An­other nut­ter

The Northland Age - - Opinion - Kerik­eri MUR­RAY REID Tuakau JOHN BAS­SETT Dig­gers’ Val­ley

I am one of the nut­ters who be­lieve Christ was ex­actly who He said He was. I also be­lieve the man who said, “There ain’t no per­fec­tion in this here world.” This would ac­count for many not re­ally tak­ing in and un­der­stand­ing the words of Christ and not fol­low­ing his in­struc­tions.

Popes and arch­bish­ops, be­liev­ers and cyn­ics all need to spend more time study­ing Christ's teach­ings of love in­stead of mis­read­ing them, es­pe­cially when crit­i­cis­ing oth­ers. That in­cludes me.

SAM McHarg

The fa­mous World War I im­age should be ti­tled Hen­der­son and his Don­key.

The photo from which the paint­ings were de­rived was of Richard Hen­der­son, born in Waihi in 1895. Simp­son was an English­man with the Aus­tralians at Gal­lipoli. He died some weeks be­fore the photo was taken. The Aussies are wel­come to him.

I would wel­come a small ar­ti­cle cor­rect­ing this com­monly held mis­be­lief.

One is of the view from ex­pe­ri­ence that any­one with a gun is in con­trol of any sit­u­a­tion, and able to stand off with full con­trol, or shoot only to dis­arm the of­fender.

Do we live in a po­lice state? I say yes, and too many lives are be­ing taken in po­lice shoot­ings and po­lice pur­suits, mak­ing th­ese killings le­gal, by Acts of Par­lia­ment.

Be­lieve me, po­si­tions like Min­is­ter of Po­lice, Jus­tice, Hous­ing, Health, Wel­fare, Education, Prime Min­is­ter, Om­buds­man, Po­lice Con­duct Author­ity and many more ti­tles are only jobs for the boys and girls, noth­ing to do with love, care, re­spect or com­pas­sion, the very four im­por­tant things that make fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and na­tions with them united and pros­per. With­out them we are di­vided, and ev­ery­thing de­gen­er­ates, as we are see­ing here in New Zealand and world­wide.

There are many true words in the Bi­ble, such as hu­man be­ings are lovers of them­selves, and we should love one an­other.

Nei­ther can go hand in hand, as the first is neg­a­tive and de­struc­tive, whereas the sec­ond is pos­i­tive and up­lift­ing for the good of mind, body and spirit.

Sadly, the cost of show­ing a lit­tle kind­ness if far too great for many on this planet.

Praise the Lord for the very few who of­fer love, hope and faith with their care and com­pas­sion.

Re­mem­ber, a help­ing hand is of far greater value than a handout, just as a kind word is worth more than an an­gry, bit­ter word. PS: The mo­ment the trig­ger is pulled there can only be two in­tents. One is to kill, the other to in­jure, to dis­able. As dis­abling is not hap­pen­ing, then the in­tent can only be killing, so must be re­garded as mur­der, as the per­son with the weapon was able to back off and yet still re­main in con­trol.

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