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Issue: "Charity begins at home," May 16, 1998

Do your thing

Mr. Belz, the "very thought of Christians by the thousands deliberately choosing to flee from the culture we are called here to affect" does not depress me. It encourages me that there are those who hear God's voice and are preparing themselves to weather the coming storm and be alive to rebuild a Christian civilization following the possible "meltdown" ("The Y2K opportunity," April 18). Each Christian needs to be following the leading of the Lord and doing whatever the Lord leads. Let those who feel led to prepare ahead do so without condemnation. And let those who wish to "stand firm" and trust God to provide and protect do so in all sincerity and fervency. Both groups can be walking in obedience without thumbing their noses at the other. - Bob Mahlstedt, Lakewood, Colo.

Are you prepared?

As the owner of a mainframe programming company doing Y2K Cobol conversion and compliancy, and a servant of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I must respectfully disagree with your stance in the editorial "The Y2K opportunity." As someone involved in the "trenches" fixing date fields, let me assure you the problem is worse than the doomsayers predict. I am concerned the Christian community fails to see the magnitude of the coming judgment on our gods of technology, science, wealth, and security. Woe is me if I listen to the wisdom of man about how the Lord would have me prepare for a crisis. Am I to use the information I have been given by God to protect my family? Can I minister the love of Jesus if I myself am unprepared and devastated? I will prepare and stand and proclaim Christ as King in this coming crisis. Will you be able to? - David Jeffers, Fort Worth, Texas

The church shouldn't run

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I applaud the publisher's comments on Y2K. There certainly is much being said about personal survival and safety. However, that's not what I'm hearing from the Lord. If running in times of trouble were the way of the church, Christianity never would have lasted through the first century. - Patrick J. Harkin, U.S. Navy

FICA is a tax, too

FICA and Medicare withholding should have been added to the examples you cited in your article on taxes ("New attacks on taxes," April 18). The government can no longer claim that FICA is "like saving for retirement," as it is now evident that these are transfers of wealth, just like income tax. What's more, both the employee and the employer parts of FICA need to be considered, because if that money were not being paid to the government, it could be part of my wages. When people see that over 30 percent is taken from even the lowest bracket, perhaps we will have a tax revolt. The Boston Tea Party was held for less. - Jon Hodges, Richardson, Texas

Go Reggie!

Thank you, Reggie, for your bold Christian testimony and godly example as you represented our Lord in the NFL ("Sacking liberalism," April 18). Now that you're a year closer to hanging up the cleats, are you looking for work? Green Bay will miss you, but America needs you. Reggie for President! - Roy Ferris, Middlebury, Ind.

Courage counts

Your article on Reggie White was well done. Despite the denouncements by the editors at the Appleton and Green Bay papers, hundreds of letters to the editor were three-to-one in his favor. Courage still counts. - Gary Wynveen, Appleton, Wisc.

Even better off the field

Your article, "Sacking liberalism," is inspiring. It's amazing what God can do with a Christian who is willing to serve him. Reggie White is undoubtedly a football great, but I find what he has been doing off the field to be of more interest. There is no question that Mr. White's words have struck a tender nerve in secular circles. The vast majority of society will ignore his warnings, but there will be some in the right place and time that will hear his words and turn to God. Maybe even a few liberals! My hat is off to Mr. White. - Scott Stalford, Forest Grove, Ore.

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