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Issue: "Clinton: Under seige," Feb. 6, 1998

Fresh air

Steve Camp's call for reformation in the contemporary Christian music industry is a breath of fresh air. As parents, we have seen how profoundly CCM has affected our older children, for good and for bad. A brief review of the many groups holding themselves out as Christian bands reminds us of what Keith Green said prophetically more than 15 years ago-many of them wouldn't be in the "business" if there were no money to be made there. When making money becomes the reason rather than the result of such ministry, compromise is not far behind. Steve Camp's call is to honor God and the doctrinal truths of his Word, by making music that ministers powerfully both in sound and lyrics. - Eric and Nancy Norwood, Marietta, Ga.

Using God's name in vain

Your article "Earthen vessels" (Jan. 10) did an excellent job of calling into question the motivation of many of the CCM artists. Some Christians are so anxious to accept anything, as long as it has "Christian" branded somewhere on it. But there are several who realize that these artists are doing nothing more than using God's name in vain. If Christians are going to be taken seriously, we probably should do a little housecleaning in our world of music. - Dan C. Gallo, Highlandville, Mo.

Indoctrination

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I appreciated your article on the day-care crisis. I am a family child-care provider on a military installation and have been interested in the issue for quite a while.You state: "But Mr. Blankenhorn and others have not yet asked the question: What will that subsidized training for day-care workers look like? Will it be a shorter version of the indoctrination that many public-school teachers receive?" The answer, based on my experience with government-subsidized care in the Army, is yes. We are required to go through one week of training classes, then complete 13 modules of training within 18 months. Although much of it is helpful, it is laced with political correctness. Although not government employees, we are required to conform to more than a dozen pages of fine-printed government regulations, covering everything from when and how much to feed children, to dictating which activities are appropriate, and how often they are to be done. - Tammie Pittsley, pittsley@juno.com

Bad hair day?

The day-care cover (Jan. 10) was out of line and terribly disrespectful. Although I disagree with the First Lady's policies, she is a human being, and to use that particularly bad photograph with "DayScare" splashed on the cover displayed very bad judgment on your part. - Matthew J. Waters, mwaters@thelukensco.com

Family mag?

Why do you continue to print photos of those disgusting Clintons? You even put Jezebel's photo on the cover! Gag! World is supposed to be a family magazine. - Michael Brown, Tulsa, Okla.

For God, not mammon

I want to clarify something in the WWJD bracelet story (Jan. 10). The Lesco corporation has never produced the bracelets for "a quick buck." We give God the glory for the success of the WWJD bracelets and pray every day that his name be glorified and not ours. - Mike Freestone, mfreestone@novagate.com

Bracelets don't save

While I agree that the "What would Jesus do?" merchandising blitz has done some good as an eye-catching conversation starter, I disagree with Mr. Freestone's opinion that the WWJD bracelets given out at Michael Adamson's funeral played a very big part in the salvation of 250 people. What moved them to Jesus is more likely seeing how one faithful Christian lived his life rather than seeing a bracelet that he had worn on his wrist. Actions speak louder than words, or any bracelet, T-shirt, hat, or bumper sticker that was ever mass produced. - Jenni Sergeant (17), Lawrence, Kan.

Doing the opposite

I'm writing about your recent article on the WWJD bracelets (Jan. 10). When I first heard about them, I considered buying one. But I found them in a store at the mall, next to the various bodyrings. That, along with seeing one on the wrist of a very perverse, corrupted person at school made me decide it would not help my witnessing to the world any. Although the idea was a good one, it has been totally corrupted. I think it shows us what a world we live in, when people wear a "What would Jesus do?" bracelet, and proceed to do the opposite. - Rachel C. Skiff, rach320@juno.com

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