Wednesday letters: Try church as an alternative

October 30, 2013 



— How many more Five Points victims will there be? Fortunately there is a safer choice.

Bars and taverns long have been associated with danger: violence, shootings, drugs, creepers, predators and the criminal element. There is no safe way to hang out in a snake’s den. Naivete is not protection. Strong character steers clear of avoidable temptations. (1 Corinthians 15:33, Psalms 1:12)

“Do not join those who drink too much wine.” (Proverbs 23:20, 1 Peter 4:3) Wise sheep do not hang out with wolves.

Besides Martha Childress, let’s remember Dail Dinwiddie, the young woman who was last seen at a Five Points club before her 1992 disappearance. Carter Strange was brutally beaten in 2011. May these tragic experiences not fall on deaf ears. (Proverbs 23:29-32). Despite jacked-up security, violence continues. Beer holes do not enhance personal or neighborhood safety. Leopards do not change their spots.

I’m in a club, my local church. We also hang out together. None of us is perfect, but so far no one has shot at me, cussed, assaulted, robbed, kidnapped, suggested crime or immorality. Jesus’ family of friends is wonderful. Praise God, he offers a safer, wholesome, purposeful lifestyle. God gives the best.

Fred Kerr

West Columbia

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