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Issue: "Shattered dreams," April 5, 2008

Knowing God?

I read with great interest the excerpt from Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (Feb. 23/March 1) by Anne Rice. Her approach and style is refreshing, but I question her statement that at the temptation, "Satan doesn't really know that Jesus is God." The accuser did not question Christ's identity. He knew full well who the starving Man in front of him was and pressed with all of his power to make Jesus abort the plan of salvation.
-Dan Peters; Thousand Oaks, Calif.

How dare a person put herself in the mind of our Savior and put her words in His mouth!
-Bernice Krahn; Fairfield, Idaho

The right question

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The problem was not evangelicals' lack of influence but a diffusion of influence due to the lack of a good candidate ("The end of an illusion," Feb. 23/March 1). We were very uncomfortable with a Mormon who had so recently shifted gears in our favor, and with Huckabee, who would have been too blatantly Christian and not blatantly Republican enough to have won a national election. We don't have any influence with John McCain. Evangelicals were intuitive enough to see this. The result was confusion regarding how to vote in primaries. But could we powerfully influence a national election with the right candidate? Yes.
-Mary Farrar; Copper Canyon, Texas

I am appalled at any Christian willing to walk away from the polls next election. It is like treading on the graves of those who died to ensure the right to vote, and on the remains of the aborted babies that are inevitable if a pro-death candidate is able to nominate like-minded judges to the Supreme Court. Shame on any Christian who refuses to do his best in November.
-Lori Parziale; Alexandria, Va.

Christians and candidates

I disagree with your representation of John McCain as pro-life ("No heaven on earth," Feb. 23/March 1). He believes in federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research and in allowing babies conceived by rape and incest to be aborted. He also believes that there should be less intensity when it comes to abortion. James Dobson is not the only one who will not be casting a vote for McCain. To be consistently pro-life means that you allow no exceptions.
-Shelley Tuttle; Superior, Wis.

I am a sorrowful, patriotic, conservative Christian with no candidate. I will vote in November, but I will have the least bounce in my Election Day step since I first participated in 1980.
-Laurie Norris; Seminole, Fla.

I am a Naval Academy classmate of Johnny McCain and have heard his very personal testimony to many of us, after he was released, on how he relied so heavily on the Almighty for his salvation and freedom. I am confident that he is now the one to best lead our nation in the times ahead.
-J. Dwight Hutchinson; Middletown, Md.

War reading

In "Washington's war?" (Feb. 23/March 1), Marvin Olasky superbly illustrates Paul's admonition to soldiers of Christ not to "entangle" themselves with the affairs of this world, using examples from the life of our first commander in chief. Olasky drives his point home by showing the price paid by Britain, whose own leaders lacked the character to avoid such entanglements. This piece should be required reading for everyone involved in our national security, and for those who select them.
-Michael Lipparelli; Eustis, Fla.

Bang for the bucks

I have been thinking about what to do with the economic stimulus check I will be receiving (The Buzz, Feb. 23/March 1). I might return it, so as not to deepen our national debt, but the big spenders in Washington would just spend it on something else. Saving, investing, or paying off debt may be a good move, but probably won't help stimulate the economy. The federal gurus want us to spend it on things we want or need, but giving the money away to individuals or ministries to spend on things they need could have both temporal and eternal value. It could contribute to the Lord's work and stimulate the economy at the same time.
-David J. Helwig; Crystal Falls, Mich.

Eurocentric arrogance

Re: "Out of Africa" (Feb. 23/March 1): I applaud Thomas Oden's comments about the misconception that the flow of Christian thought went from Europe to Africa, instead of the other way around. I would add that, not only has this misconception been "hurtful to the African sense of intellectual self-worth," it has hurt European Christians as well. It has buttressed a sense of intellectual self-sufficiency, and enhanced a long-standing pattern of Eurocentric arrogance.
-Mark Sandford; Post Falls, Idaho

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