Sometimes, I barely recognize the world in which I now live. We’re experiencing very troubling and dangerous times. Of course, when I speak my truth, it comes from my existence, environment, lessons learned and the very essence of what’s good, bad or indifferent, according to me.

Also, whatever it is, has everything to do with the welfare and well-being of everything that those who come after me will find themselves dealing with for their survival; individually and collectively. My fervent prayer is that the struggles will end peacefully and in good faith.

What has happened to the basic principle that men have always been taught regarding truth telling? Even in the age of deep segregation and separation (the Jim Crow era when Blacks and Caucasians didn’t relate to each other), we knew that a man’s word was his bond and could be believed. In the South, a word meant something.

However, that doesn’t seem to be the case at this time. I venture to say that at this time, the word of a man, written or verbally, isn’t worth a penny with a hole in it. It doesn’t matter if statements are given on camera and are shown being denied on a split screen, simultaneously; it means nothing.

Hypocrisy, which is defined as the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior doesn’t conform, seems to carry the day.

Recently, I couldn’t believe Sen. Mitt Romney as he explained the manner in which his conscience has guided him to join the chorus of the power-seekers in our government as it relates to filling the seat of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

It seems so cold, callous and indifferent that these people, all of them, can discuss replacing the judge before she can be memorialized. I have to assume that in the world of politics, one cannot hold onto spiritual covenants and common decency. However, for my personal comfort, I refer to Mark 8:36: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

I wish now to call attention to my local community. Have you noticed any of the positive changes? Some of us haven’t because we’re busy focusing on messages of discontent and negative rhetoric.

For whatever the reasons, the hard work of positive progress that’s accomplished on behalf of the police departments and city governments of Texas City and La Marque, and the cooperation with the Ministers Alliance, never gets coverage. However, we’ve forged a solid foundation. Men and women are working diligently to make the communities safe and inclusive.

We’re doing it all without allowing party politics to influence decisions made. No red or blue communities allowed in this red state. Just taxpayers who believe in meaningful dialogue with each other in order to foster positive change. Under these unwritten rules, you’re welcome to attend.

The Rev. James E. Daniels is founder and chairman of the Eagles’ Nest community organization and the community liaison with the Texas City and La Marque police departments.

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Carlos Ponce

"Recently, I couldn’t believe Sen. Mitt Romney...."

What DID Mitt say?

“The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees. Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”

And Daniels finds fault with that?

Bill Cherry

Sen. Romney was reported to be one of the first to opine that Mrs.Justice Ginsberg's replacement consideration should be postponed until after the election. Obviously, his regular hit against President Trump. Now he's joining the push for appointment before the election. Something changed his mind. Probably those who elected him.

Bailey Jones

Truth is the first casualty of politics. Honor is the second.

Charles Douglas

It is about time Romney stopped swindling his constituents! If he wants to be a slave to Pelosi and Schumer, then be honest, and up-front about it by running as a Democrat instead of existing, hiding behind that "R" ..and honing his many skills as a RINO! I agree with Mr. Cherry! I think he received a multitude of phone calls from home!

I also think Reverend Daniels and his group by cooperating, talking to, and working with our city, and police leaders in Texas City & LaMarque is doing outstanding work! Work I think is needed and will bear much fruit in days, months, and years to come! It is always better to be proactive rather than reactive! Let's not be like the virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom at night, and thought they had enough oil in their lamps, but through a lack of planning missed the opportunity which presented itself by being foolish in NOT being prepared with extra oil! .......( Matthew 25:1-13 )

Bailey Jones

So - the bridegroom ends up with 5 virgin wives. Is this a good time for a Mormon joke?

Charles Douglas

I like you ..so I am not going to address what you asked. I will defer on this one. I will say this though, . the Word of God is no joke.

Kathy Whatley

Amen! If we looked at the world through God's eyes it would be a much better place for everyone.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey posts, "So - the bridegroom ends up with 5 virgin wives. Is this a good time for a Mormon joke?" The five virgins were BRIDESMAIDS not brides.

Bailey Jones

Then shouldn't they have been waiting for the bride? (First episode of Bridezillas ever!) I like the literal reading better.

