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Issue: "Another dark day in America," Jan. 12, 2013

‘Divided we stand’

Dec. 1 Your articles covering the election of President Obama, national disasters, same-sex “marriage,” liberal campus politics, plus crises in Syria and Iraq, lead me to thank the Lord for our many blessings. But because we are blessed, we must speak to the needs of people all around us. WORLD continues to open our eyes more clearly to a world of need.
—William Swenson, St. Louis, Mo. 

‘Building blocs’

Dec. 1 Thank you for an illuminating evaluation of the last election. People in this country want to let their sin nature reign, and our president and progressive party are all too willing to promote that. Our electorate overlooks or does not recognize the false rhetoric, broken promises, and blatant lies of this administration.
—Bill Russell, Brighton, Mich.

‘Tipping point’

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Dec. 1 It is sobering if America has reached a tipping point. Nations rise and fall so citizens of heaven do well to remember Gamaliel’s counsel from Acts 5, that if these things are from God we cannot stop them.
—Wayne Fowler, Blairsville, Ga.

I thought Joel Belz’s analysis was excellent but it is not enough to “influence a few ‘takers’ to become ‘makers.’” Modern liberalism is indeed bankrupt, but conservatism has insufficient funds to cover human nature’s deficit. We shouldn’t withdraw from politics, but only the gospel can empower people to change.
—Quinn Skinner, Chinhae, Republic of Korea

One lady in our church did not vote for Romney because he is “rich,” and another said, “I’ve been watching all the ads on TV and I don’t know what to believe.” I gave her a voters’ guide, but Americans truly have a dependency problem. If God is bringing judgment on our country, then we better keep praying for mercy and evangelizing the lost.
—P. Steve Klein, Vincennes, Ind.

My experience at a call center was that people who leaned conservative but still planned to vote for Obama thought Republicans hate homosexuals, start wars, and want to break up Hispanic families. They thought socialism isn’t so bad, and when confronted about abortion they backed down or got angry. I plan to explain to more people I meet that God loves them and sent His Son to rescue them.
—Rachel Ann Lowers, Wyoming, Mich.

Why was Obama elected? Adversity is God’s way of getting our attention. It is our motivation to cry out to God to purify our faith, to increase our hatred of evil, and remind us to pray for our authorities.
—Rudy G. Hoggard, Marion, N.C.

‘Bound by blood’

Dec. 1 Thank you for highlighting the Woods family and its response to such a great loss. The offenses of this world are not against us, but against Christ. There will be sorrow and suffering because of others’ actions, but as we mature in Christ we realize that we need not take up those offenses.
—David Shepherd, Bluffton, Ind.

If I expect to check all my boxes before I forgive, then it may never happen. Christ pleaded with God to forgive those who were killing Him; He didn’t wait for their apology. I will forgive faceless people because God is judge. Withholding forgiveness is a dangerous thing.
—Dave Forwood, Manheim, Pa.

Unless there is a show of repentance that points to a specific offense that the transgressor acknowledges, no forgiveness can be granted, nor should it be. The heart must always be open and ready to forgive, but until there is confession of sin, acts of forgiveness are imaginary.
—Nelson Banuchi, Concord, N.C.

I wholeheartedly believe that forgiving freely in Jesus’ name blesses the Lord and heals the forgiver. The Lord delivered me from bitterness several years ago, teaching me that the choice to forgive is my part, and that He causes my feelings to catch up with that decision.
—Laura Hill, Nashville, Tenn.

Our need to forgive is not dependent on knowing the guilty party or his seeking forgiveness. Our need to forgive is necessary for our own healing, growth, and peace of mind. And sometimes forgiveness does not come easy, even when it is sought.
—Julie A. Hecker, Littleton, Colo.

‘We were exhausted’

Dec. 1 This story, about Christian respite care centers for autistic children, was very encouraging coming after the political coverage. Christians engaged in sacrificial action for others speaks much louder for our Lord than Christians campaigning, though that should not be neglected.
—Rodney Stent, Dallas, Ore.

‘The Lamb’s agenda’

Dec. 1 I have rarely read such a lucid, sensible, and biblical assessment of the immigration issue as Samuel Rodriguez expressed. Is there no Republican politician who could articulate some of Rodriguez’s grasp of the “Lamb’s agenda”?
—Howard E. Dial, Jonesboro, Ga.

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