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Issue: "Drawing the Line," Feb. 22, 1997

Enlightening, encouraging

I found Marvin Olasky's essay about Booker T. Washington (Feb. 1) very enlightening and encouraging to my faith. Praise God for the work he has done in the hearts of men down through the ages. I was also very saddened by the article about Little Sisters ministry (Feb. 8). Thanks to Roy Maynard for having the courage to write about the subject. - Steve Lunsford, Manassas, Va.

Life happens

I found William H. Smith's voyeuristic ponderosity regarding the Carville/Matalin marriage bed and the sensitive issue of believer/nonbeliever marriages appalling (&quotStrange bedfellows," Feb. 8). Mr. Smith failed to include the Scriptures about sanctification through one's believing spouse (1 Cor. 7:12-17). My parents were believer/ nonbeliever, political-party opposites, and very much in love. I am approaching my 16th wedding anniversary, married to a wonderful Christian woman. Our three children are growing up in the Lord, and yes, I will be advising them to marry fellow believers. But like it or not Mr. Smith, life happens and it's something that our ax-grinding, partisan, Christian rhetoric won't ever change. I'll be adding Carville and Matalin to my prayer list and I suggest you do the same. - Ben Pearson, Nashville, Tenn.

Was he called?

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n &quotSilence of the shepherds III" (Feb. 8), I was reminded of Ezekiel 3:26: &quotAnd I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house" (KJV). Perhaps God had not led Mr. Campolo to rebuke, warn, or call to repentance the present administration. Maybe, maybe not. It is all too easy to spot the shortcomings of others. It is difficult to resist the sins of condemnation, judgment, disrespect, and criticism. But resist we must, by calling on God, in prayer, for strength and wisdom. We should be praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Praying, encouraging, exhortation, and yes, rebuking. - Steven Lewis Painter, Kennesaw, Ga.

Yes, he was called

I appreciated your piece on Tony Campolo. It is precisely because of Christians' silence that America is in the trouble she is. Calling Mr. Campolo back to the biblical standard of being the light of the world--at all cost--is exemplary. - Greg Lincoln, Kuna, Idaho

A red flag

What was the point of devoting the entire movie review section of your Feb. 1 edition to a single movie, The People vs. Larry Flynt? I can readily understand how providing movie reviews supports your stated mission. But is this latest effort from Oliver Stone really worth the singular attention you give it simply because, as the reviewer stated, &quotit is receiving rave reviews and awards from liberal critics and movie industry stalwarts"? Speaking for myself, praise from those sources is an automatic red flag of warning in itself. - Dan Beaty, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

The profits are ours

In response to Mr. Clinton's renting out the Lincoln Bedroom (Week in Review, Feb. 1): The American people own the White House. The people loan the use of the house to the current president for the extent of his term. Many would prefer he practice some discretion, but he can have whomever he wants as a guest. But it's different when he charges for this privilege. Although I know of no laws prohibiting the use of the White House as a motel, the profits it generates belong to the American people, not the current president or his political party. - D. Touten, Baton Rouge La.

In everything give thanks

After reading the editorial about America Online and the U.S. Postal Service (&quotWho will deliver us?", Feb. 8), I thought, we are so spoiled by modern conveniences that one shadow of hardship turns our gratitude cold. I thought the Bible said, &quotIn everything give thanks." Yes, AOL messed up. Yes, the mail comes late. But what does either matter in the light of eternity? God is in control, right? Let's leave negativism to the liberals. We have too much to be positive about. - Adam Blumer, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Wrong and hurtful

If my subscription had not been a gift, I would have canceled it after reading your book review (&quotWeary of well meaning," Feb. 1). There are many good reasons to send your children to public school. I assure you they are full of Christians who are not indoctrinating or miseducating our students; we love them! Your review was hurtful to Christians who labor in the public schools. - Carol Crittenden, Dallas, Texas


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