Carlos Ponce

Time for Bailey to study the Bible!

Bailey Jones

Oh, but I have studied it, Carlos - much to the detriment of my Southern Baptist upbringing. Fun fact - there is no word for "wife' in the oldest (ancient Hebrew) part of the Bible. The word we translate as "wife" just means "woman". So when we read "so and so took a wife", the literal text is "so and so took a woman." Don't you find it odd that with rituals for everything from circumcision to menstruation, there's no wedding ritual mentioned for the tabernacle? Obviously there must have been some sort of legal distinction between a man's main squeeze and his sex slaves, but I find no evidence of a religiously sacralized union, not until Jesus' day.

Also, I'm pretty sure that your concept of "bridesmaid" comes from the middle class imitating European royalty, not working class Palestine - where the notion of 10 virgins attending a man in the middle of the night would be quite a scandal, unless they were his "women", of course.

Carlos Ponce

Of course the word "wife" is not found in the Old Testament since it's an English word. The word אִשָּׁה has multiple meanings including wife, woman, female depending on usage.

Genesis 2:22

מִן־ הָֽאָדָ֖ם לְאִשָּׁ֑ה וַיְבִאֶ֖הָ אֶל־

fashioned into a woman the rib

Genesis 2:24

\אִמּ֑וֹ וְדָבַ֣ק בְּאִשְׁתּ֔וֹ וְהָי֖וּ לְבָשָׂ֥ר

and be joined to his wife; and they shall become

Carlos Ponce

The word bridesmaid is found in the Jewish translation of the Bible:

"The Kingdom of Heaven at that time will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/cjb/ממלכת השמים באותה תקופה תהיה כמו עשר

שושבינות שלקחו את המנורות שלהן ויצאו לפגוש את החתן. חמישה מהם היו טיפשים וחמישה היו הגיוניים

Bailey Jones

Another fun fact - the true meaning of the word we translate as "rib" isn't really known, as it only occurs a few dozen places in the OT, and is only translated as "rib" once. In may be better understood not as a rib - which makes no sense at all since we have all of our ribs, but as the baculum, a bone that occurs in many other mammals, include the rest of the primates, but not in human males - 'cause God made Eve out of it. And of course it's much more ripe for allegory in a story about the first human couple than a silly old rib.

Carlos Ponce

"which makes no sense at all since we have all of our ribs" You're not Adam. Only Adam would have a rib missing. But since you are a descendant of Eve......

Bailey Jones

Yes, Mitochondrial Eve. An interesting aside, the word tzela (צֶלַע), which is translated as rib, although I prefer baculum, in its other uses means "side", which how we get to "rib", although it could also refer to side appendages like arms and legs. Which fits nicely with the part of the story where God plucks out the צֶלַע of the serpent as punishment, and leaves snakes crawling around צֶלַע-less forever. I'll also note that Eve's punishment - painful childbirth - was passed to women forever along with all the other baggage God heaped on Adam and Eve. That's logically inconsistent with your notion that plucking out Adam's צֶלַע doesn't leave men צֶלַע-less forever, however it is perfectly consistent with my notion that צֶלַע is a baculum.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, if your dad had his appendix removed prior to your conception would that affect you having an appendix?

Bailey Jones

Are you saying the Bible isn't scientific, Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

The Bible is truthful. Science is just catching up to that truth.

Angelica Rendon

Thank you for such an eloquent expression. And thank you for your optimism and positivity. I'm glad you left all the divisiveness and negativity to the same two people that find time to comment on everyone else's opinion letters.

Wayne D Holt

Although I have disagreed with Rev. Daniels in previous columns he's written, there's precious little to find fault with in this one. I have to say it is very encouraging to have social and race relations discussed in a way that leaves open the real possibility of a better way forward.

"We’re doing it all without allowing party politics to influence decisions made. No red or blue communities allowed in this red state. Just taxpayers who believe in meaningful dialogue with each other in order to foster positive change." The only improvement I might suggest in this column is to change the word "taxpayers" to "human beings." Before we're taxpayers, before we're Democrats and Republicans, or any other gender or religious preference, we're all human beings. If each one of us could only keep that in mind when emotions run high, we would be amazed by the positive improvements that would result.

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