Handshake: It’s a start

 

The United States and Cuba haven’t had diplomatic ties since 1960. And, we still do not have normal relations after more than 50 years. Is it a bad thing to try to make those relations work after so many years, after so many presidents have occupied the White House and Communism is still the “normal” form of government in Cuba?

Jesus Christ was criticized (Luke 19: 5) for telling a tax collector: “Hurry up, Zacchaeus, because I must stay in your house today.” Zacchaeus hurried down and welcomed him with great joy. All the people who saw it started grumbling that this man has gone as a guest to the home of a “sinner.”

And President Obama shook hands with sinner and dictator Raúl Castro, and some people have said it was a disgrace.

And what about the woman who lived a sinful life and was pardoned by Jesus because “the great love she has shown proves that her many sins have been forgiven.”

If we do not try to correct a wrong, as did former President Mandela, and try to make amends, when the heck is this more than 50 years of Cuban Communism going to end? If we do not try, who is going to do it for us?

Carmelo Jose Cabarcas, Hialeah

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