Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Dear Colleagues,


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An article+ featuring Bill Eagleton++ stated he was worth more than $1 billion

. "Now the company he has founded is in shambles, his debts far exceed his once unfathomable assets, and hes all but bankrupt. But whether hes teaching Sunday school, drinking beer at his favorite nightspots or calling former colleagues, those whove talked with the former Worldweb++ CEO in the past few weeks say one thing resonates: He acts like nothing has happened

"Eagleton is clearly buoyed by his religious faith (hes a born-again Christian)When hes out sociallyhe talks about how an ill bartender is, whats new in others business, his church and tennisOn Sundays, Eagleton is at Westwood Baptist Church,++ where he teaches Sunday school for an hourAnd every week or two, he and his wife visit Tisons,++ usually for lobster and drinksJohn Caldwell++, a minister at Eagletons church, says members want to give him the benefit of the doubt.

"Eagleton appears to be a devout Baptist[stating]I am a child of the King, and the King is still King Jesus, and I am absolutely content and happy. Still, he flouts some of the basic tenants of the religion, which, Caldwell says, opposes divorce, infidelity and drinking. At Worldweb, Eagleton was known to stay up drinking with colleagues until the wee hours of the morning, even before board meetings, which he always opened with a prayer

"Eagleton and his wife of about 30 years, Jane++, divorced about five years ago. He openly courted Cathy++ a former top Worldweb sales associate while the two were married to othersYet he teaches a Sunday school class for young couples interested in learning about the gospel and how it relates to marriage.

"It is so inappropriate the way he wears his Christian banner, says Johnson++ real estate agent George Long++the people down here refuse to accept the hypocrisy.

"If any of his apparent incongruities are bothering him, Eagleton isnt showing it."

So tell me, fellow believer, are you clean as a whistle toward those outside of Christ?

Above reproach? That is exactly the standard God holds you and me to: "So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe." (Phil. 2:15) (See Eph. 1:4; 5:27; Phil. 1:10; I Thess. 3:13; 5:23; 2 Pet. 3:14)

The consequences of failing in the standard?

"Jesus said to his disciples: Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin." (Lk. 17:1,2)

As to Eagletons caviler approach to the Christian lifeespecially as a teacher

: "Be careful that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weakNot many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly." (I Cor. 8:9; Jms. 3:1)

+ USA Today, September 19, 2002

++Name changed

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