County at odds over liquor

Dear Editor

The people in Simpson County have spoken, we will no longer be a dry county therefore that is settled. However I would like to make some very important comments and corrections from Thursday, November 7, 2019, Simpson County News on the Opinion section and the Guest Column. First on the Opinion article. Before beginning I would like to share my appreciation for the Simpson County News which keep us informed on the local events and happenings in our area. There are many things we would not have knowledge of without your assistance. However I would like to try to bring some clarity on a few comments made. Maybe the sign by the Simpson County Christian Coalition could have been worded differently, but I'm sure the intention of those who came up with the idea didn't think if people did not vote against alcohol they are not saved and as stated also would go to hell. I did not see it that way. I believe what they were concerned about was Simpson County being among the approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost. The shortening of lives of those who died by an average of 30 years and the economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption estimated at $249 billion according to (CDC) Center for Disease per year. They saw where maybe as an adult one may handle it moderately but too many of the youth may not be able too. Finally on the Opinion section I know it is believed that a wet county will benefit us economically and time will tell, however I believe the (SCCC) had a concern about the harm alcohol abuse has and is doing in the lives of those God cares dearly about. Now to the writer of the Guest Column who said he was a Christian and was offended about the sign by the (SCCC). He also stated that the sign meant to him the people who voted for liquor is anti-Christ. I know some of the guys with the (SCCC), I also know some in the Southern Baptist Churches that had the signs up, I'm  sure that was not their suggestion. The best thing was probably to ask the individual or individuals their way of thinking before making accusations or assuming that was their way of thinking. Probably had they known the misunderstanding it would cost they probably would have worded it differently. As Christians we cannot judge  people but we must judge matters and be an influence to society or we are missing our Kingdom assignment. To any Christian that would like to justify drinking alcohol there should be no debate. 1 Cor 6:12 says," all things are lawful but all things are not beneficial." The apostle Paul who is the writer continues to say, I won' t be brought under its power nor allow it to control me. Then Col 3:17 states, " And whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus." Also 1Cor 10:31," Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God." In conclusion if he or she can drink alcohol in the name of the Lord and do it for His glory, and not destroy his family nor harm his surroundings, no one can argue the case! In conclusion there were two different prospectives here. There were those looking from an economical standpoint which is to be considered and the other from a spiritual standpoint which also must be considered. Both important, but according to scripture, it is understood, not economics alone, but it is Righteousness that exalts a community, town, city, nation!

Jerry Winn