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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Cities of God and Man," March 27, 2010

Heartbreaking

Our daughter SarahBeth was quoted in "Learning to wait" (Feb. 13) about the PEERS abstinence program. It is heartbreaking to see Obama and others not valuing abstinence programs when statistics consistently prove them to be successful.
-Beth Pfister; Indianapolis, Ind.

The real power

"Whose darling?" (Feb. 13) was honest and insightful. When I finished it, I realized that while some Republi­cans recognize the value of the real, lasting results of Christ-centered programs, many do not really understand that the power behind the results is Jesus Christ.
-Richard Boggs; Wilburton, Okla.

Anything but respectability

I have long believed that most professing Christians would surrender to Jesus anything except their respectability ("On being respectable," Feb. 13). Scripture does not speak well of people who love the praise of men more than the praise of God. Are we kidding ourselves, thinking we can be respectable in society and still find favor with God?
-Kathryn Lee; Indianapolis, Ind.

What an example

Regarding Brit Hume's comments on Tiger Woods and his interview with Bill O'Reilly ("Politeness police," Jan. 30): It's interesting that flipping through the channels one can find pretty explicit discussions of sexual issues, but to speak about the hope that is in Jesus can be offensive or impolite.
-Joel Kornegay; San Angelo, Texas

Scripture tells us that God will recognize us in heaven when we have uttered the name of Jesus here on earth. What an example Hume has given us. And I wonder how "polite" it is even for us to be told of the suffering of Woods' family in the first place.
-Virginia Hymer; Hutchinson, Kan.

It's all good

Janie B. Cheaney is right, of course, about how the typical story plot is moved along by evil rather than good ("Beguiling stories," Jan. 30). This paradigm doesn't only affect our fiction, but also our perception of God. That is, we view human history as God fixing what evil did, rather than as God laying out a brilliant plan to accomplish something unprecedented in all of the created order: the uniting of heaven and earth, the marriage of God and Man.
-Amy Rachel Peterson; Kansas City, Mo.

First mate, actually

I generally agree with your review of Invictus ("More than a game," Jan. 2) but wish you had dug a little deeper into the meaning behind the title poem by William Ernest Henley. The poem's last two lines, written from Henley's hospital bed after his lower leg was amputated, have become famous as symbols for what man can do through determination and courage: "I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul." However, for the Christian, the poem represents life without God and His guidance, care, correction, and tutelage.
-Eleanor Nagy; Alexandria, Va.

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