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Issue: "Year in Review 1998," Dec. 26, 1998

Repudiate it

I received the same mailing that Joel Belz talked about in his column "Analyzing the salt" (Nov. 28). After reading enough of it to see that they were trying to maintain the illusion that the mailing was really something more than it was, I threw it in the trash. I later regretted this decision because I felt that I should have saved the address so I could let the sender know how disappointed I was. I don't want to be lied to by the people who would lead me. I don't care if the lie is about sex. I don't care if the lie is about how much you spent sending me a request for money. I don't care if the lie gets you good results. I don't care if the lie is so bad that anyone with any intelligence can see through it. I especially don't want to be lied to by people that claim they are speaking for God. The sad thing is, I really wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt, believing it had been slipped by them by some consultant. Now I can't support their worthy aims until I see this piece of deceptive propaganda repudiated. - David Epp, Sayre, Okla.

Vote and they'll go away

When I saw the phony express letter in your magazine's latest issue, I was curious-I had received these packages myself. You were right on target with your analysis. When I see these tactics, I always think, "Why do these leaders spend lots of money to make sure I do my civic duty and vote for the best candidate?" If there were enough of us who not only voted, but voted for the candidate that most closely followed God's rule book (yes, even some Democrats), all these Christian special-interest groups could shut down for good. - George Rank, Columbus, Miss.

Sacrificing integrity

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Thank you so much for publicly questioning the highly deceitful fundraising appeals from conservative Christian organizations that are made to look like Federal Express and Express Mail packages but are actually just bulk-mail pieces. Although I have written personally (and received no response), it seemed that no Christian in public was going to expose this deception. And then they rail against the president's deceptions! Christians should never sacrifice integrity and morality at the altar of expediency or results. - Neal Laybourne, Barre, Vt.

Stinky mail

I, unfortunately, also received fake FedEx envelopes before the election from "Christian" organizations. I am glad that I wasn't the only one who thought this stunk. I immediately wrote the organization complaining of how dishonest I thought this was. I hope your commentary might convince them also. - Mark Borzillo, Hermann, Mo.

I'm not dumb

I was happy to read Joel Belz's thoughts about those fake Federal Express and Express Mail envelopes that some Christian organizations use to send their requests for donations. That has also bothered me for a long time and my reaction has always been the same. If they think that I'm dumb enough to believe this bulk-mail piece is an urgent overnight package, then I'm not sending them anything. It's dishonest and an insult to my intelligence. - Matthew Chandler, Manassas, Va.

Remove me

Ouch! Some of what you said in "Analyzing the salt" hurt because it hit home. It's time to change some habits. My mailbox was also cluttered with deceitful mailers this election year and many of them from Christian organizations I considered respectful. However, I did reply to each one-with the message to remove my name from their mailing lists. - Emil Roberts, Las Vegas, Nev.

Lies are lies

The bogus mail coming from noted Christian organizations that is dressed to look like overnight mail or priority mail is disturbing. I throw such items out without looking at them. Anything that purports to be something that it is not is a lie and a sham, and does not deserve to have the word Christian associated with it. My pastor frequently says that there is no such thing as a half-truth. A half-truth is a full-blown lie, because the intent is to deceive. That is the intent of such false and misleading mailings, and it pains me to think that some people believe our Lord and Savior needs this kind of assistance to get his mission accomplished. Christians are called to be different from the world. Using such worldly techniques is absolutely wrong because lying is never in God's will. - Bill Luebkemann, Marlton, N.J.

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