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Issue: "The Dutch culture of death," May 23, 1998

God's race

John 17:22 shows Jesus praying that believers will be unified as he is unified with the Father. This unity will begin with men like Mr. Inglis and Mr. Jackson ("Rebels yell," April 25). I look forward to such a racial union. However, as a Christian saved by grace, I know it cannot be legislated into the hearts of the people by conducting political forums on the subject; it must be modeled first by Bible-believing Christians-God's chosen race. - Craig H. Whitlock, Ft. Benning, Ga.

DNC chains

It is good to see some in my party not automatically consign blacks to the chains and slavery of the Democratic National Committee. - Carl W. Spitzer IV, Newport Beach, Calif.

Don't vilify my culture

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I hope that the different races and cultural groups will be reconciled in Christ, based upon the truth. I am not alone, however, in my determination to reject any kind of false unity in which other cultures are glorified, while my culture, history, and heritage as a southern American is demonized and vilified! - J. Dale Weaver, Irmo, S.C.

Nonsense

I do not often disagree with Bob Jones IV, but his article about racial reconciliation in the April 25 issue illustrates in one sentence, even one clause, why the races have difficulty reconciling themselves. His claim that black allegiance to the Democrats "has helped the GOP to attract millions of southern, white voters" is quite a severe accusation, but it is also nonsense. - Hugh Henry, Roswell, Ga.

Database warning

Immunization databases (April 25, "A shot in the arm?") are the "foot in the door" for national patient databases? In the 1996 federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (or the Kennedy-Kassenbaum bill), Congress mandated that every patient, employer, provider, and health plan be given a unique health identifier number; that standards for electronic transmission be enacted; and that national code sets for collection of individually identifiable medical information be established. If not repealed, this will facilitate an interconnected system of state and federal health care databases on every citizen. Unknown to most citizens, state officials, with legislative authority, have been rapidly building state health care registries on everything from birth defects to hearing loss to occupational injuries-without patient consent. Parents can protect the medical privacy of future generations by asking legislators and doctors to require parent or patient consent before electronic medical records are made from paper medical records, and before health care data can be accessed, disclosed, or entered into state or federal immunization or health care registries. - Twila Brase, R.N., St. Paul, Minn.

Sovereign grace

I truly appreciate and enjoy your magazine and was recently ministered to greatly in "Soul Food" (April 25) by reminders of God's sovereignty. Margie Haack unknowingly offered God's loving reassurance to perhaps many who, like myself, have struggled after the loss of a child or perhaps are in the aftermath of a harmful accident. Thank you. - Carol Rust, West Fargo, N.D.

Look to the shepherd

I just wanted to thank Margie Haack for her wonderful article, "He rules over all." As a pastor, I often go through the same emotions for my parishioners as she describes for her children. I don't want any one of my members to get hurt by life, let alone be hurt by something I said or did. Yet God knows that they need to grow up too and I have had to reluctantly relinquish my precious flock to the one who truly cares far more for them than I ever could-the one who owns them as the Great Shepherd of the sheep. What a joy it is then to know that he is a loving, kind, generous, patient, understanding yet firm sovereign. I also thank him for being greater than my faults and mistakes. - Johann van der Bijl, Mauldin, S.C.

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