Pastor Jeff Adams
On Friday, November 14, 2008, Pastor Jeff Adams wrote in his Nisqually Valley News column:
“In recent years, the losers of elections have acted so disrespectful and dishonoring of our elected officials. If our candidate loses, we act as obstructionists – like spoiled children who throw tantrums when they don’t get their way.
May I encourage you to show character whether your candidate or his/her opponent is in office.
It’s okay to disagree on issues and even let your disagreements be known.
However, if we cannot show proper respect when doing so, we taint our cause.
We mix foolishness in and undermine the very things for which we stand.”
Pastor Adams recently crossed the line in a Facebook post he has since deleted, referencing a student in Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) as “Ramtard.”
Click here for that story.
Pastor Adams would be a fine community leader IF he truly lived his own words and teachings by example, rather than with an attitude of “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Adams set his sights on Yelm when his Lacey church was the only one selected to be in the faith-based community of the now defunct Yelm Thurston Highlands development [hmmm, why was a Lacey church selected and not a Yelm church?].
Adams’ intolerance for RSE since his arrival on-scene here in 2005 demonstrates this man’s character, regardless that many RSE students have been a fabric of this community for a quarter of a century and are business operators, employ locals, pay taxes, own property and are involved citizens. Yet, RSE was established here in 1988, a decade and a half prior to his arrival here.
Where is HIS tolerance to “love thy neighbor as thyself”, as he has previously proclaimed?
I agree with Pastor Adams, if he cannot show proper respect in disagreeing on issues, then he taints his cause. For him to continue to do so only mixes in foolishness and undermines the very things for which he stands!
As Pastor Adams well-knows, this writer hails from Kentucky where the state motto is:
“United we stand, divided we fall.”
Instead of being so divisive, Pastor Adams could be a grand asset here if he would energize to unite the community to:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:31, New International Version (2011).
To quote Pastor Adams’ newspaper column this week titled:
“Dont judge others because they might be a bit odd”
“…why not take the opportunities to get to know our neighbors a little better? Were all a little different from one another, yet we all have value.”
“You just never know. People you once thought to be odd might turn out to be pretty cool after all.”
How about following your own words, Pastor Adams?
Perhaps this is an opening he wants to visit Ramtha’s School and establish a rapport.
Therefore, in the Christian spirit, I invite Pastor Adams to visit RSE.
“You just never know.
People you once thought to be odd might turn out to be pretty cool after all.”
Perhaps Abraham Lincoln’s House Divided Speech in Springfield, Illinois June 16, 1858 can provide council to Pastor Adams to be a leader here to unify, rather than separate. Lincoln said,
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.“
Nor can a community, Pastor!
Blog writer Steve Klein is in his 28th year as a student of Ramtha’s, has been employed by JZ Knight for 10 years and resided in Yelm since 1988.