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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Our pork," Dec. 8, 2007

No middle road

It's good that Rachel Laser moved toward the middle as an "abortion gray" ("Life decisions," Nov. 10). But how can a person take a middle-of-the-road stance on this issue? Either it is good that women have a right to choose, and they should be able to use that right, or it is wrong to kill human life in the womb (or partially out of the womb) and abortion should be illegal. Joel Hunter is right that pro-life advocates need not insist on having the whole thing at one time. Any bipartisan step that reduces abortion and bolsters the pro-life movement should be taken. But at all times pro-lifers must continue to voice the moral reasoning for opposing the destruction of human life.
-Randy Goggin; New Port Richey, Fla.

We should spit from our vocabulary any notion that abortion is a complex moral issue whose acceptable resolution is a percentage reduction rather than total elimination. Was the murder of Jews in Nazi Germany a "complex moral issue"? Should slavery be "safe, legal, and rare"?
-Bob Brown; Belcamp, Md.

The low road

Democrats are taking the "high road" to protect our enemies from any discomfort to obtain information ("Torture tantrum," Nov. 10). At the same time, they advocate a gruesome drowning by a saline solution for our own most defenseless citizens, the unborn in the womb.
-J.D. Moyers; Centennial, Colo.

Not all bad

I serve at a Willow Creek-style church. Your quote by Bill Hybels, "We made a mistake" (Quotables, Nov. 10), may lead some to assume that the Willow Creek model was a colossal failure. Not true. The conclusion of the Reveal study, that church involvement does not equal spiritual development, showed that many of Willow's efforts did not necessarily result in the depth of spiritual maturity for which they hoped. Arguably, however, God has used Hybels to usher in a "Second Reformation" that has helped thousands of churches proclaim the gospel with greater clarity, courage, and effectiveness.
-Mark Matson; Rockford, Ill.

Long-term change

What a refreshing take on cultural transformation Gene Edward Veith offers in holding up the seemingly mundane importance of nurturing family life ("Salt recipe," Nov. 10). This is the long-term view for cultural change, and we need to be reminded of it more often. Hats off to the many mothers who pour their lives into rearing godly offspring.
-Jeremiah Pent; Ft. Washington, Pa.

Fruit of intensity

Since Rocky and Helen Hulse spoke at our church, it has been a joy to follow their ministry ("Rocky road," Nov. 10). The article doesn't begin to convey the intensity and fruit of their work, which is against fierce opposition because of their love for Christ and for Mormons.
-Jenny Wiers; Iowa City, Iowa

Spare change

I think it's ridiculous that we say that missions are so important but we barely give anything to support them ("Our 2 cents' worth," Oct. 27). Jesus commands us to spread His Word; maybe we could put our spare change in a jar every day, and then donate it to missions at the end of the month.
-Tansy Harkins, 14; Grand Junction, Colo.


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