This past January I spoke before this Board in defense of the Hagar Park sign with the text from God's holy word.  As I stated then, the larger issue is whether we as a people not only individually but also corporately will honor and follow the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as directed in the Bible.  The Bible is clear on this topic, as evidenced in the following scriptural texts as well as many others:

Psalm 2:10-12 : “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little."

Psalm 33:12 : "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD."

Psalm 22: 27-28 : "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.  For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations."

Romans 13:4  : "…if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

Revelation 11:15 : "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."

For this reason I and others ask the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners to adopt the following resolution:

"We acknowledge Jesus Christ as Supreme Lord and King of the earth, and therefore also of this county.  We seek by God's grace to follow Him in accordance with Biblical principles."

The wording of this resolution has been suggested and endorsed by the consistory of the Covell Avenue Netherlands Reformed Church. 

Without taking such a stand, I fear how far we are likely to fall, becoming a modern day version of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Indeed, the issue of sodomy and so called "gay marriage", which is a counterfeit according to the Bible, is very much upon us.  Will we stand with Jesus Christ and Biblical principles individually and as a County, or will we cave into the rebellion against God which has come to characterize our nation, with all of its ill consequences?  Neutrality with respect to Jesus Christ and His word is a myth, whether for an individual or a civil government.  We are duty bound to honor the Lord Jesus Christ and uphold Biblical moral principles as summarized in the Ten Commandments.

It is my prayer, along with the prayer of other Christians in this County, that we might as a people repent and return to the paths of our Pilgrim and Puritan forefathers.

Thank you for your consideration of this petition.