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OPINION THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS A tfinntc.q ulfliratimt Millard B. Grimes, President usps 82o-o MIKE till J-: PUBLISt w3JADv ER'riIN (; I)IRECrOR JOHN KUYKEN I)AI,L AS(K:IA'I IC PUBI JSI IEIffEI )ITOR BRYAN G:'r:R Aq(X]A'I' El )ITOR JAYNE GOLDSTON BUSINIe% IJL\\; NAGER Phone (706) 846-3188 Fax (706) 846-2206 E O. Box 426 tfogansville, Georgia 302.30 Stop Praying? Not This Pupil The Columbus Ledger- Enquirer is closely following a story about a young man who refuses to stop praying at his school after repeatedly being told to do so. The Carver High freshman is on the verge of either flunking the ninth grade, because of the number of suspensions received for praying out loud, or he could even be expelled. The Columbus stories indi- cated the young man is a devot- ed Christian and believes God has told him to pray out load, even though school rules prohibit it. He understands what the conse- quences are and is willing to pay the price for continuing. In a story printed in the paper on Friday, April 7, the young man was quoted as saying, "Jesus says be glad when they persecute you because you're doing it for me." It appears the young man has a good understanding about the Christian life. At a young age we are all taught about the Christians of old who were persecuted for Christ's sake. As a young man growing up, I chose the Pentecostal denomination. The horror stories of how those of the Pentecostal believe were perse- cuted would startle some people. Even today, some people still refer to the Pentecostal faith as "Holy Rollers." It seems that Christians are always fighting battles over something like this. When you say "grace" today in a restaurant you get those glaring stares that let you know some people don't approve of it. It seems the school has offered an alternative to the young man's dilemma. They will allow the young man to pray in a room alone. He has said if he did ' pray separately from his class- mates, then he would not be doing what God wants him to do. I have never been, and prob- ably never will be, a supporter of separation of church and state for many reasons. It is my per- sonal belief separation of church and state is a violation of an indi- vidual's rights. Everyone should have the freedom to worship as they choose. i ii "Jesus says be 1tu,: Htn;AssvuJ,: HOME N:ws is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816, USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $16 in Troup, Heard or Meriwether Counties; $20 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes Second class poslagc paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230. FOR SteSCRIPTIONS call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publicatkms, E O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. PoSrMAS'rrZR: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. S'rA Publisher and Advertising Director .................................................................... Mike Hale Asstx:iatc Publisher and Editor ................................................................. Jolm Kuykendall Assx'iam Fxtitor .................................................................................................. Bryan Geter Business Manager ........................................................................................ Jayne Gotdston Staff Writc ......................... Deborah Smith, Caroline Yeager` Lee Howell, Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager ........................................................................ Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales .............................................................................................. Linda Lester PhotognJphy ............................................................................................. Michael C. 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Laura Grimes Corer Treasurer .............................................................................................. Kathy Grimes Garrett Legal Counsel aud Assistant Secretary ..................................................... James S. Grimes PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - APRIL 13, 2000 Spring Snow...l've Seen It t100: )l] B, Well now, I do believe I've funnyfarm, where he was an out- . ::: :, ........ ..... ........... z>, "Amen, Mrs. io seen it all! Here I sit, snow patient, and had the poet laure-  "Hogansville is afalling, no water, very little heat ate write him a beautiful poem Friendly People." V t to and small ambition. Poets write entitled, "Seeds Won't Grow In iiiii also, "The Town ot poemsofspring flowersandbirds the Snow." :i!: : i:!;ilii  People." When I had |us singing. I never knew but one You know, I told you we were   ble, just a little over  :? ::! : i :i :ii I found more love t  t who wrote about the snows of planting roses and now we can't : :ii::: ::i ii!  was there, or deserve | early spring, and he was a crazy even see them. We both worked  Mrs. Lain had sos l as a wild turkey. This poet could so hard. The wife dug the holes ' " : : ?::: : :f:;;> wax eloquent about spring snows and did the planting and I stood words to say about  , and the beauty of income tax. I in the window to yell and point. Both Frank and I w hear he is now poet laureate of Now "yelling and pointing" can remember, years ag af: the funny house, get a good man down, so short "When I had a bit of Lam would warm otl sl if