I could hardly believe my eyes or control my goosebumps when I read your article "Pray for the president" (Feb. 21). In our prayer group a week earlier, the Holy Spirit had convicted me of the need to pray for President Clinton instead of criticizing and judging him. We prayed specifically that those godly men whom he considers his counselors would speak as Nathan did to King David. We prayed that he would fall on his knees in repentance for his sin, and that he would repent publicly. The similarity of our prayers to your article proves to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that our God is convicting Christians to pray for our president. - Ann Merlino, Holland, Mich.
Pray for the prez
I have observed over the years an increasing tendency of Christians to condemn those in leadership whose values and actions are inconsistent with ours, whereas Scripture admonishes us first and foremost to pray for them. If Christians won't take the time to earnestly pray for Bill Clinton, we have no business criticizing him. - John Meader, MainMeader@aol.com
The price of service
It was a pleasant surprise for me to see our fellow missionaries on the cover of your magazine ("Is daddy coming home?" Feb. 21). I have often wondered why nothing more was being done. My young son has been so concerned about their plight that he declared that if he became a missionary he would not get married so that his family would not suffer when he was kidnapped. Their suffering is a reminder that our task in the world will only be accomplished with much sacrifice, but their sacrifice does not have to be at the whim of the enemy. - Mark Wittig, Medellin, Colombia
I would encourage every WORLD reader to re-read "A postmodern scandal" (Feb. 21). It is perhaps the finest one-page critique of postmodern thought ever printed. Mastery of the ideas in that article will equip those of us who believe in transcendent truth to remain clear and focused in this age of double-speak and fluid meaning. - Joe Edwards, JoeEdwrds@aol.com
Too proud to beg
I agree with much of your analysis of The Apostle (Feb. 21), but I think that you missed part of the message. By being too proud and self-righteous to acknowledge his own sin, the Apostle EF showed that we do not escape sin's consequences, even though we may be serving God's evangelistic cause, and that the Holy Spirit gives us opportunities to repent before closing off the escapes. Apostle EF was given many such chances but continued to go his own way, apparently seeing himself above God's law. The film was troubling but contained much honesty and truth. - Frank Clifton, Bellevue, Wash.
Slow growth or no growth
In his review of The Apostle, Marvin Olasky wrote, "Because there's no understanding of true change in the movie, the characters lack depth, and the film, sadly, ends up as a cartoon." I disagree. Where Mr. Olasky did not see change, I saw evidence of Sonny's repentance and spiritual growth. In the real-life pastorate, we don't always see the kind of growth we long for; we have to be content with the exceedingly fine grinding of God's work of sanctification. - Barry Darnell, Madison, Miss.
The body of evidence
Joel Belz's "The propaganda rolls on" (Feb. 21) errs in a number of ways. Ecologists have developed and refined species interaction theories of competition and predation for much of this century. Unlike evolution, ecological interactions are readily observable and supporting data are available. The pyramid is a plausible description of that ecosystem, based on knowledge of the organisms involved, and no more. Why can't Christians affirm the use of biological science to help guide good stewardship of God's creation? - V. H. Menuge, Sheboygan, Wis.