The story of the death of the American student Amy Biehl in South Africa [Aug. 30, Pg. 3] presents a terrible image; it is even more terrible because it could have been avoided. She could have remained at home, but instead she chose to go to Africa to make a difference.
Ms. Biehl was killed by apartheid and not a mob; anger fueled by oppression took her life. If blacks were part of the government in South Africa, then they would be part of a stable society. The past can be forgiven, but the future must be more than a promise.
Nothing in the New Testament speaks of segregation and inequality. The Old Testament tells people to live in peace with their neighbors. For God's Word to have meaning, it must find a place in the heart. The death of this young woman could have meaning if it made that place. Richard T. Hamer, San Dimas, Calif.
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