As we embark upon the new year and decade, we should meditate on the immortal phrase of Martin Luther King Jr., “The fierce urgency of now.” Because of the divisive state that the country is in, without faith, one would ask the question: Do truth and facts matter?

However, the people of faith can and will say with conviction — yes, they do matter. This time in our life may seem bleak and dreary, but those of us who practice faith know that we will understand it better, bye and bye.

The letter to the editor that was written by a good friend, Kenneth Douglas (“My loyalty is to the Constitution and flag, not Trump,” The Daily News, Jan. 24) is noteworthy. If privileged, I would add, “and to our God.” We grew up in the era of Jim Crow and segregation. In that time, all we had was the truth of the Bible and the promises of the Constitution.

Although, as a group of people with lineage to the continent of Africa, we were never fully afforded equal rights under the Constitution. However, we were taught to be loyal to it and the flag because of the unwavering belief in the word of God. Even after being denied basic civil and human rights, we remained loyal to the Constitution and the flag.

When called to the military, we went off to serve, and many died. Now, watching legislatures as they make a mockery of democracy, on a daily basis, is in a class unto itself. We were taught from childhood that lying was wrong at any time. In this day and time, it appears that lying has become a way of life.

While we hear constant talk about our “booming economy,” all types of wrongs are being perpetrated and ignored. As we navigate through these times, I think of 1st Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

Our police, who are not perfect, now have to deal with people who have the right to carry guns any and everywhere. Yes, the Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms, but when citizens have more guns than the police, we have a problem.

Men and women of peace must be willing to step up and say the right thing. Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us be not weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

People who have the spirit of unification should let their opinion be known. It’s a fact that unity strengthens and division weakens. The United States, on paper, is the most powerful nation in the world, but so were Egypt and Mesopotamia. But look at them now. Division from within and unscrupulous and immoral leaders lead them to their destruction.

We cannot allow our nation to fall. We must begin to fight and diligently, stand for the rule of law and be willing to still the winds of division with the spirit of love at all costs.

The Rev. James E. Daniels is founder and chairman of the Eagles Nest community organization and lives in Texas City.

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Ray Taft

“Do truth and facts matter?” Yes, the true truth matters.

Truth is a huge issue for the world today and speaks about the challenge for Christians to stand for truth and to be people of truth where telling the truth is a revolutionary act that brings the wrath of the PC crowd.

Truth is eroded daily in the fake news media and in the Democratic Party. The erosion of truth is based on the PC social and cultural influences of our world, with its worldly prophets telling us all how we should think, and what we should believe. People who listen to this fake truth become mind-numb robots of the left.

The impact of the fake truth on society is that if there is no true truth, there are no inalienable God-given rights and no true freedoms. Therefore, leftists can easily take away all our Constitutionally guaranteed rights.

There is a moral challenge to know the true truth. Individuals personally need to seek the true truth and avoid truth twisters.

Christians need to put on the full armor of God, so that they can take a stand against the deceivers’ schemes. Ask God for wisdom and He will give it to you.

Paula Flinn

I would say “political spin” has been the enemy of TRUTH from both sides, the media from the left and the right. Try applying The Who, What, When, Where, & How, questions you first learned to ask and give the American people the true facts. The “Why” will be determined by reasoning, or logic, or witnesses.

Leadership comes from the top. Certain leaders will engage in a cover-up rather than reveal the TRUTH.

Michael Jozwiak

Rev. Daniels, remember that people without faith have an equal stake in the political scene today, and people of faiths other than Christian too.

Jarvis Buckley

My thoughts are as long as we stand with our president we will stay strong.

Bailey Jones

Facts are facts, faith is faith. The one has nothing to do with the other. Given the inability of people of faith to agree on the facts that form the basis of their various faiths, it seems dubious to use faith to determine facts. We can judge facts by science. Faith informs our judgement about how to respond to those facts.

People of faith like to talk about "truth", often when talking about articles of faith that can't be based on facts.

But I think we can all agree that lying about facts is not telling the truth, regardless of your faith in the liar.

Charles Douglas

I think Reverend Daniels, leaned quickly on his lead foot, because I think he rode this one over the far left field fence out of the ball park! NOW having said that, I would like TO say that I hope nobody who can read these words will base the most important decision of their life on FACTS and SCIENCE! Did King Solomon use FACTS and SCIENCE when he settled the argument concerning who was the real mother of a certain baby in the bible? No! He did not! He use Godly wisdom, and his relationship with GOD. ( Faith ). Did Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego, depend on LOGIC, FACTS, and SCIENCE to deliver them out of that fiery furnace, they were condemned to die in? No,..No I SAY!! They, leaned not to their own LOGIC, or understanding, but on FAITH in God, and the wisdom they had acquired in forming and diligently seeking a relationship with GOD! What was the difference between Ruth, and Opal? Which one walked by FAITH and which one acted on LOGIC and FACTS! ......Judge Your Honor,..If it pleases the Court..........Ahhh

ISRAEL JACK SR.

HOW WILL WE HELP KEEP OUR NATION FROM FALLING? STOP CRITISIZING OUR PRESIDENT AND HELP HIM DO WHAT HE IS DOING. VOTE FOR HIM AND HIS PLATFORM TO HELP THIS NATION GET BACK TO GOD. THE PRESIDENT IS DOING BIBLICAL THING IF YOU ARE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT YOU ARE AGAINST GOD. THE WORD OF GOD IS THE ONLY THING WILL KEEP THIS NATION FROM FALLING. IF THIS NATION CONTINUE THE WAY ITS GOING WE ARE LOOKING AT ANOTHER (GEN. 19) HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP SO THIS

NATION WILL ESCAPE (GEN. 19 CHAPTER) THE LEFT WILL LEAD THIS NATION TO DESTRUCTION.

REV. ISRAEL J. JACK SR.

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