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‘Mistakes were made’

Dec. 15  Thank you for your informative article listing the events in the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi crisis. I would add the president’s false assertion in the second debate that he had attributed the attack to terrorism from the beginning, and his United Nations address in which he repeated Ambassador Rice’s focus on the “hateful video.”
—Edwin Montgomery, Monument, Colo.

‘Back to the journalist’s lane’

Dec. 15  Reading Marvin Olasky’s memoirs took me down memory lane (including some not-so-good memories) of the ’60s and ’70s and how off track my generation was. I’m going to have my adult children read it for the history it contains and for a picture of God’s mercy.
—Ruth Houghton, Gypsum, Kan.

‘Bound by blood’

Dec. 1  Janie B. Cheaney is correct that God requires petition for forgiveness before He will grant it, but I believe she misunderstood Charles Woods’ intent. He was not absolving those who killed his son of their guilt before God; he was giving up his right to hold their guilt against them, just as the New Testament instructs us to do. It is not only possible to forgive unknown perpetrators, it is a trademark of being a Christian.
—John Keyes, Riverton, Ill.

As Cheaney explained, the presence of a disposition to forgive is not the same as the conferral of forgiveness. That is a response to the acknowledgment of sin committed against us. Most distressing to me is the fact that those who advocate “unconditional forgiveness” misrepresent God and the manner in which He deals with us, His sinning creatures.
—Albert N. Martin, Jenison, Mich.

This column was a great explanation of why our culture’s tendency to “forgive” wrongs without the offender recognizing their wrongdoing distorts the big picture—of sinful people who need a savior and feel sorrow over our transgressions.
—Lisa Meek, Bothell, Wash.

I recently realized that I could not continue to resent a family member who had refused to accept responsibility for his offenses. Through a Bible study, I learned that I needed to forgive him. It was a stunning moment that tightened my stomach as I realized the implications. So I went to tell him, “I forgive you.” He didn’t understand, but I was not there for him, I was following the Lord’s plan for me.
—Gregory Samson, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Clarification

Hans Orsted discovered that an electric current produces a magnetic field (“Divine reversal,” Dec. 29, p. 24).

Correction

The photo connected to a brief about University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino was a photo of Paul Petrino, Bobby’s brother (“2012 events,” Dec. 29, p. 65).

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