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Readers speak out on Sunday wine sales

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Editor’s Note:
A story announcing the plans for Horseshoe Bend Winery to expand its business hours and offer Sunday wine sales and tasting was published in the March 16, 2011, issue of The Springfield Sun. The Washington County Fiscal Court voted to approve the proposed ordinance on Friday, March 25, 2011. In the March 30, 2011, issue of The Sun, it was announced that the fiscal court had approved the measure and conducted the first reading of the ordinance.

Dear Editor,
I would like to express my opinion as a minister, concerning the sale of wine on Sundays from 1-10 p.m.
We have so many problems already caused by alcohol, not to mention how many of our very own youth have died due to drinking or being killed by a drunk driver. It is my prayer that many other ministers, leaders, teachers and parents will contact their magistrates and Judge Settles to protest before the second reading which happens on April 11.
Sadly, the first reading got passed before the public was even aware of this issue. Many of the pastors I have spoken to were not aware Sunday sale of wine was an issue coming up to be discussed.
I sincerely appreciate and admire the two magistrates who voted against Sunday sale of wine. Washington County does not need this. Unless you have lost a child or loved one, or you have preached a funeral and stood beside that casket and watched a family tearfully say their last good byes, you’ll never realize how this decision should not be taken lightly. This decision should be made after a lot of thought and many prayers.
Please let your opposition be known before it is too late.
We have so much more to look forward to, like our Easter Day, April 24. Easter is the celebration that Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, arose from the grave and is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us today.
Many verses in the Bible tell us to beware of wine. Proverbs Chapter 20:1 says Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Other verses in the King James version of the Bible: Ephesians 5:18/1st Cor. 6:10/Roman 13:13/Galatian 5:21.

Respectfully,
Rev. Bobby Chesser


Dear Editor,
Concerning the sale of wine on Sunday.
First,  when anything that causes people to fall into bad behavior is made more easily available, it will make it easier for the man in a weak moment to succumb to the temptation.  For example, the Internet is a wonderful tool for all of us to get information at the time we need it.  But since the Internet has arrived, the problem of pornography among all ages has skyrocketed.  I don’t know the answer to that.
But I do know that making pornography more easily accessible has helped destroy the integrity and holiness of many men and women.  This is my main argument against allowing sales of wine on Sundays.  Making it less available does make a difference!  
During the days leading up to prohibition, a town drunk proclaimed that he would vote for prohibition.  Someone laughed,  “But if there was a bottle of whiskey on top of the flagpole, you’d risk your life and climb the flagpole to get it.”  
“Yes”, the alcoholic replied,  “But if it wasn’t there, I wouldn’t climb the flagpole.”  
We need more constraint, not less.
Secondly,  I miss the day when God was first on Sunday.  This is just another step toward taking people’s minds and hearts away from the holiness of this day.  Everyone needs a day that is different from all others,  a day when we can rest and worship our God without all the extra distractions. Historically, Sunday has been that day.
Thirdly, is it really fair to allow some to sell wine on Sundays while others can’t?  If the truth were known, many of the alcohol establishments want that one day when they can take a break and not have to compete in alcohol sales.
As for me and my house, we are going to serve the Lord every day of the week and tell others about him.  That comes first.  But we also want to be salt, a preserver of all that is good in our culture.  I hope that you do, too.
Please let your magistrate know how you feel about this issue.

Greg Bowen
Pastor
Willisburg Christian Church