‘My moral compass’

Almost everyone is familiar with people getting lost in the wilderness or at sea. A compass is the most important thing to carry with you as you travel unfamiliar places. It can mean the difference in life or death if you are lost long enough.

I believe that we as a county have lost or forgotten our moral compass as again we are facing the dilemma of people wanting to change our moral standards by allowing the sale of alcohol here in Blount County.

Don’t be misled by the people who are promising lots of money for our schools, roads and everything else. You who do know right from wrong must make the right decision because God will judge you. The Bible, which was given to us as a moral compass, if it was being read would plainly show you the right direction to take on this issue. The Bible is God’s guide to us, and it works wonderfully when it is adhered to.

The reason we are in such moral decline and confusion is because everyone wants to do what is right in his own eyes.

Let me plead with you to return to God’s way and God’s word. Train up your children to leave off alcohol, all drugs, and fornication, to learn God’s principles and practice them daily. It will protect them from so much heartache in their lives.

Here are some scriptures from the Bible King James Version to support my convictions about alcohol. Get your Bible and study and get your own convictions.

Proverbs 20:1 – Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Proverbs 21:17 – He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

Proverbs 23:31 – Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.

Hosea 4:11 – Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

Habakkuk 15 – Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that putteth thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness.

Jeremiah 12:13 – They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns, they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit, and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

St. Matthew 4:4 – But he answered and said Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:8 – For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting.
Patricia Johnson