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Issue: "Roe v. Wade turns 40," Jan. 26, 2013

I agree that Christians should not be lectured to forgive heinous crimes, but disagree that “forgiveness that wasn’t requested isn’t true” and that to do so is like a “blank check” to continue sinning. Mark 11:25, where Jesus commands us when praying to, “if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them,” looks like unsolicited forgiveness to me.
—Peggy Wheeler, Suwanee, Ga.

Trying to forgive when there has been no confession or repentance is confusing and futile. Cheaney’s admonitions not to seek revenge and to look to God for vindication ring true and give direction for my steps in times of trial. Then the resulting peace can replace condemnation for not forgiving, and there can be freedom without judgment of the offending party.
—Sharon Skinner, Carlsbad, N.M.

‘Tipping point?’

Dec. 1  Thank you to Joel Belz for summarizing the historical significance of the 2012 election. America showed that the majority depends on the state and that its faith is in man, not God; in one of us and not in the One with us. How sharp are the distinctions. Jesus says that we are to go and make disciples, and America has throughout the world. Now it must, ever more fervently, do so within its borders.
—Carmen Julius, Edinburg, Pa.

The election had ruined my hope but I concluded I couldn’t quit. We organized a meeting of people from three churches to discuss the problems facing a nation we thought we knew. Now with statistics we are understanding. Belz’s column was encouraging. We are discussing which approach we will take going forward: spiritual or political?
—Dave Dirksen, Iowa Falls, Iowa

‘Beating the system’

Oct. 20  I believe we are a lot closer to a Christian-hostile nation than many of us would like to admit. What are we doing to prepare for this? Are we taking advantage of the freedoms we have available and praying for those who are not as blessed as we are?
—Marlin Hostetter, Lancaster, Pa.

Corrections

Micheal Flaherty was referring to Philippians 4:8 (“Keep running the race,” Dec. 15, p. 30).

The MAF airplane delivering Bibles to the Kimyal tribe in Indonesia was a Cessna 208 Caravan (“Good gifts,” Dec. 15, p. 79).

Stephanie Perrault wrote the review of Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (Jan. 12, p. 23).

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