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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "'Darkest moment'," April 28, 2007

I confess, I have really enjoyed Hauerwas and how he challenges my thinking. Especially useful is his critique of Reformed social thought. Reformed and evangelical Christians are blessed to have someone like this to speak with and to.
-Bill Harris; Grand Rapids, Mich.

The interview was interesting. It's sad that he's ignoring the spiritual war going on behind the scenes in much of Scripture. He ignores the interaction of John and Jesus with military personnel, as well as Deuteronomy 20, setting out God's laws of war for Israel. But pacifism is always useful for people who rely on others to defend them. This enables pacifists to exist, because in other situations they wouldn't survive.
-Kenneth Conklin; St. Louis, Mo.

They deserve it

Thank you for "Wounded warriors" (March 17). It's great that those wounded while serving our country are not being overlooked and are given the opportunity to stay affiliated with the military. They deserve it for their sacrifice.
-Kirsten Montgomery; Winchester, Va.

Bigger box

I did not believe God could ever possibly use rap ("Holy hip-hop," Feb. 3) until I met a young man who came to know Jesus through Christian hip-hop. He now has a fruitful ministry reaching people in the urban culture desperately in need of the Savior. So I've had to make this box I've constructed for God just a little bigger. Someday I hope not to keep Him in a box. However, I'm still not convinced He can use jazz.
-Marcia Garland; Lancaster, Pa.

Heart reader

Andrée Seu seems to read my heart and mind. I too have yearned to reach the stage of "restful coasting," where I have built up some "spiritual capital" ("Dependence day," March 17). But, like her, I am glad that God calls me to daily communion and daily dependence.
-Kathy Muir; Manlius, N.Y.

Clarifying

Thank you for Marvin Olasky's recent columns on the Iraq war ("The half-seen ledger," March 3; "Refining cruelty," March 10; "Make love, not war," March 17). I have been thinking a lot about it lately, trying to understand where we are and why, and these columns have helped clarify my thinking.
-Brian Schwartz; Tigard, Ore.

Olasky writes that everyone thought that Saddam Hussein had "lots of weapons of mass destruction" or the capacity to make them, and implies that this was the justification for war. But the ceasefire was revoked because Hussein breached international obligations as reaffirmed in Resolution 1441. Behavior in terms of threats, evasion, intimidation, and past use, not possession of WMDs, was always the key.
-Nolan Nelson; Eugene, Ore.

Correction

April 22 marked the 38th annual Earth Day ("Cool-headed," April 21, 2007).

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