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Issue: "Showing the alternative," April 21, 2001

On that day

A few months before I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I read of a fitness fanatic who claimed, "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything." The prevalence of such thinking has led to the search for disease cures at all cost, even killing unborn children ("Night of the dead living," March 24). Researchers and those who hope in potential benefits from ghastly fetal-tissue experiments fail to recognize that humans are spiritual beings first, and that life is about much more than what we can or cannot do with our physical bodies. To hike and ski with my husband and children would be sweet bliss. But woe to me if I forget I'm a soul with a body attached. I will seek and support only ethical treatments for my disease and put my hope in that day when "the lame will leap like a deer." - Joan Allmendinger, Fort Collins, Colo.

Lumped in

I myself am someone's teenage daughter, but I had never heard of Abercrombie & Fitch before reading your article ("Abercrombie & porn," March 24). I was sickened by our country's fallen state and even more by the fallen state of our country's young people, but I do wish that you could have left a little slack for your Christian readers in regard to their daughters. As a Christian teen I often spend just as much time fighting other teenagers' bad reputations as I do forming my own; I was disappointed to once again find myself lumped in with the rest. - Sarah Engel, 15, Bryson City, N.C.

Degrading and dangerous

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The article on Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is disturbing, but the attitude of Christians toward these things is even more disturbing. My roommates at my Christian college have posters of half-clothed Abercrombie & Fitch models. They see them as humorous and harmless, whereas I see them as degrading and dangerous, and I seem to be in a minority. Are Christian parents and churches teaching the youth under their care about the proper expression of their God-given sexuality, or are they letting them form their own opinions based on what they see in the culture around them? - Suzanne C. Winter, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Another alternative

It was good to see the article about big teachers' unions and alternative groups ("A schoolhouse divided?" March 24). However, it was disappointing that you did not mention the Christian alternative, Christian Educators Association International, which has been serving public-school teachers since 1953 with all kinds of benefits including indemnity insurance. - Shirley Wilson, Windsor, Conn.

No mystery

Your March 24 Judgment Call, "The road to Santee," was OK but incomplete. Big sins also led to Santee. We have raised our children in a culture of death and have told them that it is OK to kill their unwanted babies. Why are we so mystified when they start to kill each other? - Bill & Sue LeStourgeon, W. Melbourne, Fla.

Surely there are enough

I was very interested in Joel Belz's "A daily newspaper?" (March 24). He pointed out a lot of reasons I hadn't thought about regarding why no one has started a Christian daily newspaper. Still, surely there are enough Christians with the faith, money, talent, even experience and uncommon sense, to accomplish such a task. - Gary Thompson, Thornton, Colo.

Life-changer

Gerald Bradley presents an exciting, excellent, and sensible plan for teaching the Bible in the public schools because the Bible, even when taught "neutrally" for its "historical and literary value" can change the lives of those who read it ("Teaching tool," March 24). We who believe the Bible is not only the greatest story ever told but also the Word of God need to pay attention to its claim: "My word will not return unto me void." - Cliff Foreman, Lookout Mtn., Ga.

Worthy of rejoicing

"Truth or consequences" in the March 24 issue reminded me that the Apostle Paul rejoiced when Christ was preached, even when some preached from "envy and strife." The children in our public schools need to hear the Word of God, and the Spirit of God will take it from there. So let's not get too upset with the idea of neutrality; the Bible is anything but neutral. We need to rejoice that someone has taken the initiative. - Martha Keller, Richmond Hts., Ohio

Staying

I must admit, I subscribed to WORLD mostly because of my frustration with other media over last year's election fiasco, and for the Ronald Reagan book offer. But now that I am here, I am staying. You have educated me, brought great discussions into my home, made me laugh, cry, explode in outrage, drop to my knees in prayer, and praise my Father. Thank you for your coverage, especially the inspiring stories of Christians in Africa holding firm under persecution, and your commitment to life. - Michelle Duker, Ottumwa, Iowa

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