On this episode of Decision Point, Holly interviews El Paso city Manager Joyce Wilson on the many controversies concerning city management.
My entire family and I saw the interview with Joyce Wilson. We heard what she had to say, and I have to say that all of us strongly disagree with Ms. Wilson. We perceive Joyce Wilson as an extreme radical leftist, with socialist tendencies. We believe in true democracy, we believe in what the founding fathers have established, as well as the moral Christian values that they followed in their lives. As a family, we always try to apply bible principles in our lives. We believe in the sanctity of life, we believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, and this woman, Joyce Wilson, has time and again challenged the teachings that God gives us in his Holy Book. We disagree with the fact that she intervene to throw the votes of the community to pass a law that forces the taxpayer to pay taxes for domestic partners. We believe in true democracy, and Joyce Wilson was not elected, and yet she has more power that the mayor of this city, which is quite alarming, because right now she has unlimited powers to manage the city at her will. The only thing that we are doing right now is praying for this city, and for God to give our city representatives true wisdom. If you keep challenging God’s word, and His mandates, you can talk about progress and moving forward all that you want, but He will bring judgment over the entire city because His children are challenging directly by doing our own will and not His. We should turn our eyes back to the Lord, and recognize that our ways are wrong, and ask Him for forgiveness because we have stray from His path. We can talk money and progress all we want, but without the blessings of the Lord we will never progress, and these people are challenging the Lord directly by allowing things that they know they should not be allowed. Marriage will always be among a man and a woman. Abortion is wrong; life is a gift from God. Last, but not least, the constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights have precedence over the entire land, those documents promote true democracy, and the document does determine what democracy is. Joyce Wilson is not an elected city official, we elect our officials. She knows that she should not be holding that position in the first place. She should serve her term and retire. We ask this very respectfully.
We strongly believe that this city councilmen as well as Joyce Wilson are working for interest groups outside from El Paso. Personally, I have been into San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and other Texas cities, and El Paso is not large enough to sustain the types of progressive and ambitious projects that they want to implement. The vast majority of people living in this city make minimum wage. Some of them are still unemployed, and this council wants to raise taxes for everyone. It’s already happening in our downtown. The people in power want to benefit at the expense of others. Is this fair? Even Jesus did talk about this:
And when he had gone forth into the way, a certain man, running up and kneeling before him, asked him: Good Master, what shall I do that I may receive life everlasting? 18 And Jesus said to him: Why do you call me good? None is good but one, that is God. 19 You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, bear not false witness, do no fraud, honour your father and mother. 20 But he answering, said to him: Master, all these things I have observed from my youth. 21 And Jesus, looking on him, loved him and said to him: One thing is wanting unto you. Go, sell whatsoever you have and give to the poor: and you shall have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me. 22 Who being struck sad at that saying, went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looking round about, says to his disciples: How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus again answering says to them: Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God? 25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 Who wondered the more, saying among themselves: Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking on them, says with men it is impossible; but not with God. For all things are possible with God.
So, what is the priority here? To follow the will of God our Lord All Mighty? Or to make earthly riches, even if that means doing things that are wrong in the eyes of God? Just remember what happened in Mathew 21:12:
Then Jesus went into the Temple, threw out everyone who was selling and buying in the Temple, and overturned the moneychangers’ tables and the chairs of those who sold doves.
Just remember why this happened. What is more important, to follow God’s Word, or to get rich and wealthy fast and easy?
Just remember that God is watching all of us, always, and He wants us to see what we are doing and reflect upon it. We keep following our own path and judgement will come upon this city as well.
One more thing, Joyce Wilson has to repent from her sins, and she needs to remember this:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
There are some truths about the Christian faith that our adversary would have us forget: that hell exists, it is very easy to go there and many do. “‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’ He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.’” (Luke 13.24) When I was young my parents had a book which had a picture depicting this. It showed a very wide road with roses all along its side and it wound down and down into the depths. Another road was near it. It was narrow, rocky and hard. It had thorns beside it and it wound up and up, higher and higher until it came to a door out of which streamed the most beautiful light.
We want our Christianity to be easy. It simply isn’t. “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14.22)
One last thing, progress is good, we are not against progress. Hard and honest work to get earthly wealth is good, but we need to always remember to follow the precepts of God our Lord Almighty. Without His blessings we will not accomplish anything at all. We need to follow his word and live the life of a true Christian. We need to remember that the Lord gives us what we have, and he can also take away what we have. Riches are not everything, for we can be rich, but we can also lack health. You can have everything that your heart can desire, you can win the entire world, have the world under your feet, and yet, you can lose your soul.
New International Version (NIV)
36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
You can say that you are a Christian which is easy to say, but if you don’t follow and live God’s word, and give testimony with your life, then in reality, what are you?
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