Letter to the Editor: The Battle of Barbourville is upon us

“Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.” (Prov. 25:28) In the book of Nehemiah the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and the enemies of the Jews were raiding at will its inhabitants. Nehemiah rallied the people and they rebuilt the wall around the city and brought safety to its inhabitants in an astonishing 52 days. The secret to such a success was that God blessed the project and each family that lived on the wall built their section. I am certain they wanted their homes and city to be the strongest possible and they spared no energy or available materials to make their section more than just strong.

The wet/dry vote was cleverly set for the holiday times; maybe with the hopes of poor weather and with the knowledge that a pastor’s time would be very limited. This is the busiest time of the year for a pastor and his church people. He and they would be hard pressed to have time to fight this liquor battle. What such a dilemma does is create a keen responsibility for every family to shore up their concern for the “city walls” by not depending on their pastor’s battle plans. Each family must see that the battle is very dependent upon their individual faithfulness to “man the flood walls beside their homes.” Each vote is critical and each voter in the city will be responsible for the future of our homes, streets, festivals, workers, and blessings on our place. We may have to brave bad weather and contrary opinions but the future of our way of life is at stake and we must see that “I have a stake in it!”

We need to give Barbourville and our surrounding county a real Christmas present this year and turn back a clear and present danger to our community by voting NO ALCOHOL on Tuesday the 29th.

Leonard Lester