again will justice, peace and truly liberated love flourish as it is expressed lawfully when the word of God is honored in this land again.

We need to protect the freedom to speak against moral and sexual sins like homosexual behavior so that the rest of the freedoms of society may flourish. Otherwise, America will perish like Sodom & Gomorrah as a nation, but the remnant who clings to the truth of God’s word will be preserved, though they run to the Middle East to find refuge in the desert and on the distant islands where the deserts and coastlands shall bloom once more.

depending on the Messiah as the only true Prince of Peace,
Mert Hershberger
Ypsilanti, Michigan

If the above seems extreme in light of future history, feel free to disregard me as a poet. If the truth of God’s word is fulfilled, then it will have proven to be prophetic. If you don’t believe me, read the Bible. If you don’t believe the teaching of Jesus, please comment below.

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