Uplifting sight

Our school the other day witnessed an uplifting sight I want to share. We had the Baylor Air Force ROTC Cadets come out to do a flag program for our students and staff. These young cadets helped me realize that our nation is still filled with many good souls.

The cadets talked with pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students about respecting the American flag and how to fold a flag. Several even sang patriotic songs with the younger group. They concluded the program with a flag ceremony at our flagpole. I was proud to be an American at that moment, watching the cadets carefully folding the flags and our students standing tall as the future of our fine country.

Thank you again for helping me to remember that our country is the best in the world.

Connie Ehlers, Hallsburg Elementary School, Waco

America’s Team

As long as I can remember, the Dallas Cowboys have been America’s Team. As a fan and an American, that meant respecting the flag and showing honor to the anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” When the nation’s anthem was played and sung, we stood with right hand over heart.

Think of how great it would be to have the team stand on the sidelines and demonstrate such tribute — and with coaches, trainers and all others involved right behind them. And to impress the fans, the Dallas Cowboys should look the part with neatly cut hair and facial hair neat. And wouldn’t it be great if the Cowboys lived their private lives with no bad publicity?

Fans should let them know their strong feelings on this.

F.L. Smith, Valley Mills

Spiritual illness

Scholar Elizabeth Lewis’ Nov. 15 Texas Perspectives column, “Mental illness becoming scapegoat for mass shootings,” was excellent. In my estimation, mass shooters suffer from spiritual illness, not mental illness. People grow up today with God and the Bible kicked out of society. Thus their spiritual life does not receive the insights of love, peace and kindness.

A person might have a physical illness, mental illness (such as anxiety or depression) and/or a spiritual illness. But let’s be fair and not call someone suffering from a spiritual illness “mentally ill.”

Of course, someone may suffer from all three. But we can expect more crime from spiritual illness than physical or mental illness. We feed our physical body for physical health, but we aren’t nourishing our spiritual life for spiritual health. Without God and the Bible in our daily lives, society will continue to see increased violence and danger to us and our loved ones. Spiritual disease may include self-centeredness, pride versus humility, cheating, stealing, taking instead of giving, wealth versus kindness, murder, etc.

We have spiritual illness from not feeding biblical truths into our lives.

Douglas Elbert, Woodway