An Incisive Report

Thank you for your cover story on the broadcasters [“Surviving the Slump,” Feb. 3]. Randy Frame and his colleagues are to be commended for a most incisive report—fair, complete, and balanced. It is encouraging to note that the leading magazine for evangelicals has not shied away from investigative reporting for the good of the church’s integrity.

It does no good to hide our heads in the sand when it comes to our own evangelistic thrusts via the media. Judgment starts at the house of God. So does redemption if we are to carry on with our heads held high.

Rev. J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Church of the Nazarene

Walpole, Mass.

In reading my umpteenth article about the fall of religious broadcasters, I am struck by the blithe lack of blame assumed by the contemporary church. Today’s churches, to compromise with contemporary mores, have embraced happily the religious movements that emphasize the ego and encourage physical contact. Unfortunately, these movements attract exactly the people who should flee from them. But when the inevitable occurs, we suddenly become very prim and wash our hands of the fallen.

Christianity used to stress raising cultural levels, since moral levels rose with them. Perhaps we need to provide more example and less precept.

Gertrude V. Martinez

Ft. Collins, Colo.

Use Persuasion, Not Force

With respect to Charles Colson’s “Abortion Clinic Obsolescence” [Feb. 3], let’s face it: the advent of RU 486 makes no difference. We could not and we cannot force a woman to bear her child. We cannot force calcium supplements down her throat. We cannot take away her gin and tonic—or her cocaine. We cannot make her purchase prenatal care, especially if she can’t afford a pediatrician for the children she already has. ...

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