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Issue: "Who's marching now?," Oct. 17, 1998

God is the moral authority

In "Character cuts both ways," (Sept. 19) you reported that the editor of the Indianapolis News indicated that, since Dan Burton had committed a past sin, he would have no moral authority publicly to criticize immorality or promote family values. If that were true, not one of us would be able to promote morality or family values. I think what needs to be understood is that none of us have moral authority. Moral authority does not come from government, earthly kings, elected officials, or learned men. Moral authority comes from God and his word. President Clinton is seeking public forgiveness from the American people without consequence, when he should be seeking forgiveness from God and accepting the consequences, along with the forgiveness. Dan Burton has all the moral authority he needs if he states, when he is speaking the truth about morality and character, "This is God's truth and purity, not mine." He then can speak boldly. - A. Leonard Granath, Austin, Texas

Lies and Clintonisms

Mark Twain almost had it right when he said that there were three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. If Mr. Twain had had the unfortunate experience of being a late 20th-century denizen, where the time-honored masculine traditions of chivalry, speaking the truth, and bold manhood have been turned on their heads, he might have said there are lies, damned lies, and Clintonisms. - Steven A. Costello, Lake Jackson, Texas

Fear him, then honor him

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Your essay comparing King David's reaction to scandal with President Clinton's was poignant and well written ("Psalm 32 revisited," Sept. 19). With all of the shame, scandal, and controversy generated by our current elected officials, it is easy to get sidetracked on issues of privacy, relativistic morality, and questions of truth. The bottom line: If you claim to fear God, then honor him. - Steven Williams, Colorado Springs, Colo.


Finding a bipartisan solution to what to do with Clinton seems to have few middle-of-the-road choices. Democrats think impeachment is too harsh while Republicans feel censure is a mere verbal slap on the wrist. Maybe one approach can be found from Asia, where I reside. In Asian history, for "high crimes and misdemeanors" they usually used decapitation instead of impeachment. But in times of compromise or mercy they used banishment. Banishing Mr. Clinton to a favorable spot, maybe an Irish monastery on an isolated island, has its merits. For one, after the Good Friday Peace Accords, the Irish love Clinton and Clinton loves the Irish. Combining a love affair like this with the physical discipline of a monastery might do wonders for Clinton and the Irish. At the very least their love would be platonic. Having Clinton nearby would make the Irish feel better about the Peace Accord. Having the Irish nearby provides Clinton with an adoring crowd. For America, Clinton's banishment would give us some peace, knowing we do not need a censor whenever the kids have the news on. It would give Democrats some peace, knowing that their major problem has been safely tucked away before this fall's election. But most of all, for maybe the first time in 25 years, it would give Mrs. Clinton some peace, knowing that all her husband would have near him would be moss-covered rocks and chanting males. - William A. Schmidt, Taejon, Republic of Korea

Send it to the president

Do the lives of noble people have power to influence us long after they are gone? The other day a friend (a grandfather like me) told me about his grandson, age 5 or 6, I think, who had written something. My friend told him he would send it to the president. "Oh, don't do that," the little boy objected. "The president does bad things to girls."
"Who should I send it to?"
The boy thought for a minute, then brightened: "Send it to George Washington." - Ted Simonson, Statesville, N.C.

It's history

Mr. Veith's last paragraph in "Monarchists at heart" (Sept. 19) would have been prophetic had it been written 50 years ago, but I find that now it is historical. Do we not (Americans in general) wave our caps as the celebrity aristocracy pass by? Are we not obsessed already with the lives of others, especially the famous? Don't we let them tell us how to dress, talk, and act? We demand to be entertained, and we're willing to pay for it. While we're being entertained, we're being indoctrinated by the ruling class, the entertainers. Granted, we are not all flocking to theaters or worshipping celebrities with our time and energy; many of us have left this sinking ship of idolatry. However, in order to maintain our integrity in this area, we must remember to take every intention captive to the knowledge of Christ Jesus and test the spirit of the thing and judge its worth. Otherwise, it's already history. - Eric Preloge, Phoenix, Ariz.


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