Faith and the White House
As a Nigerian American, I find it exhilarating to know that the president of the most powerful nation in the world is a born-again believer ("The Faith of George W. Bush," by Stephen Mansfield, October). As indicated in your August issue, the president of Nigeria--the most populous nation in Africa--is also a Christian. I believe we should pray for the election of God-fearing leaders around the world.
Queens Village, New York
For George W. Bush to cloak himself in the mantle of Christ stinks to high heaven. He may well be a committed Christian, but he has betrayed public trust in his office. Many of us have become politically active for the first time so we can oppose the policies of an administration that is showing itself to be arrogant and corrupt.
You failed to mention in your article on President Bush that he was a member of the fraternity called Skull and Bones when he was a student at Yale University. Christians need to wake up before it is too late.
Your story about Bush proves he is religious, but not a true follower of Christ. He vowed he would capture Osama bin Laden "dead or alive." Does that sound like the words of a Christian? The late E.V. Hill rebuked Bush, saying he should change his statement to "saved and alive."
The Gay Dilemma
In his column about the appointment of an openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, J. Lee Grady said that the Episcopal denomination is now dead (First Word, October). There are many Episcopalians who didn't embrace the appointment of that homosexual bishop.
Let us reach out to the faithful and not lump them with those who would pervert the Word of God. Not every member of the Episcopal Church has believed the devil's lies.
Thanks for taking a firm stand against glamorized immorality in the case of the gay Episcopal bishop. We Christians in Africa do not understand why the same people who brought the faith to us are now working very hard to deface it.
But I thank God that everybody has not gone crazy with them. The West should know that we can't change God's standards.
My heart also sank when the Episcopal Church U.S.A. (ECUSA) voted to accept as bishop an openly gay man and to authorize the blessing of same-sex unions. This was an act that totally rejects the teaching of the Bible and the traditions of the church. It is sinful and shameful.
However, it should be noted that leaders within the worldwide Anglican Communion--of which the Episcopal Church is a part--have taken a stand against the actions of ECUSA by declaring them to be heretical. There are also many good and godly Episcopalians who are against this move. I know you did not mean to lump all Episcopalians and Anglicans into one group, but I do feel the distinction should be made.
Rev. David A. Barrett
Wedding of the Century?
I was appalled after reading the letters to the editor about Juanita Bynum (Letters, November). How come it's all right for worldly, successful people to spend lavishly but not those who preach? As far as I am concerned there is not a check big enough to pay preachers for what they do.
Rev. Michelle Stramler
If Juanita Bynum--a precious vessel of God--wants to have the wedding of her dreams, so be it! I saw the wedding on TBN, and it ministered to me. What an extravagant God we serve! He is extravagant in His love, mercy and grace. Why not rejoice with this couple and extend some of those qualities to them--instead of passing judgment!
Thank you for featuring Juanita Bynum on the cover of Charisma. I was surprised to see so many Christians expressing disgust, jealousy and envy toward her concerning her wedding. The enemy stole from her, and now she is blessed because she is obedient. God has no problem with Juanita wearing a 7.76-carat diamond.
When I watched Juanita Bynum's wedding on TBN my heart leapt with joy. Finally, He had someone who could believe Him for the kind of wedding He longs to give all of His sons and daughters. I could almost feel His joy and the excitement of the angels.
Your readers made some harsh judgments concerning Juanita Bynum and her wedding. How do we know she doesn't support the poor? God doesn't judge you for spending money on the good things in life.
This woman is on the front lines of ministry. Instead of stabbing her in the back, we need to have her "back" in prayer.
As I read letters about Juanita Bynum and the glorious wedding God blessed her with, it saddened me that these critics didn't understand they were witnessing the faithfulness of God. Have they forgotten Job, Solomon and David, or that God takes pleasure in prospering His people?
Rosalyn T. Hopkins
Fayetteville, North Carolina
I've been disgusted with Juanita Bynum and several other female evangelists. They start simple, but then when the money starts flowing, they get a public relations agent, expensive clothes, upgraded homes and live like the rich and famous. This is the way it is when the poor become the nouveau riche.
I think Juanita Bynum's wedding was beautiful, but some people can see only the bad rather than good. The truth is, there are so-called Christians who can't stand seeing a black woman who is prosperous. If Juanita had been a Caucasian woman, nothing would've been said.
I read the critical comments that your readers made about Juanita Bynum's wedding. What god are these people serving if they think Juanita doesn't deserve all that her heavenly Father has?
People are still stuck on the money part. Why would our God--who is so much richer than anyone--care about a few dollars? Whatever blessings God has given to Juanita and her husband, He will give to anyone else who follows Him. If Juanita is willing to go through the test, then why can't we? It's called obedience.
The Right Kind of Justice
I am glad the issue of justice is getting more attention by American Christians ("Whatever Happened to Justice?" by Harry R. Jackson Jr., November). But we must use discernment in how we live out this justice, for I fear that many American Christians assume that biblical justice and the justice presupposed in American political philosophy are synonymous.
American justice assumes God's existence is of no consequence, hence justice becomes the protection of individual self-interest and the pursuit of happiness. Whereas, biblical justice is interested in God's interests for both the individual and the community. May God grant us the discernment to seek justice on God's terms.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Pray for Your Pastor!
I appreciated your article on supporting our pastors ("Your Pastor Is Under Attack," by David Cannistraci, October). I agree that praying for our leadership is critical. They need our prayers not just because they are in leadership, but also because they are facing a difficult time in the transition of the church, and they will get the brunt of the upheaval.
I responded to your article with a resounding amen. I'm a minister's daughter. I can tell you it's true: Christian leaders, especially pulpit and parish ministers, are under satanic attack. The saddest part is that Satan often uses these ministers' congregations to carry out his attack.