9 kids would be hard to overlook
The story The Independent printed concerning the arrest of the mother and father of nine children living in unbearable conditions should bring shame to all the neighbors and acquaintances in the Rowan County community.
At least someone reported the conditions and got the kids help before it was too late. The circumstances of the parents are unknown as of yet but the people in their community should have come forward with help of any sort before the children had to be split up and taken from the parents and home.
The neighbor who gave water and food while meaning well and doing a good deed should have gone to the home and checked on things before circumstances became so dire. The neighbors, the church, friends and family should be deeply ashamed of themselves for allowing nine young children to suffer as long as they did.
If I have spoken unfairly, I am truly sorry but it seems to me nine kids in poverty would be hard to overlook.
Cliff Stapleton, Ashland
We can identify with the Jews
Never doubt the right of existence of the Jews, but rather give them recognition as the nation through which the Word of God has come to us: “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew. First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God. What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all!" (Romans 3:1-4 NIV).
There has always been a faithful remnant in Israel with whom we can identify spiritually, while ever reaching out to the unfaithful ones. If you are a believer, please remember the Jewish roots of your religion.
“And since Abraham and the prophets are God’s people, their children will be too. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be holy too: But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree have been broken. And the Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, were grafted in. So now we, too, receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in God's rich nourishment of His own special olive tree” (Romans 11:16-17)
Being a partaker of the blessings offered to Israel should arouse a tremendous love in the hearst of all Gentiles towards the Jews. God was willing to take us who were so far away from him, being part of a wild olive tree, and graft us into his good tree e will be ready to put the Jews back again, where they belong?... Yes, it is true that some of the Jews have set themselves against the Gospel, but this will last only until all of the Gentiles have come to Christ — those of you who will. And then all Israel will be saved" (Romans 11:24-26 LB).
Charles W Holbrook, Flatwoods