I was impressed with the recent article on Ron Paul. He came in second in a straw poll at a recent political conference I attended, and I was shocked at the number of people, including Christians, who support him. He comes off to me as saying that we have no responsibility to defend the oppressed or reach out, with common sense, to the suffering around the world.
Gloria Beidler; Sutherlin, Ore.
While I commend you for not writing a smear piece, you have focused more on Paul's unusual characteristics than on his principles. His positions derive from libertarianism. What Paul thinks is a good idea is a very different matter from what he thinks should be legal, and especially what should be decided by the federal government. The real question is not about what is good or moral but what the government must not allow to protect the rights of others.
Matt Evans; Fargo, N.D.
Ron Paul is Washington's most consistent advocate for limited, decentralized government. Your attack on Paul confirms that Christians who love liberty must look elsewhere for political reporting. Please cancel my subscription.
Nathaniel Sheetz; Cranberry Township, Pa.
As a mother of seven children who were each breastfed over a year, I stand in awe of this perfect, God-designed way of nourishing a young life. Although the "flash" of a breast can seem indecent, mothers can learn to nurse their babies discreetly, modestly, and without giving offense.
Vera Jane Hursh; New Bloomfield, Pa.
I nursed my seven children for a total of over seven years in all kinds of public situations. Not once did someone offer a negative comment. However, not once did I unnecessarily expose my breasts to public view while nursing.
Beverly Parrish; Houston, Texas
Breastfeeding can be a time for a young mother to share an intimate time with her baby. Why would mothers give up such a beautiful time for the noise and hubbub of a mall? And "nurse-ins"? I know our times and culture have changed, but babies haven't.
Nancy K. Archer; St. Clairsville, Ohio
While reading this article I substituted "pre-born baby" for "fetal" and was left with an Orwellian sense of terror of what our civilization has become. The picture of wrapped "donated tissue," each package the size of a premature newborn, brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for pricking calloused areas of my heart. How dreadful that our babies are now considered to be worth more dead than alive!
Jan Parks; Birmingham, Ala.
Janie B. Cheaney's column about internet matchmaking made some very good critiques, but the internet does provide an opportunity for people longing for marital intimacy to meet. My best friend and I were both in healthy churches but we had a deep loneliness in our hearts and a shortage of assertive men in our churches. We both met our husbands through eHarmony. It is not perfect but the main thing, as you wonderfully explained, is to remain true to the promises made on the altar, however you got there.
Debbie Brotzge; Norman, Okla.
Thanks for the column about the online marriage mills. I've always put them at the bottom of the options list for Christian singles. I guess gone are the days of Bible colleges and career groups as the prime spousal hunting grounds.
Steve Burdan; Palatine, Ill.
You're right. As Francis Schaeffer pointed out, once you let the nose of the camel in the tent, soon the whole animal is in. Polygamy advocates have tried the "civil rights" tactic, now it's "religious belief." The slope is getting steeper and more slippery.
Doris Heyns; Cape Coral, Fla.
Thank you for boldly telling the truth about the root cause of the persistent hunger in the horn of Africa: evil. Proverbs 16:6 says that by "lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for." If we don't tell the truth about issues, we have no hope of solving them. The "experts" uncourageously skirt the truth of many important issues in our world today.
Tim Thiery; Goshen, Ind.
I appreciated Arsenio Orteza's review of Peter Furler's CD On Fire. But where Orteza may have been turned off by Furler's cheerful songs and sunny optimism, I gave him full credit for getting me through a week stuck at home with bad poison ivy and its torturous itching. Singing of my Savior's goodness delivered me from my pity party and kept my eyes focused upward.
Joni Halpin; Allen, Texas
My compliments on the column regarding the fleeting and worthless nature of notoriety and secular power. Where are Oreb and Zeeb today? Anyone who begins to feel a heightened sense of his or her own self-importance should watch the newspaper headlines and see how many celebrities wind up on the bottom of the birdcage.
Dick Brackett; Brentwood, Tenn.
Your article mentions seminars being held that "highlight how many unanswered questions remain-like what to do when a heterosexual soldier unwittingly gets assigned a homosexual roommate." Does anyone really think there will be segregation when there isn't any segregation even by gender today in the field?
Ronald Everett; North Olmsted, Ohio
I'm glad that Michael Irvin found Christian faith, but now he needs to get a Bible and read it, a lot, and do it before making pronouncements about homosexuality.
Buddy Roberts; Columbia, Tenn.
Congratulations and thanks for your new podcast, The World and Everything In It. It will be a great addition to my regular lineup. I also just subscribed to the WORLD iPad app; it is yet another innovative way to receive the valuable information WORLD offers.
Bill Haughee; Niles, Mich.
We thoroughly enjoyed the well-written, insightful essay by Andrée Seu. She challenges her readers to exercise themselves spiritually in practical ways we had not considered, or needed to be reminded of.
Genie Ragin; Cumming, Ga.
We regularly visit the son of one of our good friends at church currently incarcerated in a county jail. Our friend spends over 95 percent of his time looking at the ceiling, floor, or other inmates. For a few hours a week he gets to sit across the table from his daughters or his parents or his friends. If the guard looks the other way, we may even get to hold hands for a minute. If we are really blessed, we get to hold hands and pray before we leave. Those who think they couldn't handle going to jail to visit someone should sacrifice a few hours to sit down with someone and just let them know you care.
Larry Euton; Monroe, Ga.
I have lived around Mormons my whole life. They have been my teachers, my fellow students, and my co-workers. Their doctrine is wrong but they stress morality and a strong family life. We should accept them as our allies in the political realm. This column has prompted me to cancel my subscription.
Kathy Taylor; Peoria, Ariz.
Thank you for not side-stepping the issue of whether evangelicals are willing to support Mitt Romney for president. The essential issue with Romney is one of discernment and character, both his and the electorate's. Can I trust a man who already advertises that he lacks discernment by believing a cult's lies? Certainly not.
Martha Kasper; Alpharetta, Ga.
In a March congressional hearing, Rep. Peter Cravaack, R-Minn., challenged L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca to explain his cozy association with CAIR ("CAIR's cops, August 27").
Westminster Larger Catechism question 178 defines prayer ("Thousands left behind, August 27").
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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