Texas Baptist Forum

God & politics

Regarding your "Mormon issue" editorial (Jan. 9), I agree theological issues should not be the only reason we do not vote for a candidate. However, we need to see that the person lines up with the word of God on where that person stands and votes. Lip service is not pleasing to God and should not be pleasing to us, either.

We must monitor those who represent us in office. It's not about race, sex or economics—just plain and straight how their votes line up with God's word.

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Just because you call yourself a Christian does not make you a Christian, just like going "vroom, vroom," does not make you a motorcycle. We who are called by Christ's name should humble ourselves, pray and listen. Do not vote based on popularity or anything else. Seek God's face on who best represents him, and maybe, just maybe, he will heal our land.

There are more than enough born-again evangelical Christians to make a difference in the vote. But how do we vote?

Shame on us for allowing things to get to where they are! Corrupt politicians who sell their votes and change their stand on issues like the temperature in Texas. It starts with us. We put in office those people because we did not listen to what God says to do, and then we cry out to him for help. Listen the first time!

Kenny Martin


Tithing & taxes

My wife and I have been married 49 years and always have shared common values when it comes to money. Both of us were tithers before we got married and have continued to tithe throughout our marriage.

As a retired teacher and social worker, we give a 10th of our pension incomes to God via our church. Tithing is a sound principle of systematic proportional giving, and it helps in planning the family's annual budget. Churches also have annual budgets that require money in order to meet outreach and operating expenses.

It is a joy to give cheerfully, asking for nothing in return. A generous heart is pleasing to God, the giver of every good and perfect gift. My wife and I realize we are imperfect, struggling sojourners whose tithing is minimum giving, not something to boast about or take pride in. We always are in need of God's grace and mercy. Tithing is just one way of acknowledging God's goodness and our dependency.

We also render willingly unto Caesar what is Caesar's by paying taxes. That is something all good citizens do. It also pleases God. To whom much is given, much is required, and it truly is more blessed to give than to receive. Everything we are, have been and forever will be, we owe to our overwhelmingly generous Creator, who expects us to be generous in sharing our God-given resources with neighbors through the church and the government.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.

Louisville, Ky.

The Evangelical political annointing

Articles about the meeting of "evangelicals" near Brenham would have been amusing if not so pathetic. Hasn't it been a few months since this group met to anoint Rick Perry as the GOP nominee? We had a phrase in East Texas many years ago: "I'm betting on the winner."

Although not endorsed by this group, Newt Gingrich is moving up rapidly in the polls and is a favorite of many on the religious right. Gingrich, of course, has qualities that could appeal to many, especially men. Do you want to teach your children personal responsibility and a work ethic? Simply leave them and their cancer-stricken mother. It's amazing what an incentive hunger and a lack of shelter can be.

Remember the phrase in the marriage ceremony, "in sickness or health"? Gingrich has proven—twice—this applies only so long as the wife stays healthy, young and pretty.

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel" (1 Timothy 5:8).

Carl L. Hess

Ozark, Ala.

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