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January 5, 2013

Don’t judge people on their alcohol use

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

The Dec. 13 article of 10 homeless men displaced from Tent City because of an arsonist was disheartening.

The more disappointing aspect of the story was the City Rescue Mission’s director declining comment about any available beds after five were still sleeping on the streets.

Tent City is notorious for empty beer cans. The City Rescue Mission has a policy that if you drink, you can’t reside there. I credit them for the good they do but this policy must change.

Drinkers are often looked upon as sinners who are then sometimes abandoned, ridiculed and condemned. If you condemn them, you are also condemning Christ.

Luke 7:34 and 7:35 states that the son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, behold a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of all her children.

Refusing to acknowledge this aspect of Christ’s life are clergy, and those who feel they are of moral authority, who serve religion instead of Christ. They are making salvation appear unattainable to those who don’t bow to the dictation of man’s interpretation of what a Christian is. They are subjugating people by their doctrine of what they feel is relevant.

In Leviticus 10:9 it says not to drink wine nor strong drink when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die.

Leviticus 10:10 states that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean. Therefore you can drink alcohol and still be holy and clean.

Paraphrasing Matthew 25, if Christ says, “I was homeless, why didn’t you shelter me?” Christ will not want to hear, “Because you had alcohol on your breath.”

Arthur McRae Powell

North Beaver Street

New Castle

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