Epoch Making

I recently read the book “God and the Oval Office” – subtitled “The Religious Faith of Our 43 Presidents.” It was an easy and fascinating read. I learned a lot and was surprised a lot. Some of the surprises were things I read about President Harry S. Truman. More on that another time. For today I just want to share one of his statements. It grabbed me again yesterday as Michigan had their primary elections. After observing the candidates and their particular emphases while campaigning here, I thought of it again. In reference to public opinion, Truman said, “I wonder how far Moses would have gone if he’d taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus Christ have preached if he’d taken a poll in Israel? Where would the Reformation had gone if Martin Luther had taken a poll? It isn’t polls or public opinion at the moment that counts. It is right and wrong and leadership – men with fortitude, honesty, and a belief in the right that makes epochs in the history of the world.” Amen.

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