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Music Instructor and Director Mike Zachary
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Thank You, Judge
by Dr. Mike Zachary

December 7, 2016

Dear Judge Goldsmith:

As a United States citizen, I have been closely following the 2016 presidential election. I was interested to read a news headline that your opinion in Stein vs. Thomas had effectively halted the recount in Michigan.

Wanting to read the source material myself, I was able to find your opinion online. After reading it, I felt compelled to write you to express my thanks. I am not writing because I agree with your decision, though I happen to do so.

I am writing to thank you for the elegance of your logic and the clarity of your prose. I am not a legal specialist in any sense. But by reading your opinion, I was able to read past the obligatory legal citation style and understand with clarity the reasoning behind your opinion.

Because you took the time to write this decision well, as I am sure is customary for a judge of your distinction, I felt comforted as a citizen. In a time when we sometimes get the feeling that too many things are politicized, I was able to understand the rule of law in the case. For that, I am grateful, and I wanted you to know.

Respectfully,

Mike Zachary
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“And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost” (I Thessalonians 1:6).

I always marvel at how specific the language of the Bible is. When you thoughtfully consider the precise meaning of the words, great truths can be learned.

When Paul was writing to the church at Thessalonica, he complimented them (1) for being followers of “us,” meaning Paul, Silas, and Timothy, and (2) for being followers of the Lord. This two-pronged compliment has important meaning.

If the Thessalonians had only been followers of Paul, Silas, and Timothy, that would have meant that they had a cult mentality. If they had only been following men, they might believe anything that was told them, even if it was untrue.

But the Thessalonians were also following the Lord. In other words, if Paul and his companions had somehow disappointed them or taught them things that were not true, their faith in the Lord would have carried them through and kept them on the right path.

But if the Thessalonians thought they had a duty to follow the Lord but had no duty to follow the godly leaders of their church, they might have been cantankerous people, people who were hard to deal with.

The Bible beautifully demonstrates, however, that the Thessalonians were following Paul and his companions, and they were also following the Lord. The people there at Thessalonica had the appropriate balance. They would not be the kind of people who were easily duped because they were following the Lord, but they would not be the kind of people who were difficult to deal with because they were also following Paul.

In our personal lives, the one little statement and of the Lord is vital. We must always ask ourselves whether or not we are taking the steps to be followers of the Lord. Purposefully keeping the Lord in our minds saves us from great error.

Trust in the Lord with all thing heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5 – 6.

May the Lord help us to be cordial in our dealings with people here on earth as we are mindful of being followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.

by Dr. Mike Zachary
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