Cal Thomas needs to read the Bible more carefully ("In Santorum, evangelicals seek another earthly savior," Jan. 19). The parables he mentions do not prove that the kingdom of God is "invisible." Rather, they assert that the reign of God — which has come visibly in the person of Jesus — is worth giving up everything else for, and grows from small beginnings into great things.
Matthew 5:5-6 is Jesus' graphic way of telling his disciples that if they pray in public to gain the honor of men, then they should pray only in private. Paul's assertion that believers "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7) in no way forbids public worship, something Jesus himself did regularly.
Paul's assertion that "all authority comes from God" (Romans 13:1) does not mean that authorities are never at cross-purposes with God, which is why Peter and the apostles said "We must obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29).
Finally, although human righteousness comes "from the bottom," the righteousness of God comes down from above as a gift bestowed "through faith in Christ Jesus for all who believe," making salvation possible for all sinners. Romans 3:21.
Philip James Secker, Mansfield, Conn.