Meridian Star

September 22, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Letter of thanks from Hubert 'Sarge' Rivers

    I want to thank everyone who participated in the Rivers & Robinson Carshow/fundraiser last month. Thank you to all of the people who worked so hard to put this event together.

    Thank you to the people who worked at the event, who donated gifts, donated food, for everything! Thank you to LEMA as well as the other emergency groups that participated. Also, all other groups who participated and the people that came to the event and showed their support.

    Thank you Sheriff Sollie, Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun, as well as others that got dunked in the dunking booth for the cause. Thank you to the Car Show participants. The cars, trucks and motorcycles brought back a lot of good memories.     The love and support that was shown to me, as well as to Thomas was overwhelming. Thank you my brothers and sisters in law enforcement, my co-workers, my friends, and my family. I cannot say thank you enough for all of the hard work that went into this event and for the love and support all have shown to me.

    My kids and grandkids have always said that we don’t go anywhere without someone knowing me or me knowing someone. It looks like they are right judging from the turnout at this event.

    My two “sons” Eddie and Freddie said that I once told them during their boxing years, “When you think you are tired and knocked down, get up, pull up your trunks, dust them off and go one more round!”

    So many people have mentioned that they are praying for me. Thank you all for prayers as they work wonders. Please continue to remember me and Thomas in your prayers.  

Thank you again!

Hubert “Sarge” Rivers

Founders believed

God was nation's underpinning

    In an Aug. 10 article by Charles Haynes, he asks forgiveness for being snippy. It seems he assumes that he is the only one that has read the Constitution.

    I will forgive his snippiness, but his glib, crass pomposity is a little more difficult to digest.

    There are several glaring inconsistencies and contradictions in his article that should be noted.

    First, I know of no well informed person — right, left, or upside down — that has said that America is a "Constitutionally Mandated Christian Nation."

    His spin on the First Amendment is totally bogus. The statement that "this amendment was added to further ensure a fully secular state with a guarantee of religious freedom for all." No one, unless they crawled out from under a rock, is going to believe that a fully secular nation is going to guarantee religious freedom for all.

    The truth is that America "was" established by men who believed that faith in Jesus Christ, and the Word of God, the Bible, was the strongest underpinning that any nation could have. Although there were diversity of views on some issues the founders were all in agreement on these principles.

    If Mr. Haynes would have bothered to read the words of these great men, he would have found them all solidly behind establishing a nation whose foundation rested upon God and his word.

    In closing, although I am leaving much to be said, I'll leave these thoughts. The first paragraph labels those who are "peddling the myth that America was founded as a Christian nation." I say to Mr. Haynes and all those with his mindset, yes, America has been thought of as a Christian nation.

    When the principles of Christianity predominated, we didn't have abortion legalized, so called gay marriage, spiraling divorce rates, epidemic drug usage, the raw sewage of rampant pornography, school shootings, etc.

    So, Mr. Haynes, welcome to the wonderful non-Christian state of utopia of America, a nation that is rapidly losing her soul. Here, where freedom of religion has come to mean freedom from religion, except of course Eastern religions, Islam, Wicca, etc.

    These two verses from God's word, the Bible, express God's view of a nation. Psalms 9:17, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Also, Psalms 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, exiled Russian author, when asked what happened to his country, replied, "They forgot God."

    May God help us all,


Rev. Allen Shortridge