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A study in religious hypocrisy

THE PORTRAIT of the Wilkersons (''For family, religion shapes politics," Page A1, March 29) is an appalling study in the hypocrisy that has subsumed modern Evangelical Christianity. Michael Wilkerson is quite happy to wave First Corinthians 6:9-11 around to justify his bias against gays. For the Wilkersons, who rake in $120,000 a year and own a BMW, I have the words of Jesus, as written in Mark, 10:25. ''It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."

Evangelical Christianity was once associated with what was perhaps the first and most radical of American social justice movements -- abolitionism.

The Wilkersons' singleminded and self-absorbed quest for Heaven, for themselves and their children, suggests that they have also forgotten the lesson of Ephesians 2:8-10. ''By grace we are saved through faith -- yet we are saved unto good works, which God has ordained for us to perform."

How far from the teachings of Christ can one fall and still consider oneself so wholly Christian? How long will an agenda that claims to be the word of Christ yet ignores the spirit of Christian kindness and justice be allowed to hijack our national discourse?

MICHAEL FEELY
Medford


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