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Nixon Resigns - 1974 (4 of 5)
Series: Time Machine
Pastor Kerry Shook
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Integrity: "The quality or state of being complete or undivided or incorruptible"
• Integrity is the power that fuels leadership
• Prov. 20:21 (Mes)
• 1 Peter 5:3 (NLT)
• Integrity is the basis for all great relationships
• 1 John 1:7 (NIV)
• Integrity is the pathway that leads to peace
• Prov. 10:9 (NLT)
... in 1974. I came across this humorous list that really expresses the differences between 1974 and 2002 and how much has changed in most of our lives. In 1974 it was long hair. In 2002 it is longing for hair. I can relate. In 1974 it was acid rock. In 2002 it's acid reflux for a lot of us. In 1974 it was growing pot. In 2002 it's growing potbelly. In 1974 it was trying to look like Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. In 2002 it's trying not to look like Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. In 1974 it was Rolling Stones. In 2002 it's kidney stones. Now there is a lot that has changed since 1974 and there are things about the 70's that we would all like to forget and I'm not just talking about polyester leisure suits and disco music. The 70's were tough times here in America. It was the decade of disillusionment. Just watch these images and be reminded of the highs and the lows of the 1970's.
The 70's were the decade of the crisis. There was the energy crisis as an Arab oil embargo forced gasoline to be rationed creating long lines at the pump. There was the Iranian hostage crisis as 3,000 Iranian students charged the U.S. Embassy in Tehran holding 66 Americans hostage. But, the first crisis of the 1970's was the worst crisis. The Watergate crisis. It was a constitutional crisis that rocked our nation and would forever change the way we would look at our leaders. A president who had great success in foreign policy and was riding high in the polls at home tried to cover up his involvement and knowledge of a burglary that happened at the Watergate Hotel at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Our nation was consumed with the scandal for two years until on August 8, 1974 President Nixon delivered on national television his resignation speech. After Watergate our nation asked the question - whom of our leaders can we trust? Is there anyone out there that we can look up to? The reason why it was the worst crisis is because it was a crisis of integrity. It was an integrity crisis. Who can we look up to? Now, we still face integrity crises even today. We're still asking the question, who can we look up to? With the clergy sex scandals and CEO's being handcuffed and carried away because of corporate fraud. Even that all American institution - Martha Stewart is accused of insider trading.