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The lions await
Thank you so much for believing in my generation. Christian teenagers around the world are sick and tired of being stereotyped as lazy, ignorant, and rebellious. There's so much good that so many teenagers are doing, and I can only pray that somehow we can keep Christianity alive and well into the next millennium. God, keep us strong and help us stand against the tyranny we're surrounded by. It's time to stop wondering what in our culture is making so many Jasons and Dylans and start investigating what in our culture is making Cassie Bernalls and Rachel Scotts. I'm humbled that you chose my generation to be your "Daniels of the Year" (Dec. 18). We'll do our best to live up to it. - Tyler Huckabee, Lincoln, Neb.
Opportunity in tragedy
Your article reminds us that "in all things God works for the good of those who love Him" and that we should look at the tragedies we have seen this year as opportunities to trust God and to serve Him, as these teens have done. What I found most inspiring is the rock-solid strength with which these teens witness to others. I hope your article encourages many Christians to go out and do likewise. - Victor Ortega, Pittsburgh, Pa.
I must disagree with your choice for "Daniel of the Year." I am a generation WWJD person myself and I admire Cassie Bernall, Jeremiah Neitz, and the other Christian teens who are outspoken about their faith. But as far as I've seen, Christian teens on the whole are silent about what they believe. - Samuel Bavido, Wilbur, Wash.
I am so encouraged when I hear stories about kids my age taking a stand for Christ. Your articles on the Columbine shooting and the tragedy at Wedgwood strengthened my desire to stand for my faith, but your most recent article hit home even more because it showed close Christian relationships and teens exercising their faith in everyday life. Thank you for letting your readers know that this generation is not all bad, but there is a ray of hope, and God is going to do some great things through us. - Tim Higgins, Bethlehem, Pa.
I am thankful for "Millennium's end" (Nov. 13). Sometimes I just feel like shouting, "Oh God, what can I do?" This article reminded me that just living a Christian life, whatever career or job you choose, can make a difference. God is ultimately in control of America, and the whole world. "Daniels of the Year" was another inspiring message. I particularly enjoyed the observation that God doesn't "cleanse us of our passions. He bridles them." I pray that he would bridle mine. Your articles always arouse some fiery passion within me, encourage me, or lift me up. - Sally Amthor, 14, Woodbourne, N.Y.
I was in Seattle to cover the WTO meeting ("The radicals are back," Dec. 18). Yes, there were anarchists and looters, but I found Christian after Christian marching peacefully, returning day after day to tear gas-filled streets to call for fair trade and the cancellation of the debts of the most impoverished countries. I have no need of a publication that ignores Christians who, in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth and Martin Luther King Jr., dare to say publicly that there is a better way. Please cancel my subscription. - C.A. Hogue, Silver Spring, Md.
As a first-grade teacher, I was both shocked and angered by your statement that, compared to Pokémon, it's "too bad our educational system doesn't give them anything real with which to grapple" ("More on Pokémon," Dec. 18). While Pokémon cards arguably develop intellectual abilities, they lose their worth when children cheat and steal from their peers just to get them. Our school has had to ban these cards from our classrooms. The educational system as a whole may be flawed, but to make such a blanket statement is unfair and offensive. - Kelly Sewick, Caledonia, Minn.
One per packet
I feel that some of what you say is true. The schoolchildren take Pokémon too seriously. But I have done research and have found that those sealed packets promise one rare, victorious card. - Mary Catherine Pogue, 10, Clovis, N.M.
Congressman Jim McDermott's letters stating that Southern Baptists are intolerant ("Your tax dollars at work," Dec. 18) show the basic flaw in the "tolerance" that he is proclaiming. Is he not now being intolerant of the Southern Baptists? I am bothered by his attempted use of his power to curb evangelism, but does he really think it intolerant to try to persuade other people? If so, then why is he writing letters on congressional stationary to persuade his fellow congressmen and the president of the SBC? - Van H. Edwards, Newnan, Ga.
You were far too charitable in titling your article about some athletes "Major-league brats" (Dec. 18). It should have read, "Major-league thugs." - Stephen B. Ford, Harleysville, Pa.
Never trust 'em
I have a personal letter from former Hillsdale College president George Roche III framed on the wall of my family room. In it he gives an approving response to some letters-to-the-editor I wrote and forwarded to him. Sadly, that letter will come down, soon to be retired to a file drawer. This apparent affair ("Tales of the heart," Dec. 11) once again proves-as Mr. Jefferson cautioned-that one must never have confidence in men. It will ever be thus, despite the protestations of utopians on both ends of the political spectrum. - Dick Bachert, Norcross, Ga.
Light the darkness
The letters in WORLD that release cascades of "tsk, tsk's" and charges of immorality for touching on "some filthy television show, or ... R-rated Hollywood movies" bring to mind words from that staunch titan of journalism, G. K. Chesterton: "There are two ways of renouncing the devil, and the difference is perhaps the deepest chasm in modern religion. One is to have a horror of him because he is so far off; and the other is to have it because he is so near.... You may think a crime horrible because you could never commit it. I think it horrible because I could commit it." Remember we serve the Lord whose companions were sinners, adulterers, and the demon-possessed. The idea is not to blockade oneself from the wickedness of "the world," but to crash right into the fray with an abandonment to the power of God and love even for those who are our most bitter foes. The one who feels he must retreat from the world's influence is the one who has been defeated. How are we to be lights in the darkness if we shrink at the sight if it? - Jeremy J. Downey, Dayton, Ohio
I own, and have played through, almost every Final Fantasy game ever published, and must beg to differ on your comments about the series ("This is no final fantasy," Dec. 18). You say that today's popular hits will only be tomorrow's silly nostalgia, but this game has been around for at least 12 years. And while Final Fantasy VIII may be more vapid than past installments, some of the earlier episodes were classic tales of love, sacrifice, and friendship rarely seen in any kind of fiction. The characters were even willing to give up their lives for someone else, and how often do we see that? - Anthony Larrea, Miami, Fla.
Cartoons first, naturally
Not only do I love your magazine, but my teenage daughter has taken to it as well. It is a wonderful source for teaching about worldviews. She does go to the movie reviews and the cartoons first, but eventually she reads most of the material. I like it because we get to discuss the different articles in the magazine. Keep up the good work. - Bruce Martin, Knoxville, Tenn.
A man a mistake ...
"A man a plan a canal Panama" (Dec. 25/Jan. 1) is more than an anagram. It is one of the most famous palindromes-it reads the same forwards and backwards. It's in a class with another famous palindrome that supposedly quotes Napoleon: "Able was I ere I saw Elba," and Adam's first words to Eve: "Madam, I'm Adam." - Joseph A. Springer, Miami Lakes, Fla.