needed. Frank, he0 let My long handles had been naps were necessary between trouble, just a little because he loved usi me carefully put away, ;but, taking "yelling and pointing". Perhaps my own advice, I did not look for all our work was for naught, but over l year ago, l found the exercise, b them; instead, I looked for a few the wife grew some good mus- wrote love than I knew All of us are me 9e family of Hogansvill! , f nails and found my long handles ties and the yelling really helped WCtS there, or dr3- can fuss a bit, but tl 0 in a gallon fruit jar stored with my voice. the canned beans. The wife did- You might remember when I SlTed." one another. That is co n't have such good luck, but she told you about our new car and we all want for our t did find her pink bathing suit she what childish delight we had Don't forget Mond " had lost in Florida, so we are pressing the buttons and watch- Civic night, sponsor ready, come what may. hag the car do this and that. Well, come up there and put that ldax- Service Club. I h Seriously, I've known this to now there was one button I over- on horn where you won't enjoy before about my happen once before. When I was looked. Every thirty days it it." What will they tlfink of next? the Pilots. Where a small lad in Alabama, it snowed makes a little ring and lights up Phoned Mrs. Lain this morn- without our women so deep that only those with long- saying, "payment is due". After ing and they were doing well. You Garden Club and legged mules could do the spring five tingings and saying "pay- know, Mrs. Lain can talk rather fact, come to think plowing. My Uncle Jim Bob's merit is due', a klaxon horn long and well, and I love every our women we woul mule was named Slow Sborty, so sounds loud and clear. You can word of it. She said, "God intend- at all. he could do no plowing. He just hear the horn in Grantville. in ed us to live in Hogansville, If you have a sp threw his seed on top of the snow fact, a man in Grantvflle called because we have more friends visit someone in the and prayed for the best. When recently and said, "If you don't here than we ever would have had hospital is the most 1 nothing came up, he went to the make that payment, I'm going to anywhere else." I would reply, in the world. " -t glad when they .... persecuteyou ,ou'r00 Thro00ing Down the Gaunt doing it for me." ........... (Another in a series) "You, the people of Georgia, requests that have It was as hot and bright in in the coming senatorial prima- from many leadin Barnesville as it had been in ry...have a perfect right to choose Georgia that I make 1  was founded on the Christian Athens. An occasional breeze any candidate you wish.., but clear, I have no hesitai belief. It's ironic to me that we gave some relief to the dusty because Georgia has been good ing that if I were.able.] have so easily accepted separa- crowd" relief and even delight, enough to callme her adopted son the September prim tion of church and state, but we as the fragrance of peach trees and because for many long years state, I mostassuredly i still print "IN GOD WE TRUST" and pine wafted through the heat- I have regarded Georgia as my, my ballot for Lawren| on our currency, ed air. The speaker,s stand was other state. I feel no hesitation in  _i I applaud this young man. He of newly cut raw pine, and glared telling you what I would do if I THE ROAR FRO M is a true believer in Christ and white and yellow in the sun. The could vote here next month..." George supporters stands firmly in what he believes, scene was almost too dramatic. The crowd was getting rest- most of the anticlimaal I'm surethere are others that feel It seemed staged, less and noisy. Roosevelt remarks.As soonasth .... finished, friends of as l do about this matter. I'malso Though eandidate Camp and digressed about his opponents in "We knowwhat platformrnshedtol sure the school system will Rivers and Richard Russell and Congress. would to a stricken 4. enforce the rules and will prob- other distinguished men were on "What I am about to say," he you are going to leapt from his woodeSl ably either suspend this young the stand, all eyes were on the continued, and a voice from the man or expel him. President and Sen. George. The crowd came: "We know what you say." tomed chair to grasp [ It will probably work out for President had on a double-breast- are going to sayt" as if imploring hand. _ ! the best for him however. If he ed tropical suit of such a light him to get on with it... will be no , As they shook, "Mr. President, I re is doing what God has told him gray color as to seem almost news to my old friends... Sen. to, then he will be rewarded for white. He was smiling as hebegan Walter George... Let me make it and laughter of the day. It was have taken this his persecution. I would not be to speak. George somber, occa- clear that he is, and I hope will one thing the Camp, George and tion my democracy surprised if one of the Columbus sionally frowning, sat in a dark always be, my personal friend. Roosevelt supporters all were my public record. I wl area Christian schools offered to suit, one leg crossed over the He is beyond question a gentle- agreed on. know that I accept  educate the young man. If not, other. man and a scholar." As to Camp, Roosevelt said, lenger!" ] there are plenty of private tutors The rural Georgians drowned "I have known him for many "God bless you, w#l out there who will probably vol- THE PRESIDENT spoke hur- him with cheers for George." years. He