To the editor:

I am a subscriber to the Baker City Herald and have been reading with interest the prayer issue at Baker City Council meetings and also letters to the editor regarding this same situation. I particularly point out to Jay and Jerry Boyd, this scripture:

andquot;Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.andquot; I Corinthians 13:1.

Even using the name of Jesus at the end of a prayer, if it is not spoken in love but rather from rote or ceremony or to prove a point, does not guarantee that it will be heard. Indeed, love replaced law and your finger-pointing hiding behind scripture and personal dictate in accusation is the stuff that religious hypocrisy is made of.

Matthew 7:22 and 23 is a sobering scripture and should make all Christians aware of self-deception, another terminology for lawlessness. To judge a priest or minister as a coward based on an interpretation in a newspaper statement is narrow and segregating when their life in ministry far excels in excellence, sacrifice and love of God.

Colleen Clark

Mount Vernon