Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Dear Colleagues,


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Years ago I held a Bible study for business and professional men in the most exclusive private club in town

. These men were at the top of their game professionally, urbane and polished. Into this group came a rather scruffy-looking individual, who just didnt "fit." I remember my discomfort at the time, as it was my desire to attract the leading businessmen of the city. In looking back, most of those "sharp" men have long since disappeared, and the disheveled gentleman turned out to be brilliant in his field, with an enduring heart for God.

So tell me, can you identify with my wrong-headed inclination toward making snap judgments about people

? If so, here is a little drill that may just surprise you:

It is time to elect a world leader, and your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates:

Candidate A: He associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He’s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B: He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a significant amount of whisky every evening.

Candidate C: He was a decorated war hero. A vegetarian. Doesn’t smoke. Drinks an occasional beer, and hasn’t had any extramarital affairs

Which of these candidates would be your choice for the office? Before reading the answer below, consider the following Scriptures:

"The Lord saidDo not consider his appearanceThe Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heartStop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgmentWe don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look"

(I Sam. 16:7b; Jn. 7:24; 2 Cor. 5:16 b Msg)

The answer:

Candidate A

is Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Candidate B is Winston Churchill.

Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

"You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same thing." (Rom. 2:1)

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