has had experience in always be friends." | unteer to home school him. riedly about ruralelectrification. Roosevelt continued, "with whom the State Legislature; he has Then the Presided Whether the young man He turned then to his theme about I differ heartily and sincerely on served as Attorney General of stand and he and his knows it or not, he has already the need for liberal Democrats in the principles and policies of how Georgia and for four years, he the primary stage to tl| achieved something great The Congress. the government of the United had made a distinguished record ants. young man has taught many that "The man who says he is for States ought to be run." in the United States District At least, physically lk we should be humble to God and progress but whose record shows Court. fact, the contest in the l do his will no matter what the that he hinders or hampers or OVER THE CROWD'S buzz, "I regard him not only as a remained before the p eostistous. Each of us who con- tired to kill new measures of Roosevelt turned to the other ean- public servant with successful pure George and fess to be Christians should learn progress is dangerous," didates. Talmadge, who was not experience but as a man who hon- George was the only from this young man. We should Roosevelt said. The crowd knew on the pine stand, and those advo- estly believes that many things that really matter be willing to stand up for what whom he meant. So did the sen- cares were not in the dusty audi- must be done and done now to Roosevelt was the ordYl we believe, even though it may ator. He took a piece of paper out ence, he dismissed as one, "who improve the economic and social 1 not be the popular thing to do. of his pocket and began to write concerns me not at all.' This conditions of the country. (Next week: His D ! on it as Roosevelt continued, brought the loudest boos, cheers "Therefore, ansv4ering the With George) God's Grace Gives Us ttOl t cares us to look up. According to the National we are living in a world that is Institute of Mental Health, looking down. er said that the same depression cost the nation an esti- commences salvation, ! salvation. mated $30-$44 billion in 1990. It BUT,  can read in Titus is also estimated that two million chapter two and verse thirteen, workdays are missed each year "Looking for that blessed hope, ONCE WE are s due to depression. From an AOL and the glorious appearing of the grace, we are to groWll web page, it is estimated that great God and our Savior Jesus grace. It is the respo depression is second only to heart Christ." Even in a world that is the church to disciple 11 disease in causing lost workdays looking down, we eanlook up. The verts, but it is also th.e_! in America. blessed hope and the glorious says grace is God's Riches At bility of new convertS We truly live in a world that appearing are two phrases that Christ's Expense. However you In short, according to is looking down. But, the mental describe the same event, the com- look at it, grace refers to some- thebelieveristorejectal health of this country is not the hag of Jesus Christ. We find the one being given something they all that is sinful and w! only thing we find looking down. blessed hope of the believer is did not, could not, nor ever for  to embrace all that i A close study of the morals and the glorious appearing of the anyreason earn or deserve. Paul and godly. When a per spirituality of this country will great God and our Savior, Jesus tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, "For with God, then they[ also reveal a downward trend. At Christ. In these verses we are by grace are ye saved through ashamed to look up fo.rl the risk of being labeled a gloom given three reason why we can faith; and that not of yourselves: ing. It is a sad thoug.! and doom preacher, we must look up and look for the coming it is the gift of God: [9] Not of many Christians will understand that the last days just oftheLord, works, lest any man should selvesinembarrassing[ before the coming of the Lord boast." We can look up because when Jesus comes. Ma! $ will progressively decline. THE FIRST reason can be the appearance of God's grace everyday in such a wa)' found in Titus 2:11 which says, enables us to. moment Jesus comes, ! PAUL IN writing to the young 'or the grace of God that beashamed. pastor Timothy, says, "this know bringeth salvation hath appeared THE SECOND reason we can also that in the last days perilous to all men." We see the appear- look up in a world looking down LASTLY we find in' times shall come." After hemakes anee of grace that enables us to in found in Titus 2:12 which says, the arrival of the glo I that statement, he proceeds to look up. The only way a person 'qbaching us that denying ungod- ages ustolookup.Jesust I describe those days with such can be ready to look for the corn- liness and worldly lust, we that he would come al words as, covetous, boasters, ing of the Lord is to be saved by should live soberly, righteously receive his own unto hill proud, blasphemers, disobedient the grace of God. By definition, and godly in this present evil that is apromise that wil to parents, unholy, unthankful, the word grace means an unmer- world." The appearance of God's We can look up in a wot without natural affection, truce- ited favor. Some have even made grace enables us to look up, but looking down because breakers and several more. Tidy an acrostic from the word, which thi admonition to godliness edu- coming to take us homo