Letters for Wednesday, December 24, 2014

• Is there room for him in your heart? • Foot bridge might be answer for stranded hikers

Is there room for him in your heart?

“Unto you is born this day … a savior which is Christ the Lord.” 

The babe born is the creator, “son of God, God manifest in the flesh.” 

“Christ  Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” freely offering forgiveness and everlasting life to whosoever “believeth in him.” 

Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room at the inn. 

Today, America’s “inns” (government, courts, politics, media, free speech, schools, workplaces, families, even churches) overflow with love of money, pleasures, wickedness, lies, and “busy-ness” 

There is still no room for Christ. The Wise Men journeyed far, following “his star,” to find and worship the new-born King (Matthew 2:1-11). 

Today, the Bible is the shining star that directs men to Jesus Christ. “Now is the day of salvation” found in Christ alone (2 Corinthians 6:2; Acts 4:10-12). Yet, millions of Bibles sit closed. Just as “all Jerusalem,” including the religious leaders, refused to travel with the Wise Men six miles to Bethlehem to find Christ, few seek him today.

On that “great day of his wrath,” Christ will return as king and judge — not a babe. Those who have rejected salvation through his blood, will call for mountains to fall on them and hide them from “the wrath of the lamb” (Romans 5:9; Revelation 6:12-17).

Are you wise? 

Do you seek the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior and king? This day, is there room for him in your heart?

Michael Ellis, Belton, Texas

Foot bridge might be answer for stranded hikers

In the past, I’ve been pretty vocal about hikers and tourists who get themselves into often avoidable situations, either because of their own ignorance or (occasional) stupidity. In the case of the recent stranding of hikers on the west side of Hanakapiai Stream, it was no one’s fault, per se, but simply a result of bad weather. The good news is that the hikers showed restraint, as well as good judgment, in not attempting to cross the swollen stream. No one was injured and no rescue was needed.

This raises the question as to whether a foot bridge should be constructed over Hanakapiai. I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, it would make it safer and afford people easier access to Hanakapiai beach without the risk of a twisted ankle, or worse. But on the other hand, it would encourage people, who probably shouldn’t even be there in the first place, to go farther than they otherwise would.

I have hiked all over the U.S. and the majority of the trails are well-maintained and have bridges of one sort or another over streams and gullies. But the Kalalau Trail is unique in that it is considerably more dangerous. And it gets more dangerous the farther you go. So the potential for accidents is quite a bit higher than a typical mountain trail and for that reason alone only the clear-headed and well-prepared hiker should attempt it.

Not having a bridge certainly won’t stop the adrenaline junky but it might deter a few of the others, who would be far better off turning around and going back to Kee Beach. After all, as a wise man once told me, “Man’s got to know his limitations.”

Steven McMacken, Lihue

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