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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Exodus from Disney," Nov. 7, 1998

Surprised

Greetings in the Lord from Australia. I have a confession to make: Out of nowhere my wife and I started to receive WORLD magazine. Upon opening the envelope that contained the first issue my initial reaction was to sigh and say to my wife "not another one of these so-called Christian magazines," you know the ones that purport to be biblically based but end up supporting gay and lesbian rights or the New Age movement, or subtly pushing secular ideologies. Hesitantly, I began to skim the pages, then found to my surprise that your magazine is so encouraging and informative. I praise the Lord for your mission statement. - David & Tina Bambrick, Tasmania, Australia

Bash and bait

I thought we were signing up for a news magazine from a Christian perspective. Didn't expect to receive a Democrat-bashing, Bill Clinton-baiting political rag. - Mr. & Mrs. Joe Anderson, Bloomington, Ind.

The price is right

Marvin Olasky's editorial made me consider the cost of the countless blessings we enjoy in this country. I have been guilty of taking too much for granted. The most frightening aspect of such neglect is the risk of loss. I really look forward to each issue of WORLD. I appreciate the wit and wisdom, the appeals to reason, and the refreshment of hearing the truth. I would hate to lose your valuable perspective on current events. If the cost includes having to endure advertising that may be unappealing, it seems a trivial price. After all, anyone with enough intelligence to subscribe to WORLD certainly possesses the acumen to differentiate between editorial and advertisement. - Chuck Wood, Seneca, S.C.

Should be required

John Piper's piece, "A biblical impeachment," is the most lucid, cogent argument I've read yet on why Mr. Clinton should leave office. This gem should be must reading in the Senate and House of Representatives. - John A. Pummell, Alexandria, Va.

Legalize sex lies

Mr. Piper has summed up the biblical, moral, and social gravity of the situation very thoroughly. Assuming that the House Judiciary Committee confirms substantial evidence of perjury and other crimes, I have a suggestion for anyone in Congress who cannot vote with such a finding: Sponsor legislation that would exempt everyone, not just Mr. Clinton, from charges of perjury when their lies under oath are "just about sex." - David A. Wells, Huntington, W.Va.

Wrong passage and conclusion

Proponents of Jubilee 2000 make two mistakes in pointing to Deuteronomy 15:1-2 as biblical justification for their insistence on Third World debt relief ("Jubilee politics," Oct. 10). First, the passage relates to the sabbatical year (every seventh year), not to the Jubilee year (the year following every seventh sabbatical year). The passage on the Jubilee year is Leviticus 25, not Deuteronomy 15. Second, "cancel" is a bad translation (New International Version) of the Hebrew verb in Deuteronomy 15:1-2. The verb, shamat, means to "let drop," and it does not necessitate permanence. Its use in another sabbatical law context, Exodus 23:10-11 ("Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, but the seventh year you shall let it rest (shamat) and lie fallow....") certainly cannot support a permanent dropping (after all, the Israelites were to begin farming the land again the following year). Other uses of shamat (and its noun form, shemittah) throughout the Old Testament better support temporary than permanent dropping. The parallel with Exodus 23:10-11, therefore, supports translating Deuteronomy 15:1-2 as, "At the end of every seven years you must suspend debts. This is how it is to be done. Every creditor shall suspend the loan he has made...." Then of course there's the problem of how to apply such a command, specifically crafted for God's chosen nation under his special laws in his special land, to other nations not so privileged-not to mention the problem of applying this law for individual debts to national debts. The one-year suspension of personal debts during a sabbatical year (when no one was supposed to be working) made sense, and it was consistent with the biblical requirement that debts be repaid (Romans 13:8). - E. Calvin Beisner, Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

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