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No name, no address, no interest

"Never answer an anonymous letter." These words of wisdom came from the oft confusing mind of Yogi Berra. Although his logic can be hard to follow, this insight is worth heeding. Anonymous letters should never be answered. But how does one answer...

"Never answer an anonymous letter."

These words of wisdom came from the oft confusing mind of Yogi Berra. Although his logic can be hard to follow, this insight is worth heeding. Anonymous letters should never be answered.

But how does one answer an anonymous writer? People do it all of the time without licking a stamp, by allowing the letter to influence them.

Unless you were born with rhino hide, it is hard not to be affected by the criticism often expressed by an unknown detractor. To prevent this from happening, I follow Yogi Berra's advice by refusing to consider any anonymous information, good or bad. I believe information that is not worth of its originator's identity is certainly not worth my consideration. On the rare occasion that I receive such a communication, I toss it out unread. No name, no address, no interest.

I believe an opinion requires an identity before it becomes valid. After all, how important can it be if no one will own it? To me it is baseless chatter, so why waste time with it? Reading an anonymous opinion only empowers the troubled person who sent it, by providing an audience for their thoughts.

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In Deuteronomy 19:15 God required a minimum of two or three witnesses before any accusation could be considered. Anonymous letters are obviously two or three witnesses short of this requirement. Therefore, the next time you receive a secretive missive of critical nature, listen to Yogi Berra and refuse to answer it.

Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.

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