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To the Editor:
Bruce and I would like to belatedly thank Joe Drake and the school board for going ahead with the Todd Becker event in January 2019. We were one of the many people who called them to encourage them to go ahead with it.
We totally believe in the separation of Church and State. I was at the afternoon assembly. It was a powerful message on making wise choices and don’t drink and drive. He used information from many sources. We hardly think one brief sharing of one single bible verse from his personal perspective violates church and state.
At the afternoon assembly, Keith invited everyone to the evening event. Everyone had a choice whether they wanted to come back that evening and listen. Hearing the gospel message and Inviting Jesus into our hearts was the most important life-giving, joy-producing, wisdom-receiving decision Bruce and I ever made. We continue to experience God’s love every day. It is the ultimate gift. We wanted every youth to have an opportunity to hear about it.
Those that haven’t made the decision for a daily personal relationship with Jesus Christ, don’t understand the emotion that flows when you realize what God has done for you and you choose to give your life to Him. Bruce and I were there, with other church elders, leaders and pastors from almost every Church in Ringgold County, to meet one-on-one with the youth who made this decision. We took the youth behind the screens for a bit of privacy and shared the moment with them. We ended with prayer for them and their needs. Nothing odd or negative happened. We knew this decision could be the beginning of a joy and love filled life!
We just read “Gifted Hand’s by Ben Carson M.D., renowned neuro-surgeon and last elections presidential hopeful. He wasn’t afraid to share the all-important role Jesus has in this life, even the supernatural ways Jesus helped him, protected him, guided him, and blessed him. We decided we shouldn’t either.
With love and thanksgiving for God and all mankind,
Bruce and Michell Ricker