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Grapes Of Wrath (2 of 4)
Series: Bad Bargains
1 Kings 21:1-29
INTRO: We live in a society driven by passions. It is amazingly ironic that at a time when our society has such a developed educational system and more and more people are getting higher degrees that we are still largely ruled by our emotions.
Evidence for this can be found at the highest levels of society, where leaders have given themselves over to satisfying their own passions rather than living by godly principles.
We must be careful to remember to live by principles rather than just passion, failure to remember who we are and what we stand for can result in the loss of our witness. It is so important to remember who and what we represent and guide the decisions we make based on the principles of that identification.
ILLUS: George Shultz, when Secretary of State during the Reagan administration, kept a large globe in his office. When newly appointed ambassadors had an interview with him and when ambassadors returning from their posts for their first visit with him were leaving his office, Shultz would test them. He would say, "You have to go over to the globe and prove to me that you can identify your country." They would go over, spin the globe, and put their finger on the country to which sent -- unerringly.
When Shultz's old friend and former Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield was appointed ambassador to Japan, even he was put to the test. This time, however, Ambassador Mansfield spun the globe and put his hand on the United States. He said: "That's my country."
On June 27, 1993, Shultz related this to Brian Lamb on C-Span's "Booknotes." Said the secretary: "I've told that story, subsequently, to all the ambassadors going out. 'Never forget you're over there in that country, but your country is the United States. You're there to represent us. Take care of our interests and never forget it, and you're representing the best country in the world.'" -- Dr. Wal ...
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