I Believe

A policy of separation of church and state is totally different from separation of God and state. God is on our side as long as we are on His side and hold fast to His clearly revealed Word. God’s attitude towards individuals is determined by their love of truth rather than knowledge of the truth. Greed is a human weakness present in all societies. Helping those who refuse to work only makes matters worse. If people were angels, no government would be necessary.

Indeed, there is much in the world about which to “greatly rejoice.” It does not come naturally to seek, obey, and then teach others the words of God as found in Scripture. Lies (darkness) oppose the revelation of truths (light). Loving God produces obedience, which in turn brings joy in that obedience. Most of us can do no great things—only small things with great love. Most people view others as self-centered or God-centered.

People are much more inclined to embrace “the spirit of the world” than “the spirit of God.” People often focus on God’s “prohibitions” (negative) rather than His “provisions” (positive). People usually do what they do to survive and are unlikely to expend extra effort when it is necessary. Run away from untested and deceitful desires.

There are guaranteed negative consequences for shirking one’s responsibilities. Try treating everyone (spouse included) as if he or she is your “customer.” When people acquire knowledge, they become the ultimate beneficiaries. When the political party becomes more important than the “principle,” the whole country suffers.

Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?

Daniel Taddeo

Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.

Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:30 AM, 08.02.2017