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Your staff member Pamela Murray Winters doesn’t seem to know or care very much about your Christian readership. In her Page 52 commentary (7/7) on Al Petteway and Amy White, she writes: “You probably look at the tasteful, soft-focus pictures and think, ‘Christ, I wondered what happened to Guy and Rana from The Lawrence Welk Show.’ But don’t be fooled…”
I find this reference to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, highly offensive. So do countless others who acknowledge Him as the Alpha and Omega, the One True God who is, was—and is to come! Though He never knew sin, He died a horrible death on the cross so that every person who acknowledges Him as Messiah will have eternal life in paradise.
It grieves me—wounds me deeply—to hear this kind of blasphemy, which, sadly enough, is rampant in current hit movies, in songs, in everyday conversations.
Winters’ tasteless conjecture was the first I’ve seen in a publication that purports to cater to the general public. Frankly, it took my appetite away when I was reading your paper while waiting for my lunch to be served in a nearby restaurant. I’ve been a journalist for nearly 30 years, and I find it very regrettable that you did not catch this blatant disrespect of the faith of a significant portion of your readership.
In the New Testament (Acts of the Apostles), a man crippled from birth asked Peter and John for alms. Peter replied, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, [rise and] walk.” The man “leaped up, stood and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God.”
What an awesome name!