Recently, I read a letter called "What the hell?" (John A. Murphy, Gazette, Aug. 11). It spoke of re-establishment of Christian values in our society.
The Christian beliefs are why I relocated to Oklahoma in the first place. When I first arrived in the Tulsa area, I was not adjusting well to the tragic death of my spouse, and I used substances instead of seeking the psychological help I should have. I wasted a promising medical career in the process.
Nevertheless, through the help Veterans Affairs and a place called Red Rock, my life is back on track, I finished school to enhance my medical career and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. The Oklahoma Medical Board assured me that I could re-establish my medical career once I met certain guidelines.
However, the people of this "Christian" state are not the Christians they claim to be, not when they continue to hold a person's past transgressions against them. It doesn't matter that the person has done nothing against society today: All this society can see is the person's past.
So how can we re-establish Christian value in our society? When one of the important principles isn't being followed? Forgiveness! God says in the Old Testament that your sins are cast into the depths of the ocean never to be seen again. In Jeremiah 31:34, "our sins are no longer remembered" In Psalms 103:12, as far as the east is from the west, our transgressions are removed.
How can this society re-establish Christian values when it does not follow the principles of the God they claim to worship (i.e.: forgiveness)? People do change; it's time society did also.