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Issue: "Reaping the whirlwind," July 20, 2002

Honoring traitors

Thank you to Joel Belz for straightening out our metaphors ("Shooting the 'wounded,'" June 15). I too have tired of hearing the accusation that "the church is the only army that shoots its wounded." It would be more accurate, I believe, to say that the church is the only army that honors its traitors and deserters. There are several examples of men who have failed morally yet remain in ministry. They and the church would be better served by humble, sorrowful, and restorative church discipline. - Richard Guisinger, Tucson, Ariz.

I commend Mr. Belz's stand on church discipline. This year I received discipline from our church leadership (sexual impurity was not the issue here-the tongue is a raging fire). A gentle, private rebuke did not restore me to fellowship and we left the church. Word of my complaints got back to our pastor and he, after much prayer, publicly rebuked me in an open letter. I was mortified and angry for a long time, but eventually confessed my sin to the Lord and apologized to my pastor. We have also returned to our church. I have since gone back and reread the letter of rebuke, and see in it the love and the Father heart of God. - Susan H. Price, Ocklawaha, Fla.

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I wonder how many happily married men felt that Mr. Olasky was telling the world our little secret ("Marriage month," June 8). It was not our careful planning or good judgment that got us through our "hormonal" years but the protective hand of our loving Father. If not for His intervention and introduction of my wife into my life, I too would be among the saddest of men. The blessings of a Christ-centered marriage are beyond worldly measure. I hope I have passed that wisdom on to my children. - Rob Leiendecker, Northville, Mich.

It was disheartening to read about the pro-family groups who oppose the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment ("The marriage amendment: For better or for worse?" June 8). The Christian right has significant political clout but too often holds back from putting it to use because of a misplaced disdain for political compromise. If "words are wax," as Mr. Connor suggests, why does he try to do anything legislative? I believe that a constitutional amendment would almost surely be an impediment in the way of the other side and a benefit for ours. - Sam Dargan, Florence, S.C.

Bitterly amusing

For a Dopey Award, honoring America's miseducators, I nominate the people of the Harrisburg (Pa.) Area Community College, who are fawning over newly elected student body president Alberta Hamm, a 61-year-old transsexual ("Dopey awards," June 1). As an alumni of HACC, I found the gushing story about Mr. Hamm in the local newspaper bitterly amusing. - Paul Hair, Dillsburg, Pa.

Moral fences

As a product of a broken home in the 1960s, I am well aware of what the lack of a father in the home does to a young man ("Welfare gifts," June 15). The absence of a male presence in my home allowed me to run roughshod over my mother. Occasionally she would "rise up" (that's hard when you're only 5'2") and discipline me, but it went in one ear and out the other. I became an angry and sometimes violent young man. Thankfully, God provided a high-school teacher who took me under his wing, set up some moral fences in my life, and provided me with a healthy role model. I am still a "work in progress," but by God's grace I feel assured that I am a better example of a father for my three teenage children. - Craig Doty, San Diego, Calif.

That's none

I appreciate Joel Belz's reporting on the debate between Cal Thomas and myself ("Fine-tuning the nuances," June 8). I want to correct one minor error, however. Mr. Belz quoted me as saying that Focus on the Family "spends only 5 percent of its annual budget on political action." I believe I said we spend that much money on lobbying activities. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, Focus is barred from spending any money at all on partisan political activity. - Tom Minnery, V.P., Public Policy, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Co.

Row on

Regardless of U.S. Postal Service delays, ("Logs in the stream," June 1), I always find your content timely and thought-provoking from cover to cover. Keep rowing. - Frank E. Cook Jr., Bartlett, Tenn.

I do not always agree completely with any of WORLD's columns, but they always help me to have a better Christian view of the world around us, prompting me to figure out why and in what way I believe a bit differently. Thank you in particular for Andree Seu's columns. They are like a conversation with a good friend, even when I want to argue a point. I almost want to frame "Death by detail" (June 1) and hang it above my very own archaeological oddity with a desk underneath. - Mary Lou Brown, Otego, N.Y.


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