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Letters to the Editor

Nov. 5, 1997

Students make a difference

I wanted to take a moment to extend my sincerest appreciation to you, the members of our student body, for your support of our football team during the win over the University of Texas. You made a difference!

What happened at Floyd Casey Stadium embodied the spirit of intercollegiate athletics ... the opportunity as a student body, staff, administrators and a community to come together and share in excitement and enthusiasm.

I was proud of the way you supported the team, (and) excited about your tearing down the goalpost while watching it all happen in a manner which displayed not only spontaneity, but zeal. You provided a fitting end to a wonderful college football afternoon.

A personal thanks to the Baylor Line of 2001 for leading 'the charge.' I am totally committed to providing each of you an athletic department you are proud of now and for years to come. Your continued support of your programs will ensure Baylor's success in the Big 12.

Thank you!

Tom Stanton

Director of Athletics

Biblical arguments incorrect

I am writing in response to Kelly Maher's article 'W.W.J.D. bracelets display Christianity as a passing fashion trend.' Her point that some who display their Christianity by clothing or accessories also act in ways that are not characteristically Christian is well-taken. If one chooses to witness through such means, one should guard his actions because his faith is on display.

However, Ms. Maher also made some arguments that do not stand up to Biblical teachings. Her referral to Jesus' admonition to pray in your closet rather than in public like the hypocrites do does not mean that people should not let others know they believe in Christ. It simply means that Christians do not try to draw attention to themselves in an attempt to make others believe that they 'just don't measure up' religiously.

She also claims to hold the view that faith is a personal thing and people should not say things that will let others know they are Christian. She states, 'the best way to let someone know that you are a Christian is by your actions, not your words.' While the faith experience and personal relationship with Christ is a personal thing, there is no Biblical principle that will support her view that one's Christianity should not be shared. The Great Commission commands us to go to all the nations 'preaching and teaching the gospel.' This command tells us that both our actions and our words should be used to tell others about Christ. Ms. Maher states that if you stop and help a lost or lonely student or carry the groceries of an elderly woman, 'they will truly know that you are a Christian.' This is simply not true. While these are things that Christians should do, without a verbal witness to tell these people about Christ, they will simply know that you are a good person. Simply being a good person doesn't lead someone to Christ or to heaven.

Ms. Maher claims that her 12 years of Catholic school and three years of Baptist school have taught her about Christianity. Our teachings about Christianity should come from the Bible, not the schools, even religious ones. It is only when we are learning from and walking with Christ Himself that we can truly do the will of God by sharing the truth of Jesus Christ with the world around us ... through our words and actions.

Kaci Sohrt

Psychology/Political Science '98

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