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Issue: "The politics of grace," April 25, 1998

Moody blues

I am saddened by Moody Bible Institute's refusal to carry Dr. Dobson's program featuring Adrian Rogers's sermon on immorality in government ("Slick meets Mrs. Willey," March 28) because of its tone ("deriding, ridiculing or attacking a government leader or those of the opposite opinion"). What would MBI have done with a John the Baptist sermon or one from Jeremiah? John called the Pharisees and Sadducees a "brood of vipers." Jeremiah called the false prophets adulterers. Why are we all afraid to call evil and hypocrisy what they are? Saying nothing (or whitewashing it) is viewed by Christians and non-Christians as condoning the activity. If religious leaders do not have the courage to speak out, who will? - Patti Prieb, Charlotte, N.C.

Wombs shut up

We have been contributors to World Vision for many years and were shocked to read that it is their policy to dispense contraceptives, even those considered to be abortifacients ("Who's calling the tune," March 28). Of course, this is never mentioned in their general reports to contributors; if it were, they would have to write something like this: "The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the wombs are shut up...." - Gretchen McPherson, Rohnert Park, Calif.

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World Relief would like to assure the readership of WORLD that it has always supported, and will continue to support, the stance against abortion taken by its parent organization, the National Association of Evangelicals. World Relief opposes the use of abortion or any "post-conception interventions" for the purpose of family planning. We support family-planning efforts as an effective way to reduce maternal mortality and to improve the health and well-being of children. We do not support the use of U.S. government funds to support abortion or to support international humanitarian organizations who also perform or advocate the use of abortions. - Linda J. Keys, World Relief, Wheaton, Ill.

Biblical reminder

I deeply appreciated "Pray for conviction" (March 28). I needed the biblical reminder of my responsibility to pray for President Clinton and his spiritual needs. Thank you! - Rev. Frank R. Beaty, Burlington, Iowa

Hillary and Jane

When I saw that Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jane Fonda were sponsoring a program on CNN ("Fonda's fantasy," March 28), I almost lost my lunch. Hillary Rodham Clinton typifies the kind of woman I admire least; Jane Fonda went to Hanoi and consorted with the enemy. They are trying to snow a new generation of young women. I pray that the churches will not lose this opportunity to counteract this nonsense by reaffirming what they stand for and what Christian women should be doing. - Bette Andrews Noble, Victoria, Texas

Send it no more

I wish to inform you of the reason I will not be renewing my subscription to WORLD: my indignation at the sensationalized and ignorant handling of the NIV "controversy." - Terry A. Douglas, Johnstown, Pa.

For the whole family

I thought you might like to know that my 17-year-old son and my 15-year-old daughter, both homeschooled, are completely captured by your lively presentation. They read every issue with avid interest. Even my 12-year-old son, the anti-reader, sometimes picks it up, and my 8-year-old daughter, who reads voraciously, has to be held back from some issues describing the rougher realities. We have many good discussions that you start. Keep up the good work! - Mike Rozmus, via the Internet

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