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Issue: "Year in Review 2001," Dec. 29, 2001

Truth above peace

At last someone speaks up for Franklin Graham ("Hurrah for Franklin Graham," Dec. 1). Of course, we must love Muslims in our midst, and try to convert them to faith in Jesus. At least when we try to convert Muslims here, we are not persecuted, tortured, and killed, as has been done to our Christian brothers in other countries. Shame on those churches that are just trying to keep peace. It reminds me of Neville Chamberlain, prime minister of Great Britain, just before World War II trying to keep "peace at any price," and the great price the world paid for that. - Gwen Rice Clark, Kettering, Ohio

None other

I greatly appreciated Marvin Olasky's defense of Franklin Graham's statements regarding Christianity and Islam. True peace and understanding cannot be achieved when truth itself is compromised. Truth begins by recognizing who God is, and who He is not. I am amazed at the many Christian ministers who are willing to play down the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ, as they eliminate His holy name from public prayer lest they offend those of another faith. There simply is no other Savior from sin. - H. Leverne Rosenberger, Uxbridge, Mass.

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I agree wholeheartedly with Marvin Olasky and Mr. Graham. The God of Islam is not the same God I worship, the Lord God Jehovah, who is a triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In this time of religious liberalism, we must be "instant in season and out of season" with the truth. - Bobby W. Holt, El Paso, Texas

Cornered

Reflecting on Gene Edward Veith's excellent contrast of Islam and Christianity, I wince to acknowledge where those freedoms have taken us ("Freedom vs. legalism," Dec. 1). How evil can it be to cherish a society where purity and piety are the model, rather than to crave personal freedom when the result has inverted right to wrong? My Islamic friends have me cornered on that point. - Lane Walker, St. Louis, Mo.

Real change

Thank you for "Freedom vs. legalism." It never ceases to amaze me how our nature as humans is to desire a life of ease and luxury, with everything handed over on a silver platter, except when it comes to the salvation of our souls. Then, the mentality shifts from refusing the free gift to attempting to earn it by hard effort. Your column clearly presents this dichotomy and displays the difference between Christianity and Islam, the former providing free salvation and the latter demanding adherence to rules. The fact that the Afghans changed their outward appearance and behavior immediately after the demise of the rules-imposing Taliban shows how only Jesus can perform this miracle of true and lasting transformation, while Satan, the master deceiver, can only force a superficial and short-term change. - Sheri Klopfenstein, Bluffton, Ind.

Who's the man?

Thank you for Andree Seu's take on King Saul ("Cobelligerents," Dec. 1). I can't say I agree, but she has tweaked me beyond the Sunday school stereotype. If manliness is to boldly take things in hand, then Saul's the man. But if manliness is to wait on God before acting with boldness, then David is the man to emulate. Saul had no sense of God's timing. However, I fully agree with her take on cobelligerents. In fact, we should be evangelizing our cobelligerents even now as we rub shoulders with them. When I hear the call, "God bless America," I think of Acts 3:26 and add that God sent Jesus "first to bless you by turning everyone of you from your wicked ways." - Jay Hood, Philadelphia, Pa.

Real men

It was just wonderful to see a real man-an American warrior-on the front cover of WORLD instead of some leftist intellectual that we find so often on the front of other periodicals ("No time to celebrate," Dec. 1). - Hadley Robinson, El Paso, Texas

Hardly boring

Why is everyone so "Wild about Harry" (Dec. 1)? I recall WORLD's 1999 review of the book ("More clay than potter," Oct. 30). Now that we have read the books and seen the film, I still beg to differ with your assessment, particularly that it's "bad by virtue of putting a smiling face on witchcraft, and [establishing] a world without solid and steadfast rules where nothing is as it appears." We're rather taken aback by all the fuss. Harry Potter is a fantasy story set in a fantasy world. It is entertaining, creative, well-paced and carefully thought out-hardly "boring." Ultimately, Harry finds his greatest powers deriving from the knowledge of his mother's sacrificial love for him; she died so that he could live. How's that for a Christian metaphor? - Judy Glass, Elkins Park, Pa.

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