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What the world needs now

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Letter to the editor

I was driving to Atlanta last week and began singing some songs I remember from my youth. About the same time I turned on my radio and the news of situations and conditions all around the world came blaring into my ears and heart. I turned the radio off and began singing a song I learned as a child.

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are all precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

That is the gospel truth. Yet it is a known fact and evident truth that all of God’s children do not love one another.

We hear and read daily in the newspapers, radio, TV, internet statements like “White Supremacy” and “Black Lives Matter.” The reality is that no one is supreme over anyone else. The reality is that all lives matter. Another fact that I have noticed is that when a person, red and yellow, black or white, is injured, we all bleed red. When we hurt, we all have pain. Pain has no color.

Our society has developed a philosophy that, “If you do not agree with me, I am against you. I am not going to listen to you or give you a chance to express your feelings. I am going to shout you down and shut you up.”

There is a solution to these issues. The solution and answer is found in God’s Word. He says to us, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord,” Isaiah 1:18. He also says to us, “In all that you say and do encourage one another and build each other up,” 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

There is another, secular song that was popular some time ago and should speak to us at this time.

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. Not just for some but everyone."