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Editorial: Vikings' stadium needs a solution: Letter: The source of salvation

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A redefinition of social justice is threatening the historic American way of life: capitalism, free enterprise, individual responsibility, and Christianity. This redefinition emphasizes collective rights over the individual, just the opposite of historic Christianity and the Declaration of Independence.

In "Rules for Radicals," socialist community organizer Saul Alinsky said, "Action is for mass salvation and not for the individual's personal salvation. He who sacrifices the mass good for his personal salvation... doesn't care enough for people to be 'corrupted' for them." Alinsky believed in only two classes of people, haves and have-nots or oppressors and oppressed. He espoused the Marxist principle of redistribution of wealth: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

The black liberation theology of Jeremiah Wright is also Marxist: Whites in power got their wealth through corruption and the only way for them to be saved is by collectively giving up their power and wealth to the oppressed. Thus reparations are not enough. In 1995 the Alinsky and Wright protege Barack Obama said, "My individual salvation is not going to come about without a collective salvation for the country," which needs to be "fundamentally transformed." Under the guise of Christianity, Obama's current spiritual adviser Jim Wallis says social justice is the Christian Gospel. He means forced redistribution of wealth through the government for the salvation of all.

Wallis' Gospel is not the Biblical Gospel. Biblically, salvation is individual, not Alinsky's collective.

Salvation is by Jesus alone, his death on the cross, and his perfect obedience to God's law. No man can save himself or others by a works righteousness. Christian social justice is strictly voluntary through each believer giving to the poor. This evidences genuine individual faith and expresses true love for God and others. The parable of the Good Samaritan illustrates true biblical social justice; he voluntarily took on himself the bills for the injured person's care. If the perverted social justice of collective-works-salvation triumphs, American culture and Christianity will be fundamentally transformed. When politics oversteps its bounds and becomes redemptive, it becomes anti-God and destructive.

Ron Snyder

Willmar

Today the hopes of Minnesota Viking fans are high and they should be.

The state's beloved Vikings open their training camp this afternoon in Mankato, with the majority of starters returning for the National Football League season.

Coaches and fans alike are still waiting to hear whether Brett Favre will return for his 20th year as an NFL quarterback. Even those Vikings fans who last year doubted Favre's ability at age 39 are hoping for his return at age 40 this year. Favre's ankle will likely improve over the next weeks and he will return.

Under Coach Brad Childress, the Vikings have improved every year -- from six victories in 2006, to eight in 2007, to 10 in 2008 and to 12 in 2009. The majority of the 22 starters return for 2010.

At the outset, the Vikings appear to have no major weaknesses, except for an aging stadium lease, which run runs through the end of 2011.

The Vikings' home -- the Metrodome -- has improvements this year with a new turf installed, some new paint (purple, of course) on the outside and a new ticket area.

With Minnesota facing a $6 billion budget deficit in 2011, the Vikings' new stadium chances look to be slim to almost non-existent. Certainly, the state faces some bigger priorities.

Yet the loss of the state's most renowned professional franchise -- either by fan base or by franchise value -- would be a serious loss for our economy and psyche.

We hope a solution is found for the Vikings stadium needs. Hopefully, before it's too late and the Vikings follow the path of the North Stars